Featured Blog

Unclutterer

By The Unclutterer Team

Top 10 PDF Tools to Improve Your Document Workflow

Every freelancer works with tons of documents daily. We receive detailed business proposals, technical requirements, data sheets, specifications, portfolios, etc. The majority of these documents are PDF files. The popularity of the PDF format is easy to understand: it is readable on various devices, has pure content structure, and has limited editing options.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Quiet Edition

As I write this, I’m in a quiet room with all the lights off. I’ve been rocking my youngest child for more than an hour to get him to take a much-needed nap. He’s had an intestinal bug for the last three days and hasn’t slept comfortably during any of it. The room is so quiet that my fingers sound like drums on the keyboard. I can hear the hum of the fan on my laptop.

If The World Ended Tomorrow, What Would You Do Tonight?

The world is gone. Everything you’ve ever known has disappeared. Time is now an echo, with few to record it and fewer to care. Could this ever really happen? Millions of people, from the Discovery Channel to big-time Hollywood directors, to you and me, have been asking this question forever. Of course it could. The planet was here for 4 1/2 billion years before us.

7 Tips to Know If You're Boring Someone.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Seven tips for knowing if you’re being boring. In a movie I love, a quirky documentary called Sherman's March, the documentary maker’s former high school teacher tells him, “As people get older, they get more like themselves.

Turn Paranoia Into Plan B (Because Things Might Get Worse)

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool.

6 Steps To Scaling Your Freelance Business

Credit: Pressmaster on Photodune Isn’t it about time you got a raise? As freelancers, it can be difficult to make that happen. Sure, we might be making a comfortable living today, but what about tomorrow? If you’re supporting a growing family or if you’re looking to upgrade your lifestyle, you’d better start thinking beyond just your next project.

Plant Pot turned Sand Pail!

Materials: SOCKER plant pot, drill, metal file, sisial rope Description: We couldn't find pink metal sand pails for our beach party, so we decided to "hack" the IKEA socker plant pots! We simply drilled holes in the sides, and filed them down with a round metal file. Then we used some sisal rope, that fit the hole quite snuggly to create the handle.

5 Ways to Stay Positive Every Day

What do bestselling self-help authors Maxwell Maltz, Tony Robbins and Rhonda Byrne have in common? Their works, though published decades apart, all promote positive thinking as a fundamental aspect of personal growth. It makes sense: optimism keeps you happy, provides the energy to overcome challenges and is attractive to others.

Childhood Nightstand Goes Mid-Century

Materials: Ikea nightstand (Rast), saw, Watco Danish Oil, 4 table legs, 4 angled top plates with screws, furniture oil, sand paper, tape measure, pencil, screw driver Description: This little Ikea nightstand has been in our family for 30 years and has been through three kids. By the time it got to me it was covered in water stains, chipped veneer and scribbles.

The Four Archetypes of the Mature Masculine: The Lover

This is the third part of a series on the archetypes of mature masculinity based on the book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading the introduction to the series first.

Get Free Professional Financial Help During Financial Planning Days

When Kris and I attended our college reunion last month, we met many folks from other classes. For instance, I chatted with Harvey Gail, who graduated ten years before we did. We had plenty to talk about anyhow. Turns out Gail is the executive director of the Financial Planners Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Where Did All of My Time Go? A Recipe for Reclaiming Your Time for Success

I have, right here at my side, a list of several big projects that I’d love to take on. It’s all stored in a document on my computer. I have a video series that I’m collaborating on with a few people. I have a few standalone websites I’d like to design. I have two different books I’d like to write.

Turn Pax Rails into Sliding Doors

Materials: Besta Rails, Shower Clamps, Ikea cabinet handle, Plexiglas sheets Description: Removed all conventional doors in my house. I hung 70" BESTA rails ($25)over the door openings. I then used shower door clamps ($6.each) to slide into the Besta railing. I had my local plastics company cut me a 1/2 inch sheet of frosted Plexiglas with beveled edges ($90).

7 Tips for Accomplishing your Goals in Bite Sized Pieces

When it comes to accomplishing our goals we’re encouraged to reach for the stars and set big hairy audacious goals. Although it’s great to be ambitious when we set goals like this, we get so overwhelmed by how we’re going to actually manage to accomplish such things that we don’t bother to take action in the first place.

September resolution wrap up and introduction of October’s goal

September passed in the blink of an eye (a very grey and wet blink for those of us in the Mid-Atlantic), and I’m still in shock that it is already October.