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By Leo Babauta

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Unique shoe storage/display solution

Materials: Ekby Laiva shelves, Circular Saw, drill, screws and wood glue Description: By cutting Ekby Laiva shelves in two lengthways, I managed to create a slimline shelving solution for shoes which when assembled looks like a piece of designer furniture (for a fraction of the price!) The shelving was assembled on the back of a second hallway door which we don't use, although it does still

Broder "farm" for a meal a day

Materials: Broder pole and shelves Description: It is not my hack, but I encountered this project and since it was all built with Ikea stuff I thought it might be fun for on this site. How to grow your own meals in future :D See more about growing your own meal with the Broder system. ~ Marjolein Noyce, the Netherlands

Aversion to Change

Across the country, state and federal funding is being cut for education and this has left many communities scrambling to figure out what to do.

Creating an “In case of …” file

My resolution for the month of August is to get my “In case of …” file updated. It’s not a difficult task in terms of time and skill, but it is difficult to muster up the motivation to want to work on it.

Freelancer’s Guide to SEO – More Visibility, Traffic, and Clients

Credit: Pressmaster on Photodune To describe SEO as a simple process would be a lie, but it’s not magic.

Building and Using a Time Diary

During the month of May and the first half of June, I kept a time diary.

Webinar Experiments: Creating Information Products That Sell

Credit: Stephan Ridgway on Flickr Making information products is a way for freelancers to add another income stream to their business. It’s exciting to create your first product. It starts with an idea – you realize that you’ve got some good information, and you think people would pay for it. So you choose a format for the product.

Expedit Breakfast bar / Desk

Materials: One 2x4 EXPEDIT, One VIKA AMON 59" Table, 6 of 1.5" L-brackets Description: The goal for this project was originally to create a new computer desk for the apartment using the "Wall of EXPEDIT" hack. However, after putting the VIKA AMON table on top of the EXPEDIT we figured that the table was just too big for a lonely iMac.

How to Get Cheap Drugs

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money. She also writes about frugality, intentional living, and life in general at her own blog, Surviving And Thriving. Six of the highest-selling prescription medications in the United States will be “off-patent” before the end of 2012.

Not Getting Enough Work Done? Try Taking More Breaks

It’s five pm on Friday, but you’re staring at a stack of work that you really need to get finished. You’ll be working over the weekend ... again. And you promise yourself that next week, you’re going to be more organized. You’re going to work harder. You’re going to focus. Except, somehow, that never seems to work. You’re wondering what the heck you’re doing wrong. Well...

Say you, Say me. Let's win some money.

This is not a hack. This is a problem! One night I was awoken with a loud crash. I thought a Decepticon had crashed through my windows but when I went to check – horrors! - at least 6 pieces of tiles had fallen off my bathroom wall. What the … who has ever heard of tiles falling off the wall? It's been an eyesore since.

How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver in 6 Different Situations

You’re in a restaurant enjoying a dinner with friends, when all of a sudden you hear a woman shriek: “He’s choking!” You calmly excuse yourself from the table and dash with effortless cool towards the source of the loud yell. You find a man with a look of terror in his eyes, gripping his throat, indicating that something is lodged within.

The Finalists for the Art of Manliness Put Up Your Dukes Contest: Vote for Your Favorite!

We’ve finished up judging the entries in our Art of Manliness pose contest, and boy, was it a good time! So many creative, funny, and of course, super manly entries. Who knew so many Art of Manliness readers already had such great mustaches, which were simply ready and waiting to be called up for action? You can see all the entries here and here. A big thanks to all of you who entered.

Nobody's Perfect: Why We All Need A Margin For Error

You can’t control the universe. But you can anticipate the unexpected and build the necessary wiggle room into your schedule.