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Movember 2011 Wrap-Up: Team AoM Raises $49,346 and Takes 12th Place in the US!

Well, another Movember is on the books here at AoM. For those of you who are new to the site, during the month of November, the Art of Manliness participated in Movember, an annual fundraiser in which participants grow mustaches while raising money for men’s health issues.

Industrial Loft Ceiling

Materials: Broder Shelves, Hex Bolts Description: My laundry in the basement has a open unfinished ceiling. I wanted to cover some of the pipes, wiring etc. without the hassle of a drop ceiling or sheet rock. I also wanted it fairly accessible because I am always running cable or wires for my home theater systems. I really don't know how I got the idea.

2011 Unclutterer Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Ultimate generosity

Every year we have written the Unclutterer Gift Giving Guide, we have picked a gift that we believed to be the most generous gift you could give (or ask to receive) to an unclutterer. In 2007, we recommended the Fujitsu ScanSnap (PC and Mac). In 2008, we chose the Kindle. In 2009, it was my book, Unclutter Your Life in One Week.

The Key to Happiness: Know Yourself.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! For the last month of this year, instead of tackling a theme, I'm going to discuss a question: What is the key to happiness?

Make a wine rack out of an IKEA bed frame

Materials: MALM bed frame Description: How to repurpose a discarded MALM bed frame into a 60-bottle wine rack! This is not mine; I saw this on LifeHacker this morning, and had to share on your great site! See more of the Ikea bed turned wine rack by Jeremy S Walworth [via Lifehacker]. ~ Stephen Haley, Dallas, TX

Keyboard Tray for Expedit Desk

Materials: Expedit desk, Billy Shelf, Keyboard Tray Slides, screws included with the slides, drill, drill bit, screw driver, hand saw, masking tape, stud finder Description: They said it couldnt be done but I did it! What: I wanted to put a keyboard tray on my expedit desk but every forum I read said it couldnt be done due to the desk being built with a cardboard honeycomb core.

Make the Most of Twitter’s New Interface

Last week, Twitter released a new online and mobile interface to try to simplify and make it easier to connect with others.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Canning Beans

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Proofreading – An Essential Skill for ALL Freelancers

Thanks to the internet, reaching prospective clients has never been easier. Whether you are a freelance web designer, writer or international mountain guide, you are likely to have a website, twitter account, LinkedIn profile and blog – and so you should. Without these tools, most of us would be lost.

Avoiding Competitive Shopping For Fun and Profit

This post is by staff writer Sarah Gilbert. As a personal finance writer and editor, I have watched many a Black Friday with a mix of fascination and horror.

IKEA Expedit 4x2 turned fireplace/media console

Materials: 1 Expedit black/brown, 1 framless firebox, 4 screws Description: I wanted a fireplace with a media center or console.. Since I had already been using my Expedit 4x2 bookcase as my TV stand+storage I started to visualize a way to recycle it and use it with a fireplace. So I looked around for a 27" firebox without a mantel until I found one.

4 Simple Ways to Increase Focus and Get Things Done

Not too long ago, I set up a reminder for an event that my boss would be attending. When the day of the event came we received the reminder about three hours before the start time. I was shocked – I am usually much better at reminding him than this. We got everything taken care of and in the aftermath I started to evaluate what went wrong.

A Beginner’s Guide to Whittling

The Yankee boy, before he’s sent to school, Well knows the mysteries of that magic tool, The pocket-knife.

Key and letter holder all in one

Materials: Fläta storage rack for writing materials, VARDA or BEHANDLA glazing paint, piece of wood, 3 BLECKA hooks, 2 hangers (from a construction market), gold paint Description: I needed something to organize my keys and letters so I thought of working something myself. I had some piece of wood left over.

FAKTUM back rest for NORDEN bench

Materials: 3 FAKTUM wall cabinet with HÄRLIG doors in white (50 cm x 70 cm), 2 PERFEKT cabinet cover in birch (99 cm), IKEA STOCKHOLM BLAD fabric, cellular material (for ex.