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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

The Ikea Lack grows up to be a Cat Perch

Materials: 1 Square Ikea Lack End Table, Carpet Remnant, Foam, Wooden spindle legs (if desired), hot glue gun, staple gun, brackets for legs (if desired), pliers - just in case!, stain (if desired) Description: Recently, we got rid of our old living room set, complete with the Ikea entertainment center and tables.

Are You Ready For A Really Good Year?

Many people start out the New Year excited and say they are really ready for a better year. They tell their friends that they are ready for better times and they make lots of New Year’s resolutions.

No Brown M&M’s! David Lee Roth and the Power of Checklists

Article 126: No brown M&M’s! (Photo: Mr. T in DC) Happy New Year, all! I’ll be putting up a “Lessons learned in 2011″ post soon. In the meantime, here is a taste of things to come. ### I can come across as anal retentive, even severely Monk-ish.

Terry Gilliam: On Ideas, Unlearning & Avoiding Debt

The visionary behind Monty Python, Brazil & 12 Monkeys talks about never letting your ideas become rigid, staying out of debt, and forgetting everything you learn.

GRUNDTAL Beauty Bar (and laptop table!)

Materials: GRUNDTAL rail, S-hooks, spice jars, cutlery caddies; NORBERG drop leaf table; SPONTAN magnet board; LOTS mirror; FRANKLIN bar stool; HEMMA lamps with RENATE shades Description: I'm a mess in the morning.

Homeoffice, Dust and Cable free

Materials: Micke, Vika AMon, Pax, Expedit, Markus, 3 Cabinets DIY-Store Description: 2 Micke Drawer(for PC without drawer) and one Micke storage for W-Lan Laserprinter under Vika Amon, 2 Cabinets from the near IDY-Store)encased with Ekby Hemnes left and right), Expedit diagonally with doors to hidden PC-Speakers an Cables for Dioder.

Review: Confessions of a Public Speaker

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest.

Willpower Part I: The Force of Greatness

What are your regrets from last year? Failing to stick with an exercise program? Losing a girlfriend because you strayed? Failing a class? Hurting a loved one with your temper? What resolutions have you made for the new year? Losing 20 pounds? Getting up earlier in the morning? Reining in your spending? Wasting less time mindlessly surfing the internet? Regrets and resolutions.

$12 Monitor Stand

Materials: Capita Leg + Ekby Laiva Description: Ekby Laiva shelf: $1.99. (They were good size: 9 1/2 x 23 1/4") A set of Capita Leg for $10. You can also go for various height using the different size of Capita leg. Screw them together and I get this stand.

12 Steps to Financial Freedom in 2012

We discuss many aspects of personal finance at Get Rich Slowly. We explore ways to earn more money, get out of debt, and build an emergency fund. We talk about the psychology of money management, and we share tips and tricks for making the most of your savings and your career.

Akurum Pantry and Base into Window Seat

Materials: Akurum Pantry and Base Cabinet Description: I made a plinth out of 2 x 4 lumber 3.5 inches shorter then the 2 feet width pantry. I faced the 2 x 4 s with Ikea Akurum toe kick. Next I screwed the base cabinet and pantry together and placed it on the plinth. I then used the Ikea mounting hardware to place it on the wall. I then filled the gaps on the end with more toe kick.

Introducing “365 Ways to Live Cheap Revisited”

In 2008, I published a book entitled 365 Ways to Live Cheap. The book itself is pretty straightforward. It’s a collection of 365 specific tactics for saving money. The experience writing the book was an interesting process, however. I had the genesis of the idea not too long after I started The Simple Dollar.

Is There Ever a Graceful Way to Ask Clients About Their Budget?

Knowing exactly what your clients have to spend on a particular project comes in handy. Just being able to lay out the most bang they can get for their buck is one of the easiest ways to make a client happy, provided she has realistic expectations on what she can get for her money. But it’s often awkward to bring up the topic of budget.

Latt table equipped

Materials: Latt, Bygel rail and container Description: I used clear water based varnish to make the table and chair washable. Then I added the Bygel rail and containers on one side of the table. I also applied knobs made of wood for my handmade magazine rack made of blue polycarbonate. See more of the embellished Latt table. ~ Alessia, Italia ***  Happy 2012!

Mr. T: another iMac standing desk

Materials: EXPEDIT Shelving unit 4x4 (white), 2x LACK Wall shelf 30x26cm (white), 79x39x1.8cm beech work plate, 50x24x25.cm beech work plate, 2 CAPITA console stainless steel, some EXPEDIT gear Description: Recently I began to feel unhappy with my current home office environment. At work I am sitting all day in front of my iMac and when I get home I really didn't feel like sitting anymore.