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Stacked EXPEDIT "built-in" bookcases

Materials: (3) 2x2 EXPEDIT bookcases, (3) 2x4 EXPEDIT bookcases, wall-mounting hardware, (2) long pieces of 2x4 lumber, shims, base & crown moulding, mitre saw, paint (color matched to match EXPEDIT shelving) & paint supplies, nail gun with finish nails, PJAS baskets, LEKMAN boxes (red) **** plus a TON of other IKEA items to create a kid's playroom (RIBBA picture ledge for books, SNOIG wa

No batteries required

Materials: LJUSA dynamo torch Description: It was time to replace the batteries from our daughters toy piano. But instead I removed them all and mounted inside the piano some components (gearbox and electronics) from the IKEA LJUSA dynamo torch. I just needed to drill some holes and solder two wires, that's all.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #41

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. Sheena Iyengar on the art of choosing Why do we make the choices we make? If we’re trustworthy decision makers, why do we often second guess our choices?

Freelancers: How to Find Your Best Prospects, Video

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Freelancers: How to Find Your Best Prospects by Ed Gandia. In this video he shows us how to find high quality prospects through triggering events.

Clayton Grey Inspired Nailhead Side Table

Materials: Lack Side Table Description: I bought two Lack tables. I assembled one fully and used the top of the second glued it and used it as a base which created the form I needed to replicate the nail head side table from Clayton Grey. I used strip nail heads and followed the lines in the picture! Total Project: 14.00 2-tables 18.00 for strip of nail heads.

Hacker Help: Problems with holes

Description: We have three homes with a lot of Ikea furniture. But, how can you be proud of your kitchen or about your Billy when they're showing off plenty of small holes, correctly made for you to choose where to put your shelves? How can I solve this real big issue when Ikea is having hole plugs, or hole covers, or hole caps, only in black?

How to Start Your Morning: 5 Tips to Create More Energy and Confidence

Does your morning routine feel more like a “mourning” routine? The first 30 minutes of your day has a powerful grip over the rest of your day — your morning behaviors and attitudes can influence how you feel and what you do for the rest of the day.

How to Ski Powder – 15 Tips for Learning in 24 Hours

(Photo: RunningClouds) Last-minute packing is an art form, and most of my trips allow me to pack less than 10 pounds for a world tour. This time, 10 pounds was just the starting point.

How I Changed My Life, In Four Lines

‘What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.’ ~C. S.

Dinner With My Family #35: Peanut Butter and Apple Wraps

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. This week’s goal was simple.

Be Happier: Wake Up Earlier.

My happiness project has turned me into a sleep zealot.

Trade Show Booth? Ikea Saves the Day

Materials: Stolmen System, Lack Table and Expedit Shelves Description: We were in a bind, had a trade show to set up for with limited budget and time. We attached the Stolmen poles to the booth with clamps that were included in our truss system. This was a Family Pet Expo and we knew the displays had to hold up to kids playing with all the products.

Dresser to Bedframe? Yes.

Materials: 10-year old IKEA dresser, screwdriver, saw, screws and glue. Description: In the spirit of repurposing an IKEA resource and not letting solid wood go to waste, I was determined to transform a 10-year old IKEA dresser into something extraordinary.

Ask Unclutterer: Hesitant to get rid of old computers because may need files off old machines

Reader K submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: We have a few computers that should be donated, but I’m deathly afraid of losing files that either weren’t migrated to the new machine or were created after the new machine was up and running (and therefore, not on the new machine). Is there some sort of computer utility program that can compare the directories (and nested subdirecto

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Riding a Bicycle

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.