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By John Wesley

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: August 14, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

Increasing Creativity and Productivity with Your Morning Routine

The sun comes up and for most of us, it’s time for work. Or is it? How you start your work day can have a huge impact on the rest of it. Your morning routine is the lynchpin for either reducing or increasing creativity and productivity. For example, on days I meet with clients, of course I get showered, dressed, and ready to head out as soon as possible.

Linkswitch #31: New Business Ideas, Facebook Ads, Design Tips

Can You Make Ends Meet on a Single Income? My wife and I made a conscious decision roughly 20 years ago to live on a single income. At the time, we just had our first child and we didn’t feel right leaving her at day care all day long. Also, my wife really wanted to be home with our daughter.

Guest information packets: Be organized before your house guests arrive

Lifehacker has had a series the past couple weeks on how to be a good host and house guest in today’s society. Contained in their post “How to Be the Perfect Host in the 21st Century” is a wonderful section on how to be organized before a guest arrives.

Summer Meal Series #11: Turkey Quesadillas

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. Most of the meals I’ve shown so far in this series are perfect dinners. But what about the humble mid-day meal, where you just want something smaller and lighter – and something that’s very quick to prepare?

The Best of the Business Blogs, July 2010

At the start of every month, we’ll be rounding up the best posts from the business network of blogs and directing you to them.

bath organizer to succulent garden

Materials: Visen bath caddies Description: I have a tiny patio which receives very little light, but I still wanted a home for plants. The patio wall managed to get a little light, so I lined the 2 bath caddies with felt, filled 'em with dirt and stuffed them full up succulent cutting to make a cheap-o hanging garden. ~ sara p

I wish I’d known that

Advice for design grads from a creative director.

How to Make Ideas Happen

1st-rate people w/ 2nd-rate ideas OR 1st-rate ideas w/ 2nd-rate people? Guy Kawaski talks to Scott Belsky.

WNYC Radiolab: Words

New Radiolab episode about the science of a world without words.

Ask Unclutterer: Trash or treasure old stuffed animals?

Reader Kay submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I’m trying to figure out what to do about all my old plush toys stored in *mumble mumble* cardboard boxes in the *mumble mumble* basement. I know the Unclutterer idea of taking pictures of sentimental objects before taking the next step; what I don’t know is what the next step should *be*.

Interpreting Reviews and Knowing What to Buy

Wendy writes in: I know that you have touched on this a bit in the past, but I would love to see an article specifically addressing how you research an items technology, durability, and expected lifespan when making your purchasing decisions. I have two categories of interest: - rarely reviewed items.

Throw Away Other People's Trash, or, How to Boost Your Self-Esteem

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project.

Are You Obsessed With Money, Freedom or Impact?

Guest post from Peter Shallard, the Shrink for Entrepreneurs.

Workspace of the Week: Sewing storage in disguise

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Clara in Paradise’s whimsical sewing room storage. But, to appreciate the After photograph, you should see what the area looked like before: I like the idea of creating a closet — even with faux doors — to streamline a room and reduce visual clutter. I also like the fun Clara clearly had creating this storage space.