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By The FLS Team

Thinking About Tomorrow

How to combat the allure of instant gratification? Think about the future, any future.

And the fourth and final winner of the Fujitsu ScanSnap giveaway is …

Thank you to EVERYONE (all 6,695 of you!) who are now following @Unclutterer on Twitter and who have participated in our Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 giveaway. We have greatly enjoyed this giveaway! Now, let’s get on to the good stuff … At 10:00 a.m.

Reader Mailbag: Quicken

I started using Quicken 2010 recently. I like it. I don’t love it. It does enough frustrating things to sometimes make me not want to use it, but every once in a while, it just clicks and enables you to see some great financial overviews. The best part?

How Procrastination Can Make You More Productive

Some mornings, I can't wait to get to work. I jump out of bed, my mind already mulling over the various projects I want to complete. I pour myself some cereal and gulp it down in my home office while waiting for the computer to boot up.Today is not one of those days. Outside, the sun is shining, birds are chirping and the dogwood tree is getting ready to bloom.

Coping with Client Fallout

I recently had a project that did not end well. In a nutshell, the client refused to work with me to revise his copy and simply insisted he didn’t like it. He didn’t even give me the chance to improve upon it. Without his effort, I was left to retort to the middleman who brought us together.

Cutting the Cord to Materialism

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from David Damron of The Minimalist Path. Let’s start with an exercise … 1. Grab a small sheet of paper and a pen or pencil. 2. After you read the following question, please take 5 deep breaths before answering. 3.

Ask Peter Walsh anything!

Next week, I’ll be interviewing Oprah’s go-to organizer, the organizing star of Clean Sweep, and all-around fantastic gentleman Peter Walsh to talk with him about a new line of office organizing products he has designed for Office Max.

Table vase

Materials: VIKA FURUSKOG 2000x600 Description: Flower vase in the table as if flower comes out from VIKA FURUSKOG. Used Mayonnaise bottle lid on the under surface of table with screw. Drill a hole in table and lid. Fill water on the bottle. Screw bottle. Only 5 minutes. ~ Tomokazu Hayakawa, Tokyo,Japan.

Can You Afford to Go Green?

This post from staff writer Sierra Black is in honor of Earth Day. As soon as you start thinking about how to live more lightly on the earth, your eyes start opening to the myriad ways you can do that. You can eat only organic food. You can bike to work instead of driving. You can insist on high-efficiency appliances.

Cutting The Crap Factor: The Key To Staying Motivated

Let me tell you the story about a single mother with blond hair, let’s call her JR for now. Now JR was at one point on welfare and struggling to raise her daughter. At that point, most people would have told her to give up on her dream of being a writer. But thankfully she did not, and today we know her as J.K. Rowling, author of the famous Harry Potter series.

What About Freezer Bags?

After seeing more than a hundred comments and several dozen emails about the rewashing Ziploc sandwich bags article from last weekend, I felt it was appropriate to address the most common follow-up question: You’ve mentioned yourself in the past that you re-wash Ziploc bags! What gives? I do, in fact, rewash those large, ultra-durable gallon-sized Ziploc freezer bags.

From the Greats: 6 Tactics to Increase your Class and Charm

Learning lessons from those who came before us drives human progress in medicine, science, art and politics. Why should this be any different for class and charm?Today there is a resurgence of discussion about classiness; women are looking for more than baggy pants, backward caps and too much hair gel.

Diversified Income

Do you have a backup plan for your important files? Hard drives always fail eventually. What would happen if your hard drive failed right now? Our DropBox review looks at a great free application that can help you backup and synchronize your important files across multiple computers.

Quiz: Are YOU the One That Everyone Finds Difficult?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day -- or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Quiz -- Are YOU the one that everyone finds difficult? We all see the world through our own eyes, and it can be hard to recognize how our words and actions appear to other people. One of the challenges of being a difficult person is realizing that you're a difficult person.

Unitasker Wednesday: The Pocket Referee

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! When reader Vera sent this in to Unclutterer, it took me a few seconds to “get” what this was: See, it’s a coin with two sides. It’s just like a quarter — or, rather, a $15 quarter.