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By Brett Kelly

"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.

The Ultimate Quilting Table

Materials: 2 Ikea Expedit bookcases, 1 Ikea Numerar countertop, 4 heavy duty casters and 2 2x4s Description: As any quilter will tell you, a large table to support the quilt is a must have item. We were looking at all kinds of hacks for months before walking into IKEA and seeing the Expedit bookcase on it's side and on casters! The wheels starting turning...

Creative Freelancers Unite! Preview of Photoshop CS6

I’m going to tell you a little secret that causes me some embarrassment. I still use Photoshop CS3. I’m going to chalk it up to the fact that I am skeptical of constant software upgrades and the fact that I’m not a graphic designer. Still…I’m so behind the times.

Breaking Through the Frustration Barrier

Personal finance can be really frustrating at times. For starters, money success can take a long time to achieve. If you’re in a big hole of debt, you’re looking at years of digging just to get back to zero. People are often encouraged to start saving for retirement in their twenties, even though most won’t actually retire until their seventies.

Enhance Your Freelance Writing Career with These 5 Tips

Every writer requires some new input at whatever stage they are in their career. Constant improvement, or kaizen as the Chinese call it, must become a part of the writer’s lifestyle. A serious writing career has demands, just like any other, and requires deliberate action towards a targeted end. Have you ever sat down to think of how to make your writing have more impact?

FÄRGRIK candle holder

Materials: FÄRGRIK Mug, moss, candle, floral foam, styrofoam eggs Description: 1. Cut a piece of floral foam and fit it inside the cup. 2. Heat the bottom of the candle and glue it with wax on to the foam 3. Add moss on top and eggs. See more of the Easter decoration. ~ Sibylle

A Magician of Time

It’s strange sometimes to see yourself through other people’s eyes. Others see things — both good and bad — that you don’t see in yourself. “I see you as outdoorsy,” a new friend told me the other day, which caught me off guard.

How To Recognize and Deal with Controlling People

Why do people end up trapped in relationships with someone who has a controlling, even abusive, personality? The main attraction of the controlling person is his charming and disarming façade while he’s in the beginning stage of obtaining what he wants.

Getting Better vs Being Good

Perfection isn't everything. By setting goals based on improvement - rather than looking smooth - you can stretch your potential and reduce your anxiety.

Coat Rack with a bit of Wall Protection

Materials: Molger Floor Decking and Attest Knobs Description: Normal coat hooks near the door have always had the problem of buttons, zips, etc. scrapping the walls so we wanted a different solution. Our answer was to use four Molger floor decking panels with 10 (5 packs of 2) Attest knobs as coat hooks - other knobs are available! Click to read the rest of the post >>

Take Advantage of Hand-Me-Downs (67/365)

When Sarah and I had our children, we were somewhat lucky in that a lot of our friends and family were having children around the same time.