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By Chanpory Rith

Kitchen under the stairs

Materials: Faktum Nexus, Perfekt Nexus Description: Initially we didn't plan for a two-storey house, but when we came up with the definitive plan, I decided that we should use the space under the stairs. As we placed the kitchen by the stairs, I measured and made sketches and measured again, before we went to IKEA and bought the cabinets we needed.

Previously on Ikeahackers: Hacks to make life easier in the kitchen

Need a few little helpers in your kitchen? Here are a few that may help in keeping your home spic and span easier. Make it easy to reach No more burying your head under the kitchen sink cabinet to find the right detergent. Turn that dead space under your sink usable with a detergent turntable. A Snudda lazy Susan, Skala tray and glue gun is all you need.

Get a Savings Account that Offers Better Interest (49/365)

Yesterday, I talked about the value of getting a (small) interest rate on your checking account. A similar tactic applies for savings accounts. Getting a good interest rate is money straight in your pocket. As I mentioned yesterday, when 365 Ways to Live Cheap went to press, we were in a bit of a different economic situation.

Simple Ways To Wake Up Ready to Face Your Day

Do you wake up and jump out of bed ... or do you linger under the covers, smacking “snooze” on the alarm clock? Do you get a smooth, energizing start to your day ... or do you have a mad rush to get everything together before you head out to work?Whether or not you’re a “morning person”, you can improve the first few hours of your day.

Billy goes under the ceiling

Materials: Billy Description: We have sloping ceiling on our mezzanine. To make bookcases that fit, we used Billy, of course. We bought 6 Billy, in different sizes and cut the pieces to fit. Now the mezzanine is our library and my office, from where I blog and run my business. Click to read the rest of the post >>

Hacker help: Ikea man/woman coat rack

Materials: ikea man/woman coat rack Description: Sorry, I don't have a hack. Only a question. Ikea used to make a coat rack more than ten years ago that was the shape of a man and of a woman, made out of black metal. I can't seem to find it anywhere, not ebay, not craigslist, nowhere. Any ideas where I could find one of these oldies but goodies? Thanks! ~ tere, los angeles, ca

Dancing with Tomorrow

“Your house is paid off and you have some money in savings.

Some Quotations That Started Me Thinking About Happiness.

When I started thinking about happiness, several quotations made a special impression: "The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer somebody else up." Mark Twain “There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.” Robert Louis Stevenson (I ended up using this quotation as an epigraph to The Happiness Project.) "Martha, M

Sewing/Crafting table with Basket storage

Materials: two Antonius Frame and Wire Baskets, Vika Amon Table Top Description: This is a simple sewing/craft desk made with two Antonius Frame and Wire Baskets and the Vika Amon Table Top. I used four cable clamps and small wood screws per each Antonius frame to attach them to the table top after they were assembled.

Reader Story: I Fought the Law (and the Law Won)

This guest post from Brooklyn Money is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure.

Sunday Best: The Most Impactful Self Improvement Content This Week From Around The Web

Hi Guys! Hope you had a great, inspired week. In my travels around the web, I found 4 pretty cool finds! Check them out below: Firstly, I was totally inspired by Peter G.

Kid's art corner

Materials: Ribba frame ledge, Bygel rail, Bygel accessories Description: I went to IKEA and bought bits and pieces from the BYGEL system I also purchased a white RIBBA frame ledge. Put it all together in his little corner and here's what we have: See more of the children's art corner. ~ Bobbi-lee

LACK train table

Materials: Lack, Lilabo Description: First I got a LACK coffee table and a LILABO train set from Ikea as well as some good super glue and a $1 bag of plastic animals. Arranged everything, superglued it, primed and painted See more of the Lack train table. ~ Bobbi-lee

Get a Checking Account That Offers Interest (48/365)

Interest rates are a funny thing. While interest is always a good thing to earn, predicting the exact rate you’ll get is far from an exact science. When I first wrote 365 Ways to Live Cheap in 2007 and early 2008, many checking accounts – even entry-level ones – offered interest.

Hacker help: Brimnes free standing headboard

Materials: Brimnes Headboard Description: Hi there! Just wondering whether there is a stable way of supporting a headboard that is designed to be attached to a wall. Seems like it would be possible to add two legs to keep the headboard away from the wall but will it be stable enough when the shelves are filled with heavy stuff? ~ Emma Williams, Melbourne