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By Mark Shead

How to Tell if You're on Track for Retirement

By Silicon Valley ... It may be a little bit early to think about retirement all too seriously if you still have several decades left before you face it. But don't look now -- time flies and before you know it, there won't be much time to prepare for retirement.

Ask Unclutterer: Too much storage space

Reader Marci submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I am a fanatic unclutterer. Our kitchen is very organized. But we actually have too much storage space (tons and tons of drawers and cabinets). What should I do with these empty drawers? My first instinct is to tell you to leave them empty. Think of them as Drawers of Possibility.

Rule #12: Build Real Friendships and Relationships.

A reader asked me if I could break down my ideas into a handful of principles. After some careful thought, I came up with a list of fourteen basic “rules” that summarize my money and life philosophy. I’ll be presenting these as a weekly series. Many people argue that the fundamental unit of value in the modern world is the dollar.

Your Studio Needs Entrepreneurs

Encourage your team to think differently, to abhor blindly following unproven formulas, and to creatively deconstruct. Your studio NEEDS entrepreneurs!…

Simple idea for the wall

Lorena creates a wall decor from the small cardboard boxes, usually used as gift boxes. "I purchase this little sets of round cardboard boxes at Ikea and I made this wall decoration with them, they were cheap and easy to attach to the wall with a little pin."

How To Design Your Own Fail-Safe Exercise Program

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a personal trainer at your beck and call every day of the week? Okay, maybe not nice as such, but certainly useful. You’d no longer have any excuse for delaying regular exercise and dusty workout gear would be a thing of the past.

My Debt Story: An Introduction

This post is from April Dykman, a new GRS Staff Writer. April was a typical GRS reader who used the things we talk about to improve her financial situation. Now that she’ll be writing for the site, she wanted to start by sharing some background on her financial history. In April 2008, I got married.

Workspace of the Week: Highly functional home office suite

This week’s Workspace of the Week is KatieScrapbookLady’s home office/craft room/homeschool room/scrapbook room/sewing room/creative space: Katie wrote that she and her two children spend a great amount of time in this space, and it certainly looks to be extremely useful.

4 Lessons that Helped Me Optimize My Workflow

Finding the right workflow can make a tremendous difference in the productivity of a freelancer, and I have been working very hard at this over the last few weeks. I have made sure that there is enough time each day and each week to accomplish all of the tasks that I’m responsible for.

A stunt or not a stunt. That is NOT the question.

Last week, Elizabeth Kolbert, a respected New Yorker journalist who writes admirably about issues to do with our climate catastrophe and the environment, wrote a scathing attack on my book, No Impact Man.

When Design Gets in the Way

99% speaker Michael Beirut explores simplicity in design, in light of needs vs. wants.

How to Unclog a Toilet Like a Plumber

It’s every man’s worst fear. You’re at someone’s house, you  finish doing your business and flush the toilet, but instead of going down, the water comes up along with whatever you just deposited in the bowl. Would you be paralyzed with panic in that moment? Or do you know what to do? For some reason, the lot has fallen to men to deal with clogged toilets.

A Tightwad’s Lament (and Daily Links)

Ah, the tribulations of a tightwad — they are many. On Monday, I walked a mile-and-a-half to the hardware store to buy some 1/2-inch washers, nuts, and bolts. (Remember: I’m trying to walk 5-6 miles per day now, so I usually walk for all of my errands.) Every month this hardware store mails us the same coupon — $5 off a $25 purchase — so I took it with me, just in case.

21 Ways to Reduce Your Spending Without Making Your Life Miserable

Jennifer writes in: You often talk about how spending less doesn’t have to make your life miserable. Yet, most of the ideas you give seem miserable to me! What ideas do you have that won’t make my life boring? Given that everyone’s life is different, it’s hard to point to a list of things that’s guaranteed to not be boring for everyone.

Put on Your Shoes.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project.