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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

Front Hallway Bench - work in progress

Materials: Benno television bench, Vippa hooks Description: My children would come home from school and dump their book bags and jackets on the floor in the entrance way. I tried setting up a wardrobe, but they simply dumped their items in front of the wardrobe. (BTW, I have good kids. They're just happy to be home from school.) Our local IKEA had Benno t.v.

When Willpower is Trumped by Bad Habits

‘Conscience whispers, but interest screams aloud.’ ~J.

Was Mom Wrong? Maybe You Should Play with your Food

If your mom was anything like mine, there were always lots of rules when it came to meal times.

Four Essential Power Tools

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Marc Lyman of HomeFixated.com. Tools. They are what separate most of us from the animal kingdom. For a species that started off chipping rocks into spearheads, we’ve come a long way. Even post-Neanderthal era, building just about anything revolved around hand (not power) tools.

Ask Unclutterer: How do you move past a fear of regret when purging clutter?

Reader Oh My (I’m thinking that’s not a real name) submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I believe that the biggest obstacle to decluttering my life is the fear of regret.

Coat rack

Materials: VIKA OLEBY leg Description: I needed hat rack, but wall ideally suited for hanging it was very fragile. So I have to use perpendicular wall. I bought 1 VIKA OLEBY leg, striped varnish, painted and screw few hangers. It works. ~ Maciek

Some Thoughts on Enjoying Parenting

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Twitter, Pinco shared this thought: “I love your articles about parenting.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Starting a Freelance Career Back Up and Judging Overhead

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at getting back into working and overhead. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing. If you have a question about freelancing that you want answered, send an email to askfreelanceswitch@gmail.com. Question 1 I’ve stayed home for the last 10 years raising my boys.

Workspace of the Week: Let the light shine in

This week’s Workspace of the Week is YinYang’s new home office: The windows in this Australian office are downright blissful. To be honest, the office could be outfitted with a card table and a broken chair and I’d have still likely featured it.

Ask the Readers: How Much Do You Spend on Food?

Five years ago, I posted the first-ever “Ask the Readers” question here at Get Rich Slowly. “How much do you spend on food?” I asked in a short post (the likes of which one never sees around here anymore).

The Benefits of Sleep and How You Can Get More

Have you even wondered why you just simply can’t lose weight no matter how hard you try? Or, maybe, why you feel so cranky and unproductive throughout the day? These could all be symptoms of a lack of sleep. We sleep for a reason, not because we can but because we must. Our bodies were designed to work hard all day and then recoup and recharge overnight while we sleep.

Starting with a Blank Slate

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. Lois on Facebook wants to know about starting from scratch.

Beyond the Pup Tent: 6 Unconventional Outdoor Shelters

This post is part of a series brought to you by RAM. For more information about RAM Series trucks visit us at: http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/guts_and_glory/. What’s this? Since the first dude crawled into a cave and grunted, “Dude, this rocks,” shelter has been one of the big three human needs along with food and clothing.

Perfekt Solution

Materials: 2 Perfekt cabinets and casters Description: Storage and space were at a premium in my parents Victorian kitchen. They had a narrow fridge, leaving a foot+ at the side for a storage solution. I suggested stacking the Perfekt units and we used ties along the back to stabilize the units together.

Why are you an unclutterer? It’s time I fessed up and told you why I have chosen to be one.

I’ve been composing this post in some form in the comments for years. I know that most of our readers don’t read the comments, so I’ve felt comfortable dropping bits and pieces in there. I’ve also talked about it in one interview, but that was also years ago, and I think most people missed it. I don’t like to talk about it publicly, but I’m going to.