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By Trent Hamm

Ask Unclutterer: Regrets and legacy items

Reader Andrew submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I agree and aspire to be neat, minimalist, the epitome of uncluttered … but I have a couple of high priced items that I haven’t used in some time but feel I would regret if I didn’t have them … primarily because I feel my kids could one day use them.

Bedroom radiator cover

Materials: Three Antonius shoe racks/plates (item 600.943.50 in The Netherlands, now discontinued), magnetic attachments, screws, wood, ventilation grill. Description: With our bedroom dress boys in place, I also wanted to cover the radiator: it didn't look nice, giving the room an unfinished look.

When Authenticity Ain’t Enough

It’s been the buzzword of all buzzwords in social media for at least a year.And, in response to my recent post, What People Think IS Your Business, many folks shared how important they believe it is “be authentic,” then let the chips pretty much fall where they need to fall career-wise.The word, we’d like to believe, will rally to support authenticity…and respond with

Making It All Work – In Closing…

This is the final entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. I’ve really enjoyed writing this series. It’s given me an opportunity to think deeply about this book and about some of the ongoing concerns and areas of focus in my own life from a bit of a different perspective than before.

Everything I Know About Freelancing I Learned from WHAM!

There’s something about skinny white men prancing about that just screams “business acumen.” And if there was any band more white or more prancy than WHAM!, I haven’t found it yet. So here is why everything I’ve learnt about freelancing can be attributed to WHAM! Wake me up before you go-go Wake me up before you go-go Don’t leave me hanging on like a yo-yo Wake me up before you g

Workspace of the Week: Wonderful workspace

This week’s Workspace of the Week is ATypical Type A’s crisp home office: The white background with the yellow and red accents makes this office a wonderfully decorated workspace. Additionally, the three yellow boxes and the three white baskets provide stylish but functional storage.

Ask the Readers: Is It Okay to Buy a Christmas Gift from a Thrift Store?

The holiday season can test a frugal person’s patience: There are so many temptations to spend. Sure, we all want to enjoy the festive nature this time of year, but where do you draw the line? And how fugal is too frugal? Michelle wrote with a terrific question. She has the sort of dilemma I can picture myself facing.

10 Tips on How to Be Your Own Boss

Working for yourself comes with plenty of benefits, one of which is working without having a boss breathing down your neck and stressing you out. However, what many people who go into business for themselves don’t realize is that without a boss nagging them it’s hard to stay focused and do the work that must be done.

5 Lessons Rugby Taught Me About Fatherhood

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Andrew Wyns. Mr. Wyns is the Executive Director of Bridges of Greater New York, a transitional housing program for men struggling with addiction and being released from prison. The sport of rugby finds its roots in soccer.

Spare Change: World Domination Edition

As the days turn dark and cold, 2010 is winding its way to a close and 2011 is fast approaching. It’s been a great year for me, but I’m looking forward to more progress in the months ahead. One exciting project on the horizon is Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit, which is just 177 days away.

"Sometimes You Have To Work Through Pain To Get To Happiness."

Happiness interview: Theo Pauline Nestor. Through a group of great writers that I've gotten to know, I "met" (virtually) Theo Pauline Nestor. I immediately wanted to read her book, How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed, because it's a memoir of divorce -- and one of my happiness-project resolutions is to Read memoirs of catastrophe. I loved this memoir and read it in two days.

Out With The Old, In With The New: Bank Some Meals

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 9. Bank some meals. A lot of times, after a long day of working and child care, I really don’t feel like I have the energy to cook a great meal from scratch.

Snow fun?

Materials: Ikea big blue bag Description: So, it started snowing. And it didn't stop. The schools are closed, the roads are closed. Still, we can play in the snow yeah? um well no actually the girl's waterproofs are em, yep at school. As the snow is now 2' deep this posed a problem. Until with a flash of genius, scissors, duck tape and two Ikea big blue bags.......... ta daa.

The Ultimate Twin Highchair

Materials: BJURSTA dining room table Description: We have a very small home and twin babies. Our small dining room/living room will not comfortably accommodate 2 high chairs and a dining room table. I heard about activity tables for daycare centers. They sell for $300+, which is not in our high chair budget.

How to Make Every Night A Date Night

Too tired for sex? Make it a date night and see what happens. Spending quality alone time with your spouse will give your relationship the nutrients it needs to thrive. Unfortunately, intimacy is often the first thing to get cast aside and set on the back burner.