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By Chanpory Rith

Ask Unclutterer: Processing the possessions of someone whom has passed

Reader John submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: So my father recently passed away … Mom has been busy taking care of dad for the last 2 years (and in some ways 43 years) and now has a house in disarray that needs work and help.

Solving a Debt Dilemma with Debt Settlement

By Stacy Johnson Debt settlement companies are advertising a lot these days on TV, radio and online: you've probably got debt settlement Google ads around this article right now. If you're in a jam, they might sound tempting. Should you bite?

Rent or Buy Is a Stickier Question When You Look at Real Lives

Howie writes in: My wife and I have been running our own home-based business for three years now. We rent and work out of a smallish 2-bedroom apartment in the very expensive SF Bay Area. One of those bedrooms is an office that we both share as an office.

Workspace of the Week: Splendid shelving

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Almostbunnies’ sleek storage shelves: In this setup, I like the consistently muted color palette, how all of the items have an assigned storage container, and that it works well for its users. Each cube appears to be dedicated to a purpose — all magazines are together, books are separated from workbooks on the bottom shelves, etc.

Ditching Your Job: A Reality Check

A recent Associated Press story noted that Americans’ job satisfaction has fallen to a record low. The reasons for the unhappiness include:Fewer people viewing their work as interesting.Incomes lagging behind inflation.Rising health insurance premiums taking more out of workers’ paychecks.Even a brief reading of FreelanceSwitch will show that we view our work as interesting.

Kiss box

Anja from The Netherlands was made for lovin Kiss. Check out the rock and roll Kiss box. Anja says, "This is an Ikea box, Trissa, for LPs. It was white, quite boring. I've got the album Dynasty by Kiss, so I looked for some good pictures on the internet of the men of Kiss. Then I worked on them in Photoshop till there were only a few colours left (white, black, red, glitter).

Learning to Use Money as a Tool

It’s pretty clear by now that I have a different relationship with money than when I started Get Rich Slowly. I’m by no means perfect with the stuff, but I’ve become firmly entrenched in the camp that sees money as a tool.

DIY Bay Rum Aftershave

When we did our post about 15 manly smells a few months ago, several of you chimed in that bay rum should have made the list. For the uninitiated, bay rum is a fragrance that’s often used in aftershave lotion and shaving soaps. West Indies bay leaf, spices, and Jamaican rum, combine to give the bay rum fragrance its distinctive woody, sweet, and spicy scent.

Happiness Is…A Great Book Event in Kansas City.

Last night, my book tour took me to Kansas City, and I loved being in my home town, even just for one night. The event was co-sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library and Rainy Day Books, and it was tons of fun. It made me especially happy to be speaking at the Plaza branch, a place that played a huge role in my childhood.

Trimming the Average Budget: Housekeeping Supplies

This is part of an ongoing series about how to trim the budget of the average American. As this series focuses on such broad-based tips, some will work for you and some will not.

Under-React to a Problem.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.

6 Things You Need to Consider Before You Quit Your Job

If you’re unhappy with your current job, there’s no reason that you have to stay there the rest of your life. At the same time, you don’t want to make any rash decisions and just storm out of the office one day without a plan.

Odds of Success

It has been years since I read Rich Dad Poor Dad, but one of the things I remember the most was the way Robert Kiyosaki said he approached starting his business.  He knew that four out of five businesses fail, so he figured he should plan on starting 5 businesses in order to get one that succeeded. This is valuable thinking.  When you approach your success goals with the idea that you will nee

Ikea boxes as art supplies

I bought a few of those shadowboxes too and am also heartbroken that they are no longer available. Here is what Michelle's husband did with his collection. She also shares a simple idea for a sensory table for infants. Ikea art Michelle says, "I thought I would share some art that my husband made using old Ikea shadow boxes.

How To Fall in Love With Your Job Again

Let's face it a lot of us don't particularly enjoy where we work. I'm pretty sure this has nothing to do with the actual place but instead has everything to do with your role.When you first signed up for the job were you thrilled, excited and full of passion? Were you thinking "finally I'm in a position where I can stretch out and really make a difference"?