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By The Unclutterer Team

Reader Mailbag: Conjunctivitis

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. Where to keep emergency funds? 2. Catching up on retirement savings 3. Negative items on credit report 4. Head over heels 5. Helping a child in trouble 6. Preparing for career switch 7. Renting in retirement 8.

Easily hang an organized photo gallery with The PerfectPicturewall

While at Michaels a few weeks ago, I discovered they have a “Hang Your Own Gallery” picture frame system. You buy a template (about $4) and pick frames to work with the template (a couple hundred dollars or more, based on the frames you choose) to create the gallery. Each of the frames has a letter on it and you coordinate different letters to the template to design your gallery.

Getting Real: Dropping F-Bombs For Pleasure and Profit

This has been coming for a while…I’ve danced around the issue in the past. But a recent brilliant post entitled—The Short Sweet Guide to Being Fucking Awesome—by my friend Julien Smith, the co-author of New York Times bestselling Trust Agents, made me revisit it and explore it on a deeper level.It’s about language, transparency, attention and connection.

Earring holder

Materials: DOKUMENT letter tray Description: Having lots of hook earrings I was looking for somewhere to hang then cause they always get tangled into each other. I had seen the mesh system stapled into a picture frame but I didn't feel like crafting. A quick scan on my office and I found the perfect solution. Dokument on its side!

Earning, Spending, and Saving: The Building Blocks of Personal Finance

Note: This article is part of Financial Literacy Month at Get Rich Slowly. A couple of weeks ago, Robert Brokamp explained how living below your means is like saving for retirement twice. On the surface, his advice was pretty conventional: The more you save today, the more you’ll have tomorrow.

Simple Problem Solving: The Solution Within the Problem

Sometimes I have a problem I just can’t seem to solve. Like the other day when I left my car at a friends house and had no way to get to my appointment across town. I tried calling friends for a ride, but no one was picking up.

Marriage as a Master Mind

A couple of months ago we discussed about the concept of “Master Minds.” If you remember, the idea of Master Minds was popularized by success guru, Napoleon Hill. Hill believed that when two or more minds came together with positive energy, a definite aim, and complete harmony, a “third mind,” was formed.

The GRS Garden Project: March 2011 Update

Welcome to the GRS Garden Project. Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for March 2011. (Here are the results for 2008 and the results for 2009. We rested in 2010.) March is usually a time for Kris and me to get back to work in the garden. The weather warms, and we get to watch as our first sprouts poke through the soil. This year?

Review: Eat That Frog!

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. A few months ago, I reviewed Brian Tracy’s book Goals!, which was a solid primer on setting specific goals for yourself.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unitasker Wednesday: The mushroom brushOh, mushroom brush, you have confused me for years.

This week in April '07

Angelique's pretty storage chests: Ferns don't only look good outdoors, they are pretty good on plain pine chests too. Super simple Expedit rails: Unless you are the type who likes to live near the edge, a railing for the upstairs is what you need. And it doesn't have to cost a small fortune. Hack a sectional sleeper: Guests staying the night? No problem.

Deliberate Practice: Improving Your Finances, Career, and Life

I’ve mentioned deliberate practice in the past, but after several experiences in recent days, I felt like it was a vital topic worth revisiting. What’s deliberate practice? I first learned about the topic from Stephen Dubner at the New York Times, who was writing about how Alex Rodriguez built his baseball skills.

Linkswitch #62, Home Office, Facebook Branding, Project Management

Creating an Awesome Home Office Plan Good home office plans can influence how successful you are while working from home. This means having the resources to get the job done, minimizing distractions and being comfortable. Designing For The Future Web Designing for the future Web. That’s a big subject.

Reader Story: Saving the American Way…and the Bulgarian Way

This guest post from Rya is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. Rya writes a Bulgarian personal-finance blog called kadebg.com. My name is Rya.