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By Brett Kelly

Unitasker Wednesday: The Keyboard Quiet Cover

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Are you a really loud typist? Do you insist on typing with ball pein hammers or finger cymbals to properly express your joy for work?

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Reducing visual clutter in Mail.app In just a few steps, you too can simplify and de-clutter Mail.app. iPhone alarm clocksMy husband and I need a new alarm clock and, after many deliberations, we have decided to go with a unit that works in conjunction with our iPhones.

7 Simple Steps To Make Sharing A Habit

It’s easy to forget to share. Not that we’re selfish people, but life gets so hectic and it can seem awkward or unnatural to reach out to another and share.

Kitchen worktop desk!

Materials: Two Walnut PRÄGEL Worktops, 1 White Malm (3 drawers). Description: I am a university student, and as such require a lot of desk space. One thing that stores never seem to offer is large desk spaces at affordable prices, or of tasteful / useful design for what I was after.

Pursuing the life you desire

Before my son joined our family, my husband and I talked at length about how we wanted to raise Future Child. It was easy to discuss parenting Future Child since we didn’t know his or her personality, wants, or needs.

Tied Up in Knots? The Minimalist’s Guide to Inner Peace

‘Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.’ ~Victor Frankl Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Gail Brenner, Ph.D. of A Flourishing Life. Are you ready to be a warrior for inner peace? Doing less and organizing more simplifies for sure.

Santa Claus lighting advent calendar

Materials: Dudero lamp Description: My children love this lighting advent calendar, which returns every year. Paint your Dudero standing lamp (cost around 10 euro) with simple water colour to red, and create a Santa Claus. Stick cotton beard on it, and put a red Santa Claus hat on the top. You can hang on small bags with sweets, number it 1-24.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Bean Soup Edition

As I’m writing this, a big pot of well-spiced bean soup is simmering on the stove and it smells tremendous. It’s just a kit soup, but it was a kit that we picked up for less than a dollar, and there’s enough soup there for everyone to eat from several times. I actually really like such soup kits.

Networking: Hang Out with Your Clients, Not Just with Your Peers

Credit: jremick/Flickr. As freelancers, we have many ways to interact with our peers to help us keep abreast of new ideas and emerging trends.

What Other People Think IS Your Business

In a recent Facebook update, author Paulo Coehlo, shared the following:And, more than 37,000 people promptly “liked” the idea.

How to Feed Your Soul for Cheap: 12 Ways to Enjoy High Culture for Less

This post is from new GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Living With Less personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality, intentional living and lifeitsownself at Surviving And Thriving. The Seattle Art Museum is hosting a show called “Picasso: Masterpieces From the Musee National Picasso, Paris” through 12 January 2011.

Productivity Doesn’t Mean Doing More

Ever tell yourself “I should be more productive?” When you think that, you’re probably imagining doing more.

How to Make a Secret Book Safe

I love anything with secret compartments. From the big (secret passageways) to the small (a secret pocket in a jacket), there’s just something delightful about things that are hidden away. Which is why I’ve always been drawn to book safes. They combine my love for secret compartments with my love for books.

Mountain and Sackett 2010 Holiday Tie Giveaway

It’s back! Our semi bi-annual Mountain & Sackett giveaway is here again. I love Mountain & Sackett ties. They’re a family-owned business that’s been making ties right here in the U.S. of A since 1957. And the quality of their ties can’t be beat. Other companies use machines to pump out hundreds of ties an hour.

Out With The Old, In With The New: Clean Out Your Closets and Liquidate

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 7. Clean out your closets and liquidate. Even after a few rounds of doing this very thing, our closets are still loaded with stuff. Accumulated but largely unwanted Christmas presents.