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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

A Magician of Time

It’s strange sometimes to see yourself through other people’s eyes. Others see things — both good and bad — that you don’t see in yourself. “I see you as outdoorsy,” a new friend told me the other day, which caught me off guard.

How To Recognize and Deal with Controlling People

Why do people end up trapped in relationships with someone who has a controlling, even abusive, personality? The main attraction of the controlling person is his charming and disarming façade while he’s in the beginning stage of obtaining what he wants.

Getting Better vs Being Good

Perfection isn't everything. By setting goals based on improvement - rather than looking smooth - you can stretch your potential and reduce your anxiety.

Coat Rack with a bit of Wall Protection

Materials: Molger Floor Decking and Attest Knobs Description: Normal coat hooks near the door have always had the problem of buttons, zips, etc. scrapping the walls so we wanted a different solution. Our answer was to use four Molger floor decking panels with 10 (5 packs of 2) Attest knobs as coat hooks - other knobs are available! Click to read the rest of the post >>

Take Advantage of Hand-Me-Downs (67/365)

When Sarah and I had our children, we were somewhat lucky in that a lot of our friends and family were having children around the same time.

APPLÅD and Godmorgon Coffee Table

Materials: APPLÅD doors (60x90 cm), APPLÅD drawer fronts (13x60 cm), Godmorgon legs (22 cm), Screws, construction glue Description: We had been looking around quite a while for a suitable coffee table for our new penthouse apartment. We had a fairly good idea of what we were looking for, but we couldn't really find the right model - at least not for a reasonable price.

"The Most Ordinary Moments Are the Ones that Are the Most Transcendent."

Happiness interview: Kyran Pittman. I met Kyran at a conference last year, and after talking to her, I ran out to buy a copy of her book, Planting Dandelions: Field Notes From a Semi-Domesticated Life (which just came out in paperback).


Materials: PAX VIKEDAL mirror door Description: To build a low budget big surface, distortion-free and easy to handle mirror, you need ... - PAX VIKEDAL mirror doors - a set of top hat rails - straight wooden slats - screws (and screw anchors) - cloth pads - appropriate tools Get ready with the material you need.

Organizing solutions for renters

A common disadvantage of renting is most landlords prohibit structural changes to their properties. As a result, organizing can be trickier in a rental property than in a home you own. Creativity is a must when seeking out these uncommon solutions.

EXPEDIT - kitchen storage

Materials: Expedit, door hinges, black MDF, plywood (pine tree) Description: As we like a very "open" style of kitchen where you can see at the end all the stuff that is part of this room we decided to buy an Expedit to store our plates and glasses etc.. Click to read the rest of the post >>

The Best Way to Say Thank You

I am a great proponent of saying thank you. I’ve written about gratitude on this blog before and know that you can’t go wrong by thanking someone. Who doesn’t like to be thanked? I recently read a post on Business Insider about why an email thank you is preferred, and I bristled. On the shelf above my head is a huge box of thank you cards that I send out whenever the need arises.

Reader Mailbag: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Reader Mailbag: Parent-Teacher Conferences 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. Medicare, Social Security, and 401(k)s 2. Water cooler and cable TV 3. Helping people in need 4. Handling an underwater house 5. Bad babysitter 6.

The Cost of Being an Overachiever

This post is by staff writer April Dykman. “What do you do for a living?” That’s one of the first questions we ask each other in our society. The choice of how you earn a living tells others a lot about you, whether those preconceived notions are accurate or not. If you’re at a party and someone says they’re an neurosurgeon, that’s pretty impressive.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Getting New Clients and Bookkeeping Software

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at getting new clients and bookkeeping software. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

Ivar sideboard (or "hidealottastuff")

Materials: Ivar cabinets (two, 80x30x83 cm), Ivar side/upright unit (one, 30x226 cm), shellac, paint, varnish, wood glue, screws. Optional: Rationell Door Damper (4) Description: I had some Ivar cabinets and some Ivar shelving in my living room. But I wanted a more "grown-up" look.