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By Brett Kelly

bath organizer to succulent garden

Materials: Visen bath caddies Description: I have a tiny patio which receives very little light, but I still wanted a home for plants. The patio wall managed to get a little light, so I lined the 2 bath caddies with felt, filled 'em with dirt and stuffed them full up succulent cutting to make a cheap-o hanging garden. ~ sara p

I wish I’d known that

Advice for design grads from a creative director.

How to Make Ideas Happen

1st-rate people w/ 2nd-rate ideas OR 1st-rate ideas w/ 2nd-rate people? Guy Kawaski talks to Scott Belsky.

WNYC Radiolab: Words

New Radiolab episode about the science of a world without words.

Ask Unclutterer: Trash or treasure old stuffed animals?

Reader Kay submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I’m trying to figure out what to do about all my old plush toys stored in *mumble mumble* cardboard boxes in the *mumble mumble* basement. I know the Unclutterer idea of taking pictures of sentimental objects before taking the next step; what I don’t know is what the next step should *be*.

Interpreting Reviews and Knowing What to Buy

Wendy writes in: I know that you have touched on this a bit in the past, but I would love to see an article specifically addressing how you research an items technology, durability, and expected lifespan when making your purchasing decisions. I have two categories of interest: - rarely reviewed items.

Throw Away Other People's Trash, or, How to Boost Your Self-Esteem

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project.

Are You Obsessed With Money, Freedom or Impact?

Guest post from Peter Shallard, the Shrink for Entrepreneurs.

Workspace of the Week: Sewing storage in disguise

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Clara in Paradise’s whimsical sewing room storage. But, to appreciate the After photograph, you should see what the area looked like before: I like the idea of creating a closet — even with faux doors — to streamline a room and reduce visual clutter. I also like the fun Clara clearly had creating this storage space.

Foos ball coat rack

Materials: Grundtal pot rack and rail, foos ball men Description: I took Runa Klock's foosball coat rack idea and made it from Ikea parts and foosball men I bought off eBay and spray painted. We use the shelf for bags, hats, bike helmets, and umbrellas, the men for jackets, and the hooks for drying laundry. Works great! ~ sara p

Ask the Readers: Should I Sell My Home to Pay Off My Debt?

Yesterday we had a great discussion about some of the financial choices I’m facing, but today it’s time to look at a decision a GRS reader is trying to make.

7 Ways To Let Go of What’s Ailing You

Photo credit: OnceUponaLife Have you ever had a thought that stressed you out, rattled around in your brain, and just wouldn’t go away? I’m sure it has; it happens to everyone. The problem is that when non-useful thoughts get stuck in our heads, they destroy our focus, creativity, and productivity. One simple nagging thought can throw off an hour, a day, or even an entire week.

Look What Happens When You Dress As Smart As You Are: Vintage Images From True Magazine

Tony’s post on how to change your style reminded me of a great magazine article I found awhile back ago in a 1954 issue of True Magazine for Men that I bought at an estate sale in Vermont. Entitled ”Look What Happens When You Dress As Smart as You Are,” the article highlights the style transformation of Columbia University student, Don Wardlaw. Don was a highly successful co

A Man’s Guide to Style Transition: 6 Steps to Start Dressing Like the Man You Know Yourself to Be

Over the past two years we’ve written quite a bit here at AOM about how to dress better; but one thing we haven’t addressed is the mindset necessary to carry out changing your personal presentation.  Having consulted with hundreds of men on improving their appearance, I’ve discovered that most are ready for change, but many are at a loss as to how to go about it.  They know they want to t

Double Up the Hyllis

Materials: 2 Hyllis shelving units, a good screwdriver Description: The Hyllis is a nice piece of furniture to begin with, in my opinion, despite the awful name.Simple, honest metal and a few screws. Lovely. Also, the Hyllis is embarrasingly cheap. The idea is simple - stock to units on top of each other. Save space, get a cooler looking piece of furniture.