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By Brett Kelly

Free-Standing Brimnes Headboard for Renters

Materials: Brimnes headboard, 2 Vika Furusund solid wood table legs, hand saw, tape measurer, pencil, screwdriver, shorter screws or a Drimmel Description: Unfortunately it seems too many of Ikea's headboards are designed to be wall-mounted. That complicates things for renters like myself (my landlords LOVE the wallpaper in the house).

Five Surefire Ways to Kill Your Marriage

I don’t have to tell you that marriages and lifelong partnerships are tricky and unfortunately, many fail. However, most of us dream of the one woman or man to spend the rest of our days with, blissfully happy until we take our last breath.Why is it then that there such a huge gap between this wish and the implementation of it? Why do so many marriages end in broken hearts and shattered souls?

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #63

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. I spent some time this week planning a family trip this summer to Yellowstone.

Why Videos Go Viral – Video

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Why Videos Go Viral by Kevin Allocca. He is YouTube’s trends manager, and he has deep thoughts about silly web video. In this talk from TEDYouth, he shares the 4 reasons a video goes viral.

"Bonde" with glass shelves

Materials: Bonde Description: When we wanted to buy glass shelves to the bookcase, this you could not buy! We contacted the local glazier and asked them to do two pieces of glass, the size of the shelf that we had with us. Click to read the rest of the post >>

Sandwich paper Regolit lamp

Materials: Regolit shade, hot glue, sandwich paper Description: As many other hackers before me, I wanted to turn my cheap but boring Regolit shade into something special (and if my idea comes close to some other hack, that did not happen willfully!). Click to read the rest of the post >>

What Happens When the Sad Clown Finds a Mirror?

There is a common phrase amongst people with a relatively pessimistic or self-destructive outlook. You’ll have probably heard it several times in your life, if not perhaps even said it yourself.

Bright built-in office nook from reused Ikea pieces

Materials: Billy bookcase, Expedit desk top, old Ikea desk Description: We started with an old beech Ikea desk, 2 white Billy bookcases that were providing storage in the basement, and some loose pieces from the As-Is section - and ended with a bright and welcoming workspace. Click to read the rest of the post >>

Buy Fewer Children’s Toys, but Buy Higher Quality Items (68/365)

Every so often, Sarah and I go through our children’s toys and set some aside to donate to Goodwill. Our children tend to receive a lot of gifts on their birthdays from their army of loving grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, so they tend to wind up with a large number of toys. From those toys, we find ourselves pulling out the same type of toys over and over again.

Hacker Help: Sliding doors for the Aneboda?

Materials: Aneboda Description: Hi everyone :) I have a relatively small bedroom and not enough money to afford a sliding door wardrobe. I've been eyeing the Aneboda wardrobes for sale on the second hand websites and ever since I stumbled on Ikeahackers I've wanted to do some hacking myself! Is there any way to transform two Aneboda wardrobes into one large sliding wardrobe? Any ideas??

"It Was Very, Very Dangerous To Live Even One Day."

"She felt very young; at the same time unspeakably aged. She sliced like a knife through everything; at the same time was outside, looking on. She had a perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, out, far out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to live even one day." --Virginia Woolf, Mrs.

Want to Boost Your Self-Esteem? Throw Away Someone Else's Trash.

Self-esteem is a topic that has generated a fair amount of controversy over the last few decades, but one thing seems clear: you don’t get healthy self-esteem from constantly telling yourself how great you are, or even from other people telling you how great you are.

A Survival Guide for Beating Information Addiction

Post written by Leo Babauta. Are you suffering from information addiction?

How to: Cover a cut up shelf

Materials: as-is table top + leftover blind slats Description: This is more of a tip for hackers than an actual hack. I have been reading lots of the hacks on this website and have used some ideas in small projects. Today I bought a small tabletop in the Ikea As-Is dept. I wanted to cut it down and use a pieces as a shelf in an open-front built-in cabinet I have.

Ask Unclutterer: Routines on a constantly varying schedule

Reader Cat submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I have read your book and your blog (including the recent post about establishing routines), I feel that your advice for scheduling routines is most applicable to individuals with regular office jobs, or more generally individuals who have a more control over their work schedules.