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By The Unclutterer Team

Baked Lampshade

Materials: Ikea Orgel + baking paper Description: When I was baking the other day... ... looking at a piece of leftover baking paper in my hands I had an idea and an old lampshade (Ikea orgel) down the basement. Click to read the rest of the post >>

5 Things to Give Instead of Money

For many of us, money is tight at the moment. Perhaps you’ve got a friend in need of support, or you want to contribute to charity … but you just don’t have any cash to spare. Thankfully, money isn’t the only thing that you can give. In fact, it may not even be the most useful.

"Night fly" lampshade hack

Materials: IKEA lampshade in suitable size, fishingline, stiff fabrick and gluegun Description: I used a lampshade that I found good in size, removed all of the fabric and used the metal base of the shade. The flowers were cut out of the fabric in two different sizes.

Problem With Procrastination? Try This: Do Nothing.

Just about anyone who has ever put off a troublesome task is familiar with one of my Secrets of Adulthood: Working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination. When there’s some chore you just don’t want to tackle, every other chore seems alluring.

Combined book shelves to create a 2x8 Expedit

Materials: Expedit Description: The Expedit shelving units are great: very simple in style, and great for books. However: - none of them really did fit the wall I wanted it to stand - I really don't like those ugly crevices where the boards meet - and the color needs to match my newly painted white walls So I took two IKEA Expedit (2x4) in the super-standard (and rather ugly) white.

Use a Bicycle (40/365)

The winter is easily my least favorite season. It is very difficult to be outside for a long period of time when the temperature is approaching 0 F, as it often is in Iowa during the winter.

Space-efficient IT-Workstation under 250,00 Euro

Materials: "Vika Amon" (white, table top - 17,00 Euro) "Vika Annefors" (white - 35,00 Euro) "Vika Alex" (white - 60,00 Euro) "Vika Byske" (table top - 79,00 Euro) "Ekby Alex" (white - 39,00 Euro) 2x "Signum" wireway (10 Euro - not required once another the table stands towards another table) 4x Torx-screws 6x60 (T30) 4x Tor

Workspace of the Week: Inspiring cord management

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Tomek’s cable containment solution: Good cable management is hard to master, but Tomek has done an impressive job with his home office. He has attached a pegboard to the back of his desk with nails, and then has plastic pegboard locks keeping the cables in place.

Tailor Your Sales Style to Fit Your Clients’ Needs

Like many other freelancers, I have a hard time selling myself. It’s something I know I have to work on this year. But as a freelancer, we don’t have someone else out there selling our services for us.

Ikea Malm drawers change table nursery upholstery makeover

Materials: Fabric upholstered Malm drawers Description: Before my son was born I prettied up a double width chest of Ikea Malm drawers we bought for his change table. In hindsight, this probably wasn't the best project to undertake heavily pregnant as it involved a fair amount of crawling around on the floor, but I'd still rate it a pretty easy DIY.

Letting Go of the Past

When I was a boy, one of the biggest things my father and I shared was baseball. We would listen to all of the Chicago Cubs games all summer long on the radio, watch many of them on television, and follow the day-to-day standings in the newspaper.

Have You Found Your Calling in Life?

One of the questions I tend to get asked frequently by people who start reading my blog is “How do I find my passion?” or some variation of that question. It’s a tough question to answer because there’s no real formula for it.

Three Game Plans for a DIY Valentine’s Day

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. I love Valentine’s Day. I know many people don’t — they think it’s a commercial holiday that makes people feel obligated to drag themselves to the pink and red grocery aisle and sort through an explosion of cellphone-wrapped chocolates, candy hearts, hideous stuffed animals, and $4 cards. Love is expensive!

Do You Have a Thriving Business? Prioritize to Improve Productivity

We talk a lot about marketing and securing clients here on FreelanceSwitch, but there’s another aspect to freelance life that comes as your business starts to flourish–being overwhelmed! It’s hard to deal with, actually, because you spend so much time learning how to launch your business and probably less on learning how to cope with it when it’s running like a fine-t

Hacker Help: Containers for Markor

Materials: Markor: horizontal piece with 5 across, 2 up/down square openings Description: I bought the Markor horizontal bookcase (with 10 square openings in a 2x5 formation) a couple years ago, but I never found good containers for it.