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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

Putting Unclutter Your Life in One Week to the test

Photographer Tasra Dawson put Unclutter Your Life in One Week through the ringer to see if she could clear the clutter and organize her life in seven days. She documented the process with a video series on her website and I want to share it with you. She starts with her closet (where the book begins) and works through to her living room.

Keeping children’s toys from overwhelming a room

Today we welcome Brett Kelly, who blogs about technology, new media and whatever else the voices tell him to at http://brettkelly.org. He’s also a really swell guy. A few months back, I was gingerly tip-toeing across the room where my children napped in an effort to get some laundry put away.

Reader Mailbag: Lost, Laundry, and Long-Term Debts

You asked for it, you got it. Until further notice, there will be a second Reader Mailbag on Thursday mornings. I’m a 23 year old single male student planning to move out of my University’s dorms.

FINANCIAL IQ TEST: How Healthy Is Your Budget?

By Nora Dunn Budgeting is one of the hardest things for any of us to do well — and stick to. It requires discipline, attention to detail, and persistence. But it doesn’t have to be impossible; and effective budgeting can actually be quite empowering. Following is a Financial IQ Test to help you determine how healthy your budget is.

Like Pulling Teeth: 5 Steps to Freelancing Success

I was eleven when I removed two of my front teeth with a pair of needle nose pliers.Many use the phrase, “like pulling teeth” to describe a very difficult process. If you’re just starting out as a freelancer, chances are good that you’ve not yet encountered the tooth-pulling part of the gig.If you’re a veteran, you already know what I’m talking about.

The cherry blossom lantern

With Chinese New Year just roaring in in just a few days, this seems apt. This one's from Joey. "Here's the Ikea hack I did on the Regolit lamp!

How My Real Estate Investing Adventure Came to an End

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker, whose own blog previously featured a comparison of money gurus in Dave Ramsey vs. Suze Orman.

How to Finally Overcome Shyness

I used to be a very shy person. Whenever I was around other people I would stress out. When in the company of more than one person, I was generally very quiet, and speaking to a group of even two or three friends was a difficult thing for me to do.

So You Want My Job: Rocket Scientist

Davy Haynes on board the NASA recovery ship Liberty Star, 120 miles out in the Atlantic recovering the first stage booster for the recent Ares 1-X test flight. Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. This is usually the point where

To Find Happiness, One Millionaire Gives His Wealth Away

One of the primary themes of Get Rich Slowly (and of Your Money: The Missing Manual) is that it’s more important to be happy than it is to be rich. I learn this lesson over and over again, but sometimes it seems like I forget it just as often. At the end of last summer, before I started the book project, was one of the happiest times of my life.

Nine Things You Can Do Every Day – Even When You Can’t Do Anything Else.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Nine things you can do every day -- even when you can't do anything else. We all promise ourselves to do better, but it can sure seem impossible, some days. I try to keep a list of things that I can do every day.

Putting Out Fires

Recently, I had a long conversation with an old friend of mine whose opinions and ideas I value greatly. He asked me what personal finance mistake I see people asking me about the most often on The Simple Dollar and, after a bit of thought, I told him that the most frequent mistake I see is that people are constantly blindsided by unexpected events.

Learn The Art Of Following Through: 5 Steps To Ensure You Will Achieve Your Goals

It is already February in the year of 2010. I wonder how many people are still following through their goals or New Year Resolutions? It is sad to say this but most people have already started to put their gym memberships to waste or have stopped following up on their new business plans. Why is it so hard for people to follow through their goals?

The Dangerous Boss

When you work for a bad boss, it is easy to just try to “keep your head down” and do your job. If your boss is merely annoying, this isn’t a bad strategy.