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Spreading Out Your Grocery Shopping

Dinner with My Family is on a one week hiatus (which is party explained below). It will return next week. Over the last month, Sarah and I have been experimenting with a longer period between grocery store trips. Prior to this month, we had almost always done a weekly grocery store visit, usually on Saturday but occasionally on Sunday or Monday.

Clearing Clutter? Think About Appearances, Too.

One of my Secrets of Adulthood is: Outer order contributes to inner calm. For many people (including me), in fact, this seems disproportionately true. It's not such a big deal to have a messy coat closet or a crowded desk -- yet I get a surprising rush of happiness and relief when I clear clutter.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Canning Fruits and Vegetables

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.

Workspace of the Week: One desk, two workstations

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Jacob’s graphic design studio: Jacob’s office is a wonderful example of how to arrange a desk when you have two separate needs for your work space.

Cal Evans and the Education of Freelance Developers

It’s not uncommon to find educational conferences and seminars for most professions. But finding educational opportunities when you’re a freelancer can be a more difficult matter.

Ask the Readers: How Would You Sell a Collection?

I am a collector. I always have been. When I was a boy, my parents gave me one closet in the trailer house to have as my very own. They called it the “rat’s nest” because I’d fill it up with all the sorts of things a boy might collect: bugs and twigs and baseball cards and comic books, among other things. As an adult, I’ve remained a collector.

How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

The comments section of a previous PickTheBrain post inspired me.   The post itself contained some great information about how to be more productive when you’re on a “night owl” schedule, including telling people to “Schedule Around Your Energy Cycle”.  But it’s the comments from this post where I think we can all learn the most important lesson on this topic. For better sleep cons

25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer

We round up 25 nuggets of writing wisdom from Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, Augusten Burroughs, Geoff Dyer, Steven Pressfield, and more.

Spare Change: Time to Travel Edition

I was disappointed when I had to cancel my planned trip to England last month. I’d been looking forward to hiking across the country, and to visiting several GRS readers. It worked out for the best, though: I’ve managed to tackle some projects here at home, and have had time to help Mom get situated in her new living environment. Now, though, it’s time to travel.

How to Save for Multiple Goals at the Same Time

Shannon writes in with a great question: I’m trying to figure out how exactly I should save for several goals that I have. Here are the things I want to save for: 1. A BlendTec blender – $300 2. A complete refinishing of the downstairs bathroom – $3,000 3. A vacation to Germany next summer – $5,000 4. A car replacement – $12,000 5.

5 Easy Ways for the College Student to Upgrade His Style

The image above is of Don Wardlaw, a real college student who was featured in a 1954 issue of True Magazine for Men for an article entitled, “Look What Happens When You Dress as Smart as You Are” (The Art of Manliness had some fun re-posting the pictures from the article awhile back).

Sitting + Standing Desk Combo

Materials: 2x Lack Wall Shelf (191cm), 2x Expedit Shelving Units (2x2) , 1x Expedit Desk, 6x Lack Shelf (26cm) Description: My wife and I just moved into our new home and decided to convert our upstairs hall area into a study for both of us. She wanted a regular sitting desk, while I was stubbornly adamant to have my own standing desk.

Expedit half shelf reconsidered

Materials: Expedit half shelf, small jigsaw Description: I bought this shelf insert, designed for Expedit, screwed it up and tried it in an Expedit shelf, only to realize I did not like it and felt it was useless... except if you want to put wine bottles in it. So I wondered if I could do something different with it.

Kitty cat's Clawpole

Materials: Antonius shelf, Ekby Stödis brackets, Hessum doormat, screws, metallic L-brackets, white paint, pole, jute rope, floor protectors, small nails Description: Since I think most cat-clawing furniture are both really expensive and ugly I decided to make my own. 1.Take the Antonius shelf and cut it in three or how many "floors" you want for your cat.

Twelve strategies for achieving your goals from the book Willpower

One of the topics covered extensively in Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength is goal setting and achievement. The book’s authors Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney identify 12 proven strategies for successfully reaching your goals: Having a positive attitude about the future.