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Famous Quote of the Week

A quote can help you get through the day, maybe even bring you inspiration in it´s own way. But what is it that makes a great quote? Is it that a famous person once said it? Or maybe it´s just something you came up with while taking a shower?

My philanthropic pledge

A case of 99% inspiration. Warren Buffett pledges to give away 99% of his income.

Do Good Things Happen to Good People?

Giving is the most potent force on the planet and will protect you your whole life.

10 Money Myths That Keep You From Making Big Money: Tip 4

Image courtesy of Paul Weber “I need money to survive.” Wrong. This is a survival mentality and a self-fulfilling prophecy. To the extent you believe this, you therefore become more and more desperate for money.

Ask Unclutterer: Processing car clutter

Reader Ruth submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: As a mini-van driving mom (and unabashed unclutterer), I am stymied by trash that seems to accumulate in the car on a daily basis. Dirty kleenex, gum wrappers, parking stubs, crumpled notebook paper, empty water bottles – all mysterious appear in the back of the car when I am not looking.

Dress Yourself For Free: How to Host A Clothing Swap

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. I spend almost nothing on clothes. According to Mint, I’ve spent $199.50 to clothe my family of five this year. They say the average U.S. household has spent $1258.62.

Getting Things Done: Getting “In” to Empty

This is the sixth entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. Last time, we focused on going through your mind, your home, and your workspace to collect together all of the loose ends and undone things in your life.

Ask FreelanceSwitch #13: What to Charge? Does News Writing Pay?

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, Travis King and Thursday Bram look at how to charge and about becoming a freelance writer. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

Walk-in closet using Pax Malm doors

Materials: PAX Malm sliding mirror doors, PAX cabinets with Komplement fittings Description: The previous owner of our house had installed a fireplace in the living room but that resulted in a quite awkward retrofitted chimney passing through the bedroom upstairs. After some thinking I came up with the solution of building a walk-in closet "around" the pipe.

Workspace of the Week: Home office comfort

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Snidegrrl’s snazzy workspace: I chose this office because it’s well organized, but more importantly that it has so much wonderful work surface. It’s great for handling home paperwork and as a place to retreat and curl up with a good book.

Going Sockless in the Summer

As a teenager, flip flops were a staple for me in the summer. I would go through a pair or two each season. But as I got older,  I stopped wearing flip flops. Why? Well, for starters, I realized that men have really ugly feet and that most people probably don’t want to see my ugly man toes all the time.

Living “The Simple Dollar”

As many of you know, my new book, The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams is due to be released at the end of this month and should be available in bookstores all over the United States in early July.

Where Do You Go For Your Daily Inspirational Refill?

Inspiration is something that occasionally runs out for everyone, but there are ways to get it back in a snap. When I run out, I usually visit a lot of different sites – but occasionally I also take a walk in the wilderness.

"Oddly, I Am a Naturally Sunny, Optimistic Person Who Has Also Struggled with Depression."

Happiness interview: Maia Szalavitz. I recently made a new friend, Maia Szalavitz, and I was thrilled when I got my hands on her new book (with co-author Bruce Perry), Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential--and Endangered. Empathy, and the ties that bind people into relationships, are key elementsof happiness. The book has many fascinating sections.

More kitchen drawers!

Materials: Rationell Variera, Wood sticks, glue gun Description: Since my knife drawer was such a sucess... I decided to complete my custom Ikea kitchen drawers to include a silverware and cooking utensil drawer! Just sketch on paper, ask your local home-store to cut pieces of wood to size, take them home and glue them on! More photos on my blog post. ~ Laura Pazzaglia, Anzio, Italy