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By The Unclutterer Team

Becoming your real self to help the world

Recently, I gave a talk in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the Girls Preparatory School. The talk was more or less about how the world is in so much trouble that it needs every sort of talent and passion in order to help it. In other words, if you care about world problems, you don't have to fit yourself into a mold that is someone else's idea of how to do good.

What Jazz Soloists Know About Creative Collaboration

Great collaborations rely on improvisation and receptivity. How to fuel creativity in your team by taking cues from jazz greats like Miles Davis and Charlie Parker.

In Which I Introduce a New Feature: the Assay.

During my parents’ last visit to New York City, my mother pointed out a limitation of my blog. “On your blog, it’s easy to find certain things, like tips and quotations,” she began. “They’re set off and labeled, so you know exactly where they are.” “Right,” I said. “I try to make it easy.” “I like those, but the posts I like best don’t have a label.

Chest of drawers to a bed

Materials: 4 drawer Malm x 2 and a saw Description: Moved house and needed a new single bed. Removed the draws measured 20" from the top down to the base of the second front cross piece. Mark and saw in half....same again to the second set of draws.

The Egg Nog Dilemma

This past week, we spent quite a bit of time visiting Sarah’s parents. Her mother kindly bought several items that I would be able to eat or drink throughout the week in advance of our visit (yes, I actually like my mother in law!). One of the things she picked up for me was a quart of soy egg nog. On my first day there, I tried it… and I liked it!

Global Freelancers Survey: Winner Announced!

A few weeks ago, we announced we were running an update to the Global Freelancers Survey. We asked readers to participate in order to make it successful – and boy, did you ever! When the poll finally closed, we had over 3,300 participants from every corner of the globe.

Woodsy, antique ikea table

Materials: Bjursta table legs, Ivar chairs Description: - Remove legs from cracked wobbly old table - Replace with bjursta legs but use original antique harware and drill new holes - Whitewash table and throw on some old boards from the attic - Sand and varathane entire piece - Paint dark wood Ivar chairs and antique chairs white ~ Athea Boyes, Britannia Beach Canada

Managing your workflow in December

The month of December is a notoriously unproductive time of the work year. Clients, vendors, and co-workers are off on vacations, attending holiday parties, or perpetually snacking on cookies and flavored popcorn in the office kitchen.

Your Online Footprint

The CEO of Google has suggested that once you leave college, you may want to change your name to distance yourself from all the dumb things you did as a younger person and can’t erase from the Internet.

2010 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Every day gift cards

When my son joined our family, a friend gave us a gift card to our local grocery store. This was an amazing gift because it freed up some cash in our grocery budget that we could then use on much-needed baby supplies. I was thinking about this grocery store gift card when creating our shopping list for the upcoming holiday season.

Reader Mailbag: Black Friday Results

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. Car trade-in math 2. Putting others at ease 3. Safe savings 4. Refinancing timing question 5. Board games for young ones 6. Retirement account diversity 7. Personal finance intervention 8. Mortgage readjustment 9.

Malm Dresser Up-Do

Materials: Malm 6 Drawer Dresser, chair rail molding, drawer handles, claw feet, Description: I started with a black/brown Malm 6 drawer dresser. Knowing I wanted to lift it off the ground with these claw feet, I needed to re-enforce the structure so the particle board wouldn't shatter. Using 2" x 2" "furring strips" from home depot.

The Trouble With Karma

Shortly after launching this blog in 2007, I published s gigantic post on something I called Karma Capitalism.It was a provocative idea about how to build business by constantly planting Karmic seeds, giving  and enabling, knowing that the fundamental nature of karma will eventually circle that good mojo back to you.That post was inspired by someone I’d been introduced to back then, a fairl

How to Lower Your Heating Bills This Winter

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. The chilly season is upon us. If you live in North America, you’ve probably had at least a few cold nights by now. Up in my neck of the woods — in the Boston area — we’ve had our central heat running for a few weeks.

Software I Love + Win $250

This is a compensated review for BlogHer and Intel. By Tina Su Note: Don’t miss the second half of this post to win the $250 giveaway. I’m a tech geek.