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By Mark Shead

Day 39: The Smart Way To Do Things In A World Of Grown-Ups

Being an adult means maintaining a healthy lifestyle, being financially responsible and managing your life so it feels significant, purposeful, and fulfilling. However, sometimes with the tornado of to-do’s in a day, we lose our ground and need to reboot.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 2009 Gift Giving Guide: Gifts to people you don’t knowIn our fifth installment of Unclutterer’s 2009 Holiday Gift Giving Guide we’re discussing charitable giving. Hoarders season two premieres tonight on A&ETonight is the premiere of the second season of the A&E television show Hoarders at 10/9c.

Ribba Hot Wheels Display Case

Materials: Ribba 20x20 shadow box frame and illustration board Description: As an avid Hot Wheels collector I've spent years looking for the perfect way to display my collection. Lightning struck once I discovered the interior depth to be 3cm which is just slightly wider than the width of the average hot wheel.

Storage Wars: A new show on A&E

There is more than 2.3 billion square feet of self-storage space in the United States, according to The Self Storage Association.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Christmas Decoration Edition

Over the past few days, my family has started the early December tradition of pulling boxes out of the crawlspace and decorating our home. The tree should be up by the time you read this, full of (mostly) homemade ornaments.

Paper napkin and wooden beads

Materials: NYSNÖ paper napkin Description: I like to create and at the last visit to IKEA I was impressed with napkins, yes napkins, with beautiful pattern. I immediately got an idea... I just used some wooden beads, which I had at home and covered them with napkin. Outlined the beads on a string, with some other wooden beads and here it is - a new unique necklace! ~ minivanilli

25 Unusual Places to Get Design Inspiration

Credit: photo by by Phantasy Photo on Flickr One of the most frustrating situations you can encounter as a freelance designer is when you’re all ready to go but the ideas just aren’t flowing!

The Cab Ride I’ll Never Forget

Photo by Mike Bailey Gates (Talented 17 year old rising star in photography) Editor’s Note: I have got an extraordinary gift for you today – in the form of a story written by the awe-inspiring Kent Nerburn.

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early?

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. Everyone’s looking for safe investments these days. Unfortunately, there’s a price for security: low returns.

Iron Sharpens Iron: The Power of Master Mind Groups

When success guru Napoleon Hill interviewed Andrew Carnegie, inquiring as to the secret of his success, Carnegie replied that it could be traced to the “sum total of the minds” of his business associates–his managers, accountants, chemists and so on.

Creating Your Own Second Childhood

Watching my niece playing in the garden recently made me think about life from her point of view. There I was after a long day at work, downing a Red Bull in the hope of keeping my eyes open while my mind ran through what tasks I had achieved today and what needed to be done the following day. In contrast my niece was simply “in the moment”. She was full of energy.

Day 38: How To Get Anyone To Listen To Everything You Say

You’ve seen it before and you didn’t like it. A mom lobbing verbal grenades at her obnoxious children, a husband making his point with syllables of flaming anger, or an irate customer beating a clerk into submission with the subtlety of a tsunami. When your voice erupts in a detonation of decibels, you’ve lost control.

The Best of Get Rich Slowly: November 2010

It’s been a l-o-n-g time since I remembered to do a monthly round-up here at Get Rich Slowly. (Since January, in fact.) I’d like to get back in the habit. I think this is a nice way to recap the best discussions from the past few weeks. Before I start, though, I have to confess a minor stupidity.

Video: Change Your Attiude by Making the Positive Argument.

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- this month's theme is Attitude, and last week’s resolution was to Re-frame. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

Doing the Math on Paying Cash for Cars

Quite often, I get emails from readers asking about the “best” way to purchase a particular car that they want. They have their eye on some new model and want me to essentially tell them that it’s okay to purchase it. I rarely do.