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By Trent Hamm

Broder display stand

Materials: Broder system and custom iron work Description: Using a Broder "T" foot and two "L" feet. I cut the "L" feet so I could weld them onto the "T" foot. This made an "X" foot so a single Broder post can be self standing. Next I used 14 Broder Center brackets. I cut the two ends of each bracket, leaving the center with the hooks for the post.

Reader Mailbag: Travel

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. Infant car seats 2. Roth and 403(b) questions 3. Paying off mortgage early 4. Managing a pay increase 5. Bonds owned by the deceased 6. Using bonuses 7. Depression and the reader mailbag 8.

When Does a Freelancer Need a CPA

Credit: photo by kozumel/flickr There’s a point in every business when having a CPA becomes necessary. Your taxes get too complicated for the local tax preparer, you need to start thinking about saving for retirement and you generally need to make sure that you’re bringing in enough money to grow, at least a little.

LACK side table to shelf hack

Materials: 4 LACK side tables, a broomstick Description: During remodelling I was in need of a shelf to be placed beside my bed. It should hold my alarm clock, the entertainment center and some other stuff. Not finding anthing I like and not wanting to spend money into something I dislike I almost left IKEA empty handed.

Uncluttering method: Tackling the most annoying thing first

The question I am asked the most is: “Where should I start uncluttering?” I typically respond to this question with the standard “start small” response — a drawer, a purse, a pocket of a coat.

Cheap Solutions: Closet Organization

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. An organized closet is a practical thing to have. It saves you time in the morning, since you don’t have to dig through a sea of shoes for a sole mate. It can save you money, as well. I know I’m guilty of buying something without realizing I already owned something similar. But a major closet overhaul can be pricey.

Goodbye New Year’s Resolutions, Hello Monthly Habits

If you’re like most people, you don’t even think about making New Year’s resolutions anymore. It’s just too depressing to feel like a failure when you can’t stay on that diet, or continue that exercise program. Maybe you’re motivated for the first week or two, but then there’s the Superbowl party when you blow it by pigging out on nachos and beer.

Lab Rat: Do Your "Most Important Task" First?

Matching our most focused time with our hardest task makes sense, yet most of us do the opposite. We experiment with the “Most Important Task” first approach.

Difficult Questions We Face in Creating a Happy Life.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or Quiz Day, or List Day. This Wednesday: Difficult questions we face in creating a happy life. As I think about happiness, and talk to people about their own happiness challenges, certain issues come up over and over.

GRS Housekeeping: Comments, Follow-Ups, and Tweetchats

It’s a busy week for me. I’ve been writing and editing like mad, trying to prepare for my upcoming trip to South Africa. Things are going well, but there’s still lots more work to do. In the meantime, I realized there are a handful of housekeeping points I need to mention: I’ve changed how I’m responding to comments.

Be a Man. Read a Poem.

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Ty Karnitz. Poetry. The word spawns images of dark coffee houses, bongos, berets, women with black hair and clothes, and feelings best kept private. The word has a stigma on it these days. Poetry is for angst filled teens and Hallmark cards. Today, poetry seems to be the antithesis of manly. But it wasn’t always so.

The Lifestyle You Want

For the first time in quite a while, I was watching a live program on television, meaning I couldn’t just skip the commercial breaks if I so chose.

Wide Standing Desk

Materials: Vika Byske Legs (5), Capita Bracket (2 packs), Lack shelf, Franklin 29' Barstool, Vika Amon Table Top Description: I was just poking around one evening and I came across the motorized standing (adjustable height) desk for around $600. I knew about standing desks but I had no idea how beneficial they could be. I really wanted one but not a small desk for $600.

Unitasker Wednesday: Tea-Boy Penguin Tea Timer

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! This just may be the cutest, most precious unitasker ever! Introducing the Tea-Boy Penguin Tea Timer: It’s so cute, I am actually reticent to poke fun at it. So, let me encourage you to have fun with this $30 device in the comments.

Tim Ferriss on tolerable mediocrity, false idols, diversifying your identity, and the advice he gives startups

“For me, the objective has always been: How do you improve per-hour output to the greatest extent possible? And how do you concurrently design the lifestyle that you want to have? Because I do believe that life is intended to be enjoyed. For many people, they love what they do, but they don’t want to do it 80 hours a week.