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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Danielle LaPorte: 20 personal money practices that got me to a place of grooving prosperity. (part 1)

9. Pay someone to do it. This flies in the face of some theories: “Why work an extra week at your job to afford to hire someone to paint your living room? Work less and paint the living room yourself.” Um, no thanks.

Uncluttered benefits of learning people’s names

Have you seen the “What’s That Name?” sketch from the Paul Rudd-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live this season? If not, go watch it, it’s pretty funny. SNL writers got this sketch right when they poked fun at the way people routinely dehumanize each other.

All Value is Perceived Value

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. A lot of folks hate advertising, and it’s hard to blame them.

Life Awash: 5 Principals I learned At Sea

I have grown up near the ocean my entire life and I have learned much about the strong currents, rough surf, and powerful nature of a storm at sea. As a long-time diver, I have recently begun to notice that the nature of the sea is much like the nature of the land.

The Fastest Path to Happiness

By Tina Su “Happiness belongs to those who are easily contented.” — Aristotle Here’s a gentle reminder that Happiness is a state of mind within us. It is a chemical reaction based on where we put our focus, and which perspective we choose to experience the world from. We are the ones who hold the key to lasting happiness.

Rainer Maria Rilke: Trust In What Is Difficult

Our new "Creative's Bookshelf" series recommends essential books that inspire and instruct. We start with Rilke's timeless work, "Letters To A Young Poet."

14 Tips for Holding a Productive Meeting.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 14 tips for holding a productive meeting. Nothing drains happiness faster than a long, unproductive meeting. You’re bored; you’re not getting anything done; emails are piling up while you sit, trapped.

GRS Blogger Profile: Robert Brokamp

Get Rich Slowly started as a place for J.D. to write about money. Over the past five years, it’s grown beyond that. It’s now a multi-author blog. Two weeks ago, the staff writers shared brief bios to give readers a little background. Today, contributing writer Robert Brokamp does the same. Enjoy! Hello, GRS’ers.

Some Notes on Filing for Bankruptcy

A reader who asked for anonymity wrote in: I’m visiting a lawyer next week to get started on filing for bankruptcy. I have no way to pay my debts or even make the minimum payments each month. My problem is that I simply can’t find a place online that actually explains what the different kinds of bankruptcy are and how they work in any terms I can understand.

Good ol', cheapo upholstered Gorm Bar

Materials: Gorm Posts, Gorm Shelves, Gorm Corner Shelf Description: This is I and my husband's first hack. After weeks of trawling through this site, I managed to convince DH that building our own bar would be cheaper than buying a new one. We wanted an L shaped bar and thought about using expensive IKEA pieces for this, but settled for good ole, cheapo Gorm.

Quick table

Materials: LÄMPLIG chopping board, Vika Curry Description: I needed a small table to put my printer on. I couldn't find any table suited at the Ikea store, so I hacked one together from the LÄMPLIG chopping board and used 4 Vika Curry legs to support it. It took me 15 minutes to piece it together and for €20 in materials it wasn't expensive. ~ Adri Mathlener

Unitasker Wednesday: USB-Powered Foot Warmer

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Some of my favorite unitaskers are USB powered devices — the USB-powered eyelash curler, the USB pet rock, the USB-powered hamster wheel.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Can a waffle iron make more than waffles? For the first time since we nominated it back in 2007, I have come to doubt our Unitasker designation for the waffle maker after learning about the fun new website: Waffleizer.com. What is your free time worth to you? Over on the economics blog Marginal Revolution, a reader asked Tyler Cowen how to determine the financial value of his free time.

Blow Up Your Relationship with Your Mother-And Get One Step Closer to Being the Man You Want to Be

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Wayne M. Levine, M.A. If you want a very quick take on how important this article may be to your future happiness and success as a man, honestly assess your reaction to its title. What did you feel? Were you aghast? Did it offend you? Did it piss you off? Are you utterly confused?

Horizontal Floating Billy

Materials: Billy Wall Shelf Description: I loved the floating Billys, but for our apartment we needed a horizontal line, not vertical one. The Billy Planner let us conceive of lots of different options, but we ultimately settled on this. It is made entirely of Billy wall shelves which are typically used with the Billy book cases, but we used them alone.