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By Jules

Expedit stairway to heaven

Materials: 3 Expedit; 2 x 2x2, 1 x 2x4 Description: At first saw one of the small Expedit into 4 pieces. So that you get the shelves apart. You take 3 of these and place them as the 1st, 3rd and 5th step. The other steps are formed by the other 2 Expedits. For stabilisation you can take a fibreboard and fix it with the screws of the Expedit. ~ dori and bea

Linkswitch #80, Writing Work, Recycling Code, More Exposure

The Health Benefits of Having Pets in Your Home Office Those of us with a cat or dog know that our pets are like a member of the family. And, like the important members of your family, you just feel better with them around. My chihuahua is never far from me when I’m on my laptop. As I’m writing this post, he laying on my outstretched legs.

Reader Story: Taking a Risk, Reaping the Rewards

This guest post from Maggie, the self-taught economist, 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. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. A year ago, my husband was unemployed.

"Every Man Makes His Own Summer."

“Every man makes his own summer. The season has no character of its own, unless one is a farmer with a professional concern for the weather. Circumstances have not allowed me to make a good summer for myself this year…My summer has been overcast by my own heaviness of spirit.

7 Steps That May Dramatically Boost Your Happiness

You’ve probably read countless articles that promise you better happiness, only to be disappointed. I know what it’s like to not get exactly what you’re looking for from an article.When I was reading a lot of personal development articles and books, I was looking for a magic bullet that would somehow infuse my life with happiness.

Previously on Ikeahackers: Cat lovers rejoice!

It's a cat pod: A scratching pole and cubby hole for kitty to hide and play. Build that feline physique: A workout circuit worthy of catwoman and her furry friends. Makeover your lamp in 5 mins tops: Have lamp, have post-its, have makeover. No cats involved.

Two Paths to Financial Success

One of my favorite statements about personal finance is that it all boils down to five simple words. Spend less than you earn. Often, I’ll break this down into two methods you can use to earn more money.

The Little Productivity Tip of a Zen Master

Post written by Leo Babauta. A little while back I ran into a friend, Susan O’Connell (Zen Master and Vice President of the San Francisco Zen Center), and she did something old fashioned. When I said we should have tea sometime, she immediately went to her bag and got out her paper calendar, and suggested we make a date right then. I said, “No, you’re busy, we can set a date later.” She sa

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #31

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Madeleine (1892) by Ramon Cassas The face of the woman in this painting has stuck in my mind all week. I kept wondering what her expression meant. Is she afraid? Worried? Anticipating something? What is she looking at?

Why are so many things broken?

View awesome conference lectures, engaging how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Why are so many things broken? by bestselling author, entrepreneur, and agent of change Seth Godin. In this video Seth gives a hilarious presentation at Gel Conference.

How You Can Start Living Your Miracle Life

Last week I asked the Miracle Question from Solution-Focused Therapy. The Miracle Question is simply, “If while you slept a miracle occurred tonight that solved all of your problems, how would you know when you woke up in the morning that a miracle occurred?

Dinner With My Family #27: Crock Pot Couscous

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys.

Ask Unclutterer: An out-of-control hobby stash

Reader Craner submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: Help! I am a wood hoarder (a subtype of the “I’ll use this ___ someday” saver). I have a woodworking shop that is at least 25% wood storage.

Grundtal Magnetic Keyring Holder

Materials: Grundtal Magnetic Knife Holder Description: While browsing our local IKEA, my roommate, Nick, and my fascination with lights and magnets paid off when we noticed the magnetic knife holders. Not knowing how we would use it at the moment, we bought it anyway. After unpacking our other items, the only items remaining on the counter were our keys and the knife holder.

The Ten Evils (Part Five)

This was originally one exceptionally long post. I chose to split it into five pieces for readability purposes.