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By Jules

Ivar cabinets mounted on wooden supports

Materials: Ivar Description: I had a lot of Ivar cabinets assembled in the standard fashion, until one day one of the metal tabs that supports the cabinets gave way. That's when I decided to mount the cabinets on simple wooden supports. I think it looks much neater. This also turned out to have the added advantage that the cabinets take up less horizontal space.

Can PMI Be a Good Thing?

This week, I’m going to take a look at a few of the longer questions that have been languishing in the reader mailbag.

Unitasker Wednesday: Doughnut To-Go

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! There are times when I learn about a unitasker and my first thoughts are: “This has to be a joke. A reader is trying to punk me with a fake product on a fake website.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Do you do your most important work first?I structure my day by doing the most important tasks first. This means I sit down at my computer and start writing before checking e-mail, Twitter, voice mail, or even comments on Unclutterer. If I’m at my desk at 6:00 a.m., I won’t get to the other tasks until usually 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.

Caged By Your Brain?

So, some of you may have noticed that my friend, Chris Brogan, recently launched a project called Escape Velocity.Escape velocity is a metaphor for the energy it takes to break free of current patterns that stop you from being who you want to be and living in the world the way you want to live.I’ve been honored and humbled to be a contributor to that collective endeavor, along with a small g

Make Her Laugh, Make Her Breakfast – Why Laughter Is The Best Aphrodisiac

Forget the roses and moonlight serenades, the secret to winning a place in a woman’s (or man’s) heart is a great big belly laugh. Laughter not only makes us feel good, it can also be the cement that seals the relationship. Laughter builds trust Laughing out loud releases endorphins and oxytocin, naturally occurring chemicals that help to relieve stress and increase feelings of well being and

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: “The Novel” Edition

If you want to follow the progress of the novel I’m writing for National Novel Writing Month, I’m posting daily updates of the work-in-progress at http://trenttsd.posterous.com/. Each day that I make notable progress, I’ll be posting a Word document that contains the whole novel to date.

The Campus Roommate’s Guide to Maintaining Productive Efficiency

Photo credit: ethanhickerson on Flickr College freelancers, many of whom probably live on campus, can attest to this: it’s a pain in the rear to stay productive when you live with others. Even if you don’t live on campus or go to school, sharing living space can really put a damper on your productivity levels, hindering both your academics and your freelancing.

Use a browser extension to limit the number of open windows and tabs

Browser tabs and windows have a nasty habit of multiplying. It’s easy to find yourself with a half-dozen browser windows open, each one having several tabs active. As you might expect, this has a serious effect on general system performance and stability. To mitigate this particular problem, I use a Firefox add-on called Window and Tab Limiter.

Kitchen cabinet for the bathroom

Materials: Lillangen sink, Faktum wall cabinet Description: I liked the small Lillangen sink for my small bathroom, but disliked the Lillangen cabinets; I feel they are of mediocre quality, ugly and too high for comfort. So instead I got a 57 cm high, 60 cm wide Faktum wall cabinet with Abstrakt door and side panels and Capita feet.

More Women Participating in Retirement Plans

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. There’s a lot of bad news during a recession: High levels of unemployment, foreclosures, and huge dents in the average Joe’s net worth. But one good thing to come out of the financial crisis is that more people, women especially, are making an effort to better understand and contribute to retirement plans. Participation increases in employer

What Kills Your Motivation?

It changed my perspective entirely when I took the time to identify the motivation killers in my life. For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to write a teen fiction book. Besides my love for writing, the primary motivation behind my goal has always been to create an original story that sucks young people in and gets them excited to turn to the next page.

How to E-mail Virtual Assistants (or Any Assistants): Proven Templates

(Photo: Alan Clark Design) [Tim's note: This is a guest post by Ramit Sethi on two of my favorite topics: one-shot-one-kill e-mail, and creating policies so you never repeat things.] Enter Ramit Why is communicating with virtual assistants is so hard? When I first started using virtual assistants (VAs), I tested assistants from India, Bulgaria, and Israel.

5 Stick to Your Ribs Soups from Around the Country

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Matt Moore. Game day. No matter the sport, there are certain key elements that remain essential for entertaining: Great Friends + Excellent Food + Cold Beer = Perfection.

Self Directed IRAs

I’ve been learning a bit more about Individual Retirement Accounts and wanted to share a few things I’ve learned about how flexible IRAs actually are. Obviously talk to a qualified financial advisor before acting on anything you see here.