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By The Unclutterer Team

Working for a Living

GOOD Mag infographic on how Americans work and live, and if we are keeping our lives in balance.

Watching the Corners: On Future-Proofing Your Passion

"I wish I’d learned to embrace the non-douchier aspects of building awesome human relationships."

Ask Unclutterer: Overflowing lotion bottles

Reader Sage submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I have tons of lotion bottles — and they are all near full, and perfectly good to use, but I only use about 4 or 5 of the scents. What do I do with the rest?

Frugality and Accumulation

The other night, I watched a couple episodes of the A&E documentary series Hoarders.

Ask FreelanceSwitch #18: Job Estimating Tips, Pricing Quotes

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, Travis King and Thursday Bram look at estimating and how to start charging for your work. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

7 Words That Can Transform Your Business And Life

The other day, I had the pleasure of hanging out with a new friend, Ramit Sethi, the author of New York Times bestselling book, I Will Teach You To Be Rich and founder of the wildly popular blog, IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com. We were spinning on all sorts of topics, from personal finance to behavioral change, the psychology of persuasion, marketing, strategy, media, publishing.

Workspace of the Week: A simple, small study

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Barb McMahon’s itty bitty netbook office: This home office is so superbly simple that there isn’t much to say about it. The do-it-yourself desk/storage box works wonderfully with the re-purposed bathroom mirror hanging above it. The office chair is one of the dining table chairs, and the bookshelf on the left is conveniently out of the way.

Old Krister desk made into a compact TV stand solution

Materials: Krister Desk, Hack saw, Allen wrench, drill bit (or something to puncture the metal), Nuts and washers to fit the screws Description: I needed a much smaller TV stand for my new room which is only 9'X 9' and after finding this site, I was incredibly motivated to tear apart the REALLY old Krister desk (pix, right) that had been sitting in the corner of my parents garage for years.

The Myth of ‘Wishing Upon a Star’: 5 Real Ways to Get Things Done

All of us have dreams.

Daily Links: Holiday Weekend Edition

Labor Day weekend begins tomorrow afternoon in the U.S. It’s the traditional end-of-summer holiday, and most folks will get Monday off as a paid holiday. My own vacation is going to be a bit different: I’m going to take tomorrow off instead. This will be the last post until Sunday evening. But as always when I take a short break, I’ll actually be working behind the scenes.

Musical Bills b/w Treading Water

Katie writes in: The article on budgets was *great.* I’ve long felt guilty for not doing the whole formal budget thing, especially since I always liked and did well at math. (Like you, however, spreadsheets cause my eyes to roll back in my head.) But here’s a question/comment on one bit. You said: “First, this doesn´t work if you´re already spending more than you make.

Goal Planning: Is There Life After Freelance?

A goal without a plan is just a wish.

The ultimate scarf organizer

Materials: GRUNDTAL Towel rail, and S hooks, BINDER CLIPS Description: I needed a way to store Scarves. If you have a basket or some sort of closet thing, you will know that it SUCKS. Because scarves need to be seen, and not folded. They also need to be organized in a way that does not leave them in a massive pile on the floor every morning. NO SUCH INVENTION EXISTS. Until now.

Advice from Sebastian Junger on achieving a remarkable life

The September issue of Outside magazine has an inspiring interview with author-documentarian-bar-owner Sebastian Junger that speaks directly to an uncluttered pursuit of a remarkable life.

A very stylish document scanner

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Fujitsu company has released a ScanSnap unit with a traditional lacquered finish, but — and this is the painful part — it appears to only be available in Japan: The S-1300 and S-1500 units can fold up to look like a decorative box on your desk, which is as clever as it is beautiful.