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By Brett Kelly

Pictures of Insanely Cool Creative Workspaces

I’m fascinated by workplace design. Not humdrum gray carpeted rows of cubicles, but seriously cool, built to inspire, visionary work spaces.

Should You Quote Rates Over the Phone?

I try to deal with my clients via email, rather than over the phone. It’s not really a question of whether or not I want to chat on the phone. Instead, the way I handle clients makes me more comfortable with setting rates and other tasks in writing. Of course, I’ll take a call to discuss a project — I certainly won’t refuse a call from a prospective client.

Evicting Justin Case

Is there an extra person living in your home or hanging out in your office who keeps you from uncluttering? His name is Justin Case, and he sure does seem to get around: “I should hold onto this, Justin Case.” “One day I might need this, Justin Case.” Caring for a person takes time, energy, resources, and space — and Justin Case is no different.

Facing for alcove

Materials: Expedit, Lack, medium density fiberboard, rolls, paint Description: I was looking for a solution for an alcove to put useless stuff behind. So I cut and painted a medium density fiberboard and fixed it on an expedit rack on 4 rolls. After that I fixed 2 Lack boards for decoration. See more here. ~ Andrea, Cologne, Germany

Grow Your Savings by Paying in Full

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. In the past six months, I’ve spent more money on personal development than I have in my entire life. I’ve also spent considerable amounts on laptops and on a holistic wellness program.

Ikea LACK bookcase to Entertainment center

Materials: LACK Bookcase, IKEA DIODE Description: I was frustrated with the high cost of other entertainment units so i decided to get an IKEA LACK bookcase and modify it into the entertainment center i dreamed of. I started with some new feet for the bookcase then loaded it up with IKEA DIODER.

9 Must-Do’s To Keep More Of What You Make

It’s common to want to look the other way when we’re faced with dealing with our finances. It’s not a very exciting task for most people. And some people are outright scared to look at their finances, afraid they’ll discover a mess. But today I want to challenge you to dive right in there and make some progress.

Exercises for Gentlemen Giveaway

“Study the lives of the men who have left their mark in the history of the world, and, though they may differ in many respects, you will find that they were mostly alike in possessing a certain firmness of muscular texture, and the ability to endure severe strain, physical and mental.” -Exercises for Gentlemen Something I enjoy doing is browsing through old books about things like etiquette a

The Art of Manliness Podcast #22: Raising Cain With Dr. Michael Thompson

Share Welcome back to another edition of The Art of Manliness Podcast! Statistics show that American boys are in trouble. They’re more likely to have depression, abuse alcohol and drugs, and perform poorly in school. What can we do to help these troubled boys? To get some answers we talk to Dr. Michael Thompson, author of the book Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys. Dr.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 35 luxury notebooks to organize your life If you’re a traditional pen and paper notebook aficionado, then this exhaustive list of notebooks will get you headed in the right direction. Unitasker Wednesday: Spin the Bottle Game The Electronic Spin the Bottle Game isn’t your parents’ empty bottle. Dusting tips If you struggle with dust, learn how to keep it under control. DIY

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Gold as a “Hedge” Against Devastation

Shaun writes in: You need to be telling your readers to invest in gold because the dollar is about to become worthless. I wrote about this idea a year and a half ago.

Are You Becoming An Idiot?

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Book review: Stuff

Hoarding specialists Randy Frost and Gail Steketee recently published Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things that explores the psychological world of hoarding.

The Making of Uncharted

"No one is just a manager." An in-depth look at video game design co. Naughty Dog's creative process.

Here's an Idea: Light Bulbs Make Us Better Thinkers

Maybe "aha" moments aren't an exaggeration? Study shows that being around bare light bulbs make us smarter workers.