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By Jules

When to let chaos reign

Danielle LaPorte is in the midst of finishing work on her next book and recently tweeted the following: Danielle’s perspective is wonderful. I know her home and work spaces are usually well organized, clutter free, and inspiring. While she is in crunch time with her book, though, she has let many of her minor responsibilities go for a few days as she focuses on what matters most to her.

LED powered Lack shelf

Materials: Ledberg, Lack Shelve Description: Simple LED lights behind the Lack, it slides all the way to the wall. But I find it's missing a next LED on top. ~ Georgyboy, Rotterdam, Holland

Reader Mailbag: Juggling Act

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. Closing a credit card 2. Estate planning and shared accounts 3. Personal finance percentages 4. “Nerdy” hobby 5. FHA loan question 6. Umbrella insurance 7. Caucus season 8.

How to Keep Your Thanksgiving Budget Thankfully Low

This post is from staff writer Sarah Gilbert. We’re all skilled in the ways of the holiday budget; most of us start thinking about it in the fall, with most attention paid to Christmas gifts, feasting, and New Years’ celebrations. And if we’re traveling to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving, that budgeting has already occurred.

Freelance Toolkit: How to Get Started Video Blogging

It was just a few years ago when the major bottleneck for websites was producing content — you had to be an expert in web design AND a good writer to put content on the web. Video production was even more difficult with bandwidth issues, dozens of formats to consider, and that doesn’t even include the cost of shooting, editing, and post-production. Today is completely different.

Personalized Grundtal tins

Materials: Grundtal tins, Paper Description: I have developed free downloads to personalize the Grundtal tins. Just print the pdfs (two different alphabets, one bold, one normal) and place them in the Grundtal lid. Free download at my non commercial personal blog (no ads whatsoever!) In the "Link to this hack" option I filled in the post where I describe everything (in German).

11 Simple Ways to Become Confident Like a Rap Star

When I was younger, I was a very shy guy. I often wondered how it would feel to be confident like a rap star. I mean, does Snoop Dogg ever feel insecure? Could you picture a shy rap star? How would you feel if you just didnít care about what other people thought? How awesome would it be to feel comfortable in every situation? Itís just a stupid dream, right?

Spare Change: Reader Submissions Edition

When I returned from Peru, my inbox had nearly 1000 messages to be processed. That actually wasn’t so bad — I was expecting more. Still, as you might imagine, it takes days to answer 1000 messages, and I’ll be working on e-mail until Thanksgiving, I’m sure.

From Idea to Reality: A One-Year Case Study on Launching a Successful Business

September 15, 2010 From: Matt To: Colin, Charlie Here’s a thought… we all have a reasonable amount of disposable income to invest.  I say we push this talk into a seriously productive conversation and put our money where our mouth is.  Let’s START A BUSINESS. _____________________________________________________ This was taken from an actual email that I sent out to my friends, a

How to: Use BESTA casters on EFFEKTIV base

Materials: 4 BESTA casters (2 per package), EFFEKTIV base Description: With Ikea officially halting production of casters for the Effektiv file cabinet line last year, I've been on the prowl for a quality looking solution -- and this one will be easy-peasy! 1. Purchase 2 sets of 2 BESTA metal casters from Ikea. Item code: 401.341.87 This will run you 20 dollars.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Farmers Market or Gardening

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.

VIKA GRUVAN Coffee Table

Materials: VIKA GRUVAN and VIKA AMON Description: Materials: - 1 IKEA VIKA GRUVAN Table Top 140*70cm - 1 IKEA VIKA AMON Table Top 120*60cm - 1 IKEA VIKA AMON Table Top any-length*60cm - black paint (Optional) - 4 long wood screws - 6 pairs of cam lock and screw + 4 wood dowels OR, several L brakets Tools: - drill - saw, I rented a circular saw - screw drivers Description: I coul

Forget a Name? 6 Tips for Faking It.

I have a lot of trouble remembering people's names. (My husband, on other hand, is freakily good at remembering names and faces -- a very handy virtue in a spouse.) Also, I often have trouble remembering why someone looks familiar.

Pax Sandwich Door

Materials: 2 Pax Doors, Hinges, Hard Foam Insulation, Door Handle, Nuts & Bolts Description: I love Pax doors. They are cool, sleek and inexpensive. I picked up these Pax doors on clearance at my local Ikea. I wanted to make them into a swinging door for my utility closet in my hallway.

Unitasker Wednesday: Fizz Saver 2-Liter Soda Soft Drink Dispenser

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! In theory, I don’t have issue with this week’s unitasker selection (the idea of not having flat soda is a good one).