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By Leo Babauta

Autumnal mini-chest

Materials: minichest "Moppe", paper napkins, colours, brushes, glue, acrylic transparent coat Description: This is an old Ikea mini-chest called Moppe. I think they still have a similar product, even if with a different name.

Hanging file boxes

Materials: Kassett magazine box, smead hanging file frame, measuring tape, marker, hacksaw, flathead screwdriver Description: 1. assemble kassett magazine boxes according to included instructions 2. measure hanging file rails to fit interior space of box, mark with marker (will vary depending on size of paper files you are using) 3.

Unitasker Wednesday: The Pressto! tofu water extractor

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! This week’s unitasker had to be explained to me because I didn’t know what it was — the Pressto! tofu water extractor: Those of you, like me, who regularly consume tofu might be thinking that this is a device to make homemade tofu.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Illuminate your clutter hiding spacesClutter has a way of accumulating in poorly-lit spaces. If you can’t see it, you forget it’s there, and it’s easier to mindlessly add to the disorder. Review: NeatDesk and NeatWorks for MacTo my surprise, however, I liked the NeatDesk for Mac.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Playlist Edition

With all the road trips scheduled this summer, I’ve been thinking about a song collection that both my wife and I would enjoy on the trip. So, we’ve started co-curating one, where we each add 100 songs to a playlist, then we are each allowed to delete anything we don’t like from the list.

10 Tips for Living a Better Life, One Day at a Time--from Pope John XXIII.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 10 tips for living a better life, one day at a time -- from Pope John XXIII. One of the most important strategies of my Happiness Project has been keeping my Resolutions Chart. It provides accountability, it prompts me to review all my resolutions once a day, it gives me the gold stars I crave -- when I manage to follow my resolutions.

Space-saving pop-up furniture

Dwell magazine recently published a fascinating piece on a new trend in pop-up furniture.

Want More Clients? Just Ask!

One of the ways that many freelancers get new clients is simply by asking. And one of the ways to do that is to email companies and offer your services.

Hol cat food station

Materials: Hol storage cube (small) Description: When our 8 month old baby got mobile, crawling to and playing with the cats' food and water became his favorite target. As he sat, soaking wet among an entire bowl of dispersed cat food, the orange-dyed drool sliding down his chin, I knew something had to be done.

The Best Way to Pay for Advice: The Advantages of a Fee-Only Financial Advisor

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. A few weeks back, I wrote about having a financial health day at work.

6 Things to Check Before Upgrading To Windows 7

In my previous article, I talked about the reasons for making the switch to Windows 7.

Losing Dad: How a Man Responds to the Death of His Father

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Brian Burnham. Mr.

9 Tips to Control Every Meeting and Get What You Want

Are you nailing job interviews, closing new clients, and maximizing every meeting? Most likely you aren’t, but I’ll show you how I blew a huge meeting and what you can learn from my mistakes. Bottom line . . . you need to prepare for key meetings.

The Mountain & Sackett 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.

Act quickly! Don't let your Senator side with Big Oil!

Crucial call to action to save the Clean Air Act from 1skycampaign on Vimeo. This Thursday June 10, the U.S. Senate will vote on Senator Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) "Dirty Air Act" resolution. The vote is, sadly, too close to call -- and we need your help! The "Dirty Air Act" resolution would gut the Clean Air Act's ability to crack down on the dirtiest climate polluters like Big Oil and Dirty Coal.