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By John Wesley

Stabbed By Conventional Wisdom?

See that picture? It’s a hospital visit waiting to happen… More than once, it’s ended in death. And, it unfolds in millions of households every day.Take a look toward the middle. Yep, see the knife blade sticking straight up. How many of you have been mildly stabbed by similar silverware set-ups?We’ve all had certain daily wisdom passed down to us.

Workspace of the Week: Ikea hacked

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Thomas’ office in Germany: After learning in the comments to our Unitasker Wednesday post that German’s grow asparagus with skins so hearty they need to be peeled (who knew?!!), I thought it only appropriate that today’s Workspace of the Week continue on this German theme. Thomas’ desk is a simple Ikea product with Ikea attachments (h

Let them eat cake!

Materials: Lampan Table Lamp, Tin Tray Description: The IKEA Lampan shade is removable for bulb replacement, and the shape of the base resembles the pedestal of a cake stand. It just so happened that I needed a cake stand, or more specifically, a cupcake stand. I began by disassembling and removing the electrical and lighting components.

What to Do When You’re Completely Unsure

This is a guest post by Tyler Tervooren of Advanced Riskology, a blog with resources for extraordinary risk takers. You can follow him on Twitter @tylertervooren. Personal finance is full of confusing concepts, puzzling equations, and no lack of professionals with conflicting advice about what you ought to be doing and how you ought to go about doing it.

Are You A Slave to Your Email?

When did you last check your email?I'd bet it was within the last hour. Quite possibly within the last ten minutes. You might well have your inbox open right now, with message alerts jumping up at you.Almost everyone I talk to feels that email takes up too much of their time.

How To Motivate Your Self for Weight Loss

There are a millions of people who want to lose weight that’s for sure. However, many tried and a lot failed to do so, why? Because they lack one very important ingredient of a successful weight loss and that is motivation. Motivation is the most significant factor if you ever decide to lose weight because without it, you’ll just end up frustrated and depressed.

Forecast the Weather Like Daniel Boone

Technology has brought the world a long way, enabling us to consume more information in a few short minutes on Google Mobile than folks decades ago could locate in a week by plowing through books at the local library.

Ride around Wine Glass Rack

Materials: Förhöja and two pieces of Lämplig Description: I had some empty space in my kitchen and was looking for both some storage space as well as a wine glass rack. Since regular stores couldn't supply this for me I decided to hack one myself. The hack is simple but elegant. Starting with a Förhöja kitchen cart I added a wooden bar on the upper inside.

20 Favorite Dirt Cheap Meals

A few days ago on Facebook, I asked the fans of The Simple Dollar what their favorite dirt cheap meal was. The responses poured in, so I decided to pull out 20 of my favorites and share them with you. Sticky rice, peas, and soy sauce (shared by Leslie) is pretty simple and not altogether different than something I used to make in college.

Living Like a Millionaire on Pennies a Day

This is a guest post from Sean Ogle, a former portfolio analyst who is now pursuing his goals of starting a business and seeing the world. You can read more from him at Location180. You can also follow him on twitter @seanogle. Last fall, I quit my job.

Dream tree night light

Materials: Utensil holder used as lampshade, reclaimed tree stump Description: My friend Nick Lombardo and I have started a company called Evolving Habitat. Our philosophy is "Reclaim. Reuse. Relive" designing and creating furniture and housewares made from reclaimed goods,wood and found treasures.

Unclutterer giving away two Wi-Fi Amazon Kindles

Unclutterer readers are the most amazing readers on the internet — at least in our (unabashedly biased) opinions.

Reader Mailbag: National Novel Writing Month

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. Living on less 2. Retirement or debt? 3. Strategic foreclosure 4. Help partner or yourself? 5. Which retirement plan? 6. Paying student loans early 7. Exceptional Microsoft Office deal 8.

The Truth about Burning Bridges

You’ve no doubt heard that expression, “Don’t burn your bridges.” And, yes, it is a good idea to stay on good terms with former employers. After all, they could become clients. Well, I’m here to tell you that burning bridges does not deal a fatal blow to one’s freelance career.

Focus: My new book on simplicity in the age of distractions

Post written by Leo Babauta.