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By The Unclutterer Team

9 Surprising and Intriguing Brain Exercises.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 9 mental exercises -- zany but productive. Dorothea Brande was an American writer and editor, well known for her books Wake Up and Live and Becoming a Writer (a useful resource for writers, by the way). In 1936, in Wake Up and Live, Brande suggests several mental exercises to make your mind keener and more flexible.

Daily Links: Facebook Fan Page Edition

Sometimes I’m slow on the uptake. It took me a long time to start using Facebook to stay in touch with my friends, and it took even longer to set up a Facebook page for Get Rich Slowly. And it’s taken me even longer to mention the page exists here on the blog! Sheesh.

“Someday, My Ship Will Come In”

On page 227 of my book, I recount a short tale of a woman dreaming a negative dream: “Someday, things will change for me and my ship will come in,” Helen said. Helen and I had each just gone through a trial by fire at our respective new jobs.

Traveling Lightly Through Life

‘A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.’ ~Lao Tzu Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Francine Jay of Miss Minimalist. I’m often asked what inspired me to become a minimalist.

Welcome the Newest Member of the McKay Family and AoM Team: Augustus George McKay

Hey everyone. You may have noticed the radio silence the past few days. There’s a perfectly good reason for it. Yesterday at 6:10 PM Kate and I welcomed our first child into the world. His name is Augustus George McKay. We’re calling him Gus. Gus weighed in at 7 lbs 10 oz and measured 22 inches in length. He’s also devilishly handsome. Mom and baby are doing great.

This Awesome Trick Can Boost Your Mood Anytime

Feeling grouchy? Lethargic? Annoyed or irritable? Bad moods happen to the best of us, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything you can do about them. The fact is, most of us feel like we’re at the mercy of our moods and try to push through or wait it out instead of taking positive action to improve our state of mind.

Multi-hack Bedroom Desk and Chair

Materials: Vika Leif trestle, 1 Nexus cabinet door from As-Is section, Stefan chair and some IKEA fabric Description: On my most recent trip to IKEA, I wanted to get a frugally-priced laptop/writing desk and chair for my bedroom. The one I was thinking about getting was the Laiva, which was only $20.

Barbeque splatter guard and wind protection

Materials: Patrull cooktop guard, hammer, drill, screwdriver Description: Basically, my new barbeque came with a wind shield that did nothing much more than supporting the warming rack. When cooking with the hood up, the worktop panels would be greased down with fat, when cooking with the hood down, the oversized ventilation holes at the back would let too much wind through.

Unitasker Wednesday: Boil Buoy

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Quirky is a website that features products when they’re barely more than an idea in an inventor’s mind, puts the products up for pre-sale, and then only manufactures the products that more than a set number of people commit to purchasing.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Cooking and freezing: Ideas for getting past mealtime stressSince our son surprisingly joined our family two months ago, my husband and I have had weird eating routines. Gone were the days of sitting down and eating a well-balanced meal at the table, and in were sandwiches gobbled over the sink in a groggy, sleep-deprived daze.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Printing Photos Edition

I’ve been experimenting with photo printing at home (related to an upcoming post). I’ve lost quite a bit of money simply mis-printing photos and trying new things. My conclusion? If you’re printing a wide variety of stuff, you’re probably better off using a service. A one-off photo is fine. A bunch of photos?

BADA table is more than meets the eye

We’ve always been a fan of coffee tables that convert into full-sized dining tables. They’re a good solution for people who live in small apartments, but still want to be able to have friends over for dinner parties. The BADA table from EcoSystems takes the idea of the transforming dining table even further.

7 Simple Ways to Serve, Solve and Delight Customers

I read an interesting tweet from my friend and entrepreneurship savant, Bryan Franklin that said:“I noticed that the speakers with $1-$3M businesses were fascinated with marketing, and the speaker with $100M biz was fascinated with customers.”And, shortly after that, I scanned down my tweet-stream to notice a gazillion or so links to articles and posts that reveals X ways to get more

The Components of a Successful Client Relationship

Working with clients is a tough job but someone has to do it, and most of the time it’s us! While the concept of giving your clients exactly what they ask for seems a daunting task, I’ve come to accept that there are certain invaluable truths which freelancers need to underpin.

Minimal Desk with VIKA Molinden Legs

Materials: 2x Vika Moliden - Underframe, 2x Vika Moliden - Leg Description: For my studio office, I required a wide enough desk to accommodate my laptop, a secondary big screen and a flatbed scanner while leaving some additional room for paperwork. The desk had to look minimal and contemporary, and also fit my small sized office (4mx4m), and not cost a fortune.