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By John Wesley

The Indirect Connection

A few months ago, a friend of mine bought a used car to replace his worn-out beast from the mid-1980s. I was impressed when he told me he had paid cash for it. I was even more impressed when he told me how he bought this used car. His method was simple. He didn’t go to a dealership or shop on the internet for his car.

15+ Best Desktop Publishing Resources and Beginner Tips

Desktop publishing has become a critical business skill today, and the use of the Internet means that creation of print content is no longer the only consideration. Now the documents you create likely have to be displayed in both print and on the web. This article looks at how to determine the right tools for the job, as well as resources for getting the best possible desktop publishing resu

Lovely Lack Bench

Materials: LACK shelf, CAPITA legs (4), IKEA STOKHOLM BLAD fabric, cellular material (for ex. VYSSNA SLAPPNA mattress), self-adhesive hook-and-loop tape, spray glue Description: My LACK shelf was for a long time in our cellar, then I decided to give it a chance for a life in our apartment. :) I had a lot of leftovers from our move into a new apartment.

Which 'Love Language' Suits You? And Your Partner?

Over the weekend, I read Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages, and I found it fascinating.

Judgment Be Damned

Last week, I shared how inviting judgment can and should be a critical part of any creation endeavor; how judgment is really just data plus emotion. And we shouldn’t reject the data simply because we’re not equipped to process the emotion in a constructive way.Now, a word of caution…Being open to outside opinions and data does not mean “surrendering” your intuition.

Google+ Pages: What’s the Hype?

Is it just me or does it seem like everyone is rolling out new technology this time of year?

On Edge

Materials: 9-Ply & HEMMA Cord set Description: This finished plywood lamp, held together by the tension of its own electric cable (the IKEA HEMMA Cord), attempts to add visual and functional purpose to the necessity of being bound to a cable. The combination of form and cord allow the object to be used in a variety of positions, as seen in the installation-photos.

Freelance Freedom #237: Inter Office Revelation

Once a week, we feature a fantastic freelance-themed comic from the talented N.C. Winters. Why not also take a look at our comic archive?

Reader Mailbag: Hand in Glove

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Investing in a taxable account 2. Pushy mother of child’s friend 3. Buying furniture 4. Going back to school 5. The burden of care 6. Idle computer energy drain 7. Consaidering a job change 8.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Ask Unclutterer: Regrets and legacy itemsAndrew wants to know: “Have you ever regretted getting rid of something?” and “What do you do about ‘legacy’ items?” Pack rats in fiction: Through the Looking GlassIn chapter eight of the tale “It’s My Own Invention,” Alice encounters the White Knight, a man with a nasty manifestation of Just-in Ca

Tiny MALM Shelf

Materials: MALM Nightstand Description: Like many other IKEA enthusiasts, I have the MALM bed setup. I originally had 2 nightstands connected to my bed. Over time I felt like my bedroom was too cramped so I removed one nightstand. The leftover nightstand serves no utility without its bed attachment so I figured I'd try to make some use of it.

Protecting Yourself Against Sexually-Transmitted Debt

This is a guest post from Claire Brown. Previously at GRS, Claire shared a reader story about how she learned about frugality from de-cluttering. As we hit the season of Christmas parties and New Year bashes, many GRS readers are probably thinking about 2012 financial resolutions, budget gifts and how to whip up a frugal feast for 25th of December.

Why You Should Take More Time for Yourself

In today’s busy world, it’s easy to put everyone else first. With the demands of work and family, it might feel that there’s not much time left over for you. Perhaps you even feel guilty about taking time for yourself – after all, shouldn’t you be spending that time with your kids, or your spouse, or your in-laws? We all need time to rest and recharge.

Artful Expedit

Materials: Ikea Expedit Bookcase, 4 mm screw eyes, 1/2" cup hooks, 12x12 canvases Description: I love my Ikea Expedit bookcase but I wanted to hide some of my unsightly clutter (like ratty library books and student papers waiting to be graded).

Mission Style Bedside Nightstands

Photo courtesy of IKEA Materials: Bekvam Kitchen Cart, Stain, Paint Description: Cut the legs short, and equal length to be the height of the bed mattress. Threw out the wheels. Stained all horizontal wood with a teak color stain. Painted all vertical wood with a seagull grey paint. The mission style bed frame matches the Bekvam cart shelf style perfectly! ~ Joe Black