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By Tim Ferriss

Gorm (almost) cabinet

Materials: Gorm shelf; Vitaminer Rand fabric; Behandla paint; some plywood (not Ikea) Description: My son (9 months old) loves to open and close doors. I put in his room an old, little ( 61 cm) Gorm shelf, with two shelves, painted in red (Behandla paint, of course!): but shelves don't have doors!

"Even Typing the Phrase 'Drinking Coffee' Makes Me a Little Happier."

Happiness interview: Dan Heath. I'm a big fan of Dan Heath and Chip Heath's book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. My favorite part: the description of the "Don't Mess with Texas" campaign. For that reason, I couldn't wait to get my hands on their latest book, which has a direct relevance to happiness: Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard.

Trofast with wheels under the staircase

Materials: Trofast, wheels from the DIY store Description: The triangle-shaped space under a staircase is hard to use. Trofast is often used under stairs with the flat side against the wall, but I have never seen it as used here. I fastened four rolling wheels on the underside, and a sturdy handle to roll it in and out of the closet for easy acess from the side.

Broder display stand

Materials: Broder system and custom iron work Description: Using a Broder "T" foot and two "L" feet. I cut the "L" feet so I could weld them onto the "T" foot. This made an "X" foot so a single Broder post can be self standing. Next I used 14 Broder Center brackets. I cut the two ends of each bracket, leaving the center with the hooks for the post.

Reader Mailbag: Travel

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. Infant car seats 2. Roth and 403(b) questions 3. Paying off mortgage early 4. Managing a pay increase 5. Bonds owned by the deceased 6. Using bonuses 7. Depression and the reader mailbag 8.

When Does a Freelancer Need a CPA

Credit: photo by kozumel/flickr There’s a point in every business when having a CPA becomes necessary. Your taxes get too complicated for the local tax preparer, you need to start thinking about saving for retirement and you generally need to make sure that you’re bringing in enough money to grow, at least a little.

LACK side table to shelf hack

Materials: 4 LACK side tables, a broomstick Description: During remodelling I was in need of a shelf to be placed beside my bed. It should hold my alarm clock, the entertainment center and some other stuff. Not finding anthing I like and not wanting to spend money into something I dislike I almost left IKEA empty handed.

Uncluttering method: Tackling the most annoying thing first

The question I am asked the most is: “Where should I start uncluttering?” I typically respond to this question with the standard “start small” response — a drawer, a purse, a pocket of a coat.

Cheap Solutions: Closet Organization

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. An organized closet is a practical thing to have. It saves you time in the morning, since you don’t have to dig through a sea of shoes for a sole mate. It can save you money, as well. I know I’m guilty of buying something without realizing I already owned something similar. But a major closet overhaul can be pricey.

Goodbye New Year’s Resolutions, Hello Monthly Habits

If you’re like most people, you don’t even think about making New Year’s resolutions anymore. It’s just too depressing to feel like a failure when you can’t stay on that diet, or continue that exercise program. Maybe you’re motivated for the first week or two, but then there’s the Superbowl party when you blow it by pigging out on nachos and beer.

Lab Rat: Do Your "Most Important Task" First?

Matching our most focused time with our hardest task makes sense, yet most of us do the opposite. We experiment with the “Most Important Task” first approach.

Difficult Questions We Face in Creating a Happy Life.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or Quiz Day, or List Day. This Wednesday: Difficult questions we face in creating a happy life. As I think about happiness, and talk to people about their own happiness challenges, certain issues come up over and over.

GRS Housekeeping: Comments, Follow-Ups, and Tweetchats

It’s a busy week for me. I’ve been writing and editing like mad, trying to prepare for my upcoming trip to South Africa. Things are going well, but there’s still lots more work to do. In the meantime, I realized there are a handful of housekeeping points I need to mention: I’ve changed how I’m responding to comments.

Be a Man. Read a Poem.

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Ty Karnitz. Poetry. The word spawns images of dark coffee houses, bongos, berets, women with black hair and clothes, and feelings best kept private. The word has a stigma on it these days. Poetry is for angst filled teens and Hallmark cards. Today, poetry seems to be the antithesis of manly. But it wasn’t always so.

The Lifestyle You Want

For the first time in quite a while, I was watching a live program on television, meaning I couldn’t just skip the commercial breaks if I so chose.