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By Tim Ferriss

Starting Something From Nothing

I mentioned a while back that I had some big plans in place for 2012 with regards to some projects for The Simple Dollar. I thought I’d share part of these plans with you today. One of my big goals for 2012 is to find a publisher for my fantasy novel. The novel is mostly written at this point and I’m pretty happy with it.

Kitchen turntable

Materials: Skala, Snudda Description: So simple, so cheap and so useful for the kitchen corner that I can't believe Ikea doesn't sell anything like that. I have the sink place in the corner of my L-shaped kitchen and I couldn't waste that space. As you know, specific corner racks are quite expensive but I just wanted something movable under my countertop!

Everyone is a Philosopher: Mindset Matters

“Success is dependent on effort.” –Sophocles “We are what we repeatedly do.

Retro Varde spice racks

Materials: 2 x Varde Description: I snagged the last 2 Varde's in Toronto before they were discontinued. I only had room for 4 of the 6 shelves on each side of the stove, so first I cut them down. My previous experience with all the Ikea connect-from-the-back shelves is they sag over time, no matter what you do.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #43

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. 1.

Promote Your Freelance Service with A Buzz Piece, Video

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Promote Your Freelance Service with A Buzz Piece by Lexi Rodrigo. In this video she shares with us the effectiveness of creating a free, soft pitch, promotional item to give away to clients.

This Lack (Shelving) TV unit doesn't LACK Creativity!

Materials: LACK Shelving Unit, Capita Legs, Ekby Viktor Shelf Description: Essentials: - Lack Shelving Unit (White) - 1 each - $59.99 (discontinued in USA) - Capita Legs 6" Long - 6 each - $24.00 (price for 8 each) - Ekby Viktor Shelf (Red) - 1 each - $ 5.99 - 1/8" thick White Panel Board - 1 each - $12.98 (Home Depot) - White Nails - 1 box - $5.98 (Home Depot) - Virtu Black Con

Minimalist Training: How to Make and Use a Bulgarian Training Bag

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Joe Hashey, CSCS. Are you sick of waiting for machines at your local commercial gym?  Perhaps you just want to spend more time at home and are looking for a workout solution.  Whatever your reason might be, making your own version of a Bulgarian Training Bag is an effective and practical solution. What Is a Bulgarian Training Bag? The original creati

Dinner With My Family #36: Wisconsin Farmhouse Chowder

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. As we slip deeper and deeper into fall, our family is starting to eat more cold weather food – thicker soups and chowders and so on.

Desktop with rugged wheels as coffee table

Materials: VIKA VEINE table top, wheels from hardware store Description: Inspired by a table seen in a commercial with big wheels as "feet" for a coffee table I searched through IKEA's table top selection. VIKA VEINE fit my needs for size and storage. Because of built in storage the table is of perfect height as a coffee table, 36 cm from the floor. Step-by-step 1.

Why You Shouldn't Let That Dreaded Call Go to Voicemail.

I was talking to a group of people a few nights ago, and someone mentioned a resolution that I thought sounded terrific. "Whenever I can see on my phone that I'm getting a call from someone I really don't want to talk to," she explained, "I force myself to pick up right away. I never let a dreaded call go to voicemail." "Oh, I always let those calls go to voicemail," someone responded.

Award-winning trophy clock

Materials: PUGG clock / trophy / power drill / plastic primer spray paint (optional) Description: This PUGG clock hack won me a trophy, and the trophy is the clock hack! Logic as circular as the clock itself. The dilemma: I want it on the mantle but it keeps falling over - too front-heavy and no base. The solution: Make it a trophy Click to read more>>

Little Moments

Each day is filled with little moments. Playing “catch” with a soccer ball with my son in the back yard in the cool fall air, both of us bundled up and kicking a ball back and forth. Smelling freshly-made scrambled eggs with tarragon and salt and pepper on top. Listening to a thought-provoking program on the radio. Going on a long mid-afternoon walk in the park and admiring the fall co

Ask Unclutterer: Storing large brim hats

Reader Joanna submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: As I was cleaning this weekend I was completely stumped when I tried to figure out how to store the three hats my husband and I own. Not baseball caps or winter hats, but two cowboy hats and my wide-brimmed sunhat. We use these regularly and don’t want to get rid of them.

Cat EXPEDITion

Materials: EXPEDIT shelf (1x5), HAMPEN carpet (80x80 cm), an old cat tree, cutter knife, nails, hammer, drill, glue, some screws and 4 metal-angles Description: In our living room, we have the big EXPEDIT shelf (5x5) as a room divider to split up the couch and TV corner from the desk corner. We have two cats and they like the shelf ...