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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Intimidated by the Mistakes of the Past

On October 4, 2010, I made a choice to switch to a vegan diet due to health reasons and the recommendation of a dietician due to those reasons. It was a difficult choice, one that seemed almost impossible at the time. On the first evening after the decision, I sat down to a final non-vegan supper with my family. As I ate the meal, I almost couldn’t imagine a diet without this stuff in it.

Custom bed headboard with Storage

Materials: MOSJO, BESTA extension, VIKA AMON, LACK Description: I wanted to create a custom headboard for our bed which would fit nicely underneath our bay windows. Since you can never have enough storage the ability to lift up the top and dump winter duvets, extra pillows inside would be even better!

Whisky cabinet

Materials: Faktum cabinet, Perfekt bottle shelf, some boards, small angle braces Description: My partner needed a cabinet for his whisky collection. We couldn't find a suitable one with correct dimensions and features, so he made an Ikea hack. First he built a sturdy table-like frame to support the combination of the bottle shelf and the cabinet.

3 Ways To Let Your Soul Guide You (listen to your gut!)

THE “ACCIDENT” Theoretically, Halloween 2006 was the worst day of my life. During a dressage lesson, my beloved horse tripped, fell down, panicked, jumped up and launched me into a wall all in a matter of seconds.  I hit the wall so hard that when I landed, my lungs collapsed. As I floated outside of my body, I remember thinking, “Well this isn’t a bad way to go…” An

We’re celebrating our fourth birthday by giving away three S1100 Fujitsu ScanSnaps

Today is Unclutterer’s fourth birthday! As part of the celebration, Fujitsu has generously provided three of their new, ultra-portable, S1100 ScanSnap scanners for us to give away to three lucky Unclutterer Twitter followers. We’ve teamed up with Fujitsu to help our readers cut back on paper waste, digitize clutter, better organize work/home offices, and celebrate our big four.

Basketball Table

Materials: Ikea table, small hooks, long skinny hooks, basketball net, magnet of your favorite team, super glue, black spray paint, a saw to cut off the flowery part, rubber feet to make it into a trivet (optional) Description: My boyfriend loves basketball and I saw this other table at the NBA Store in NYC and decided I could make it myself.

Reader Mailbag: Laura Nyro

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. Saving for education 2. Downsides of balance transfers 3. Needs, wants, and emergency funds 4. Handling risk intolerance 5. Converting debt into student loans 6. Taxes and freelance work 7.

Where Will Offering Free Services Get You?

Every so often, I see a freelancer offer up her services free as part of a giveaway. Maybe it’s as part of a sale to drum up business, maybe it’s part of a contest to benefit a non-profit — no matter what, though, I always take a closer look.

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100: An ultra-portable paper clutter reducer

Yesterday at CES, Fujitsu released its latest model in its ScanSnap scanner series. The S1100 is a mobile color scanner, smaller than my shoe: ScanSnap sent me a model to test a couple weeks ago, and I think it’s a great little machine.

Drama in Real Life: When Emergencies Pile Up

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. Last week, I mentioned that my cat just died. Not only was his passing heartbreaking, it was expensive.

How to Bring Your Future Closer to You

Your future and your goals sometimes feel very far away. To be able to keep you motivation at a high level all the time you need to be able to see every (foreseeable) step on the way. Your motivation stands in direct relation to how clear your goals are and it is your motivation that will make or break your future. Create Your Master Plan If you are to succeed you need to keep yo

Drawer dishwasher

Materials: 30" base Nexus drawer cabinet and drawer dishwasher Description: We used a 30" bases Nexus box and one of the drawers from the package. We had to cut down the drawer to size to accommodate the Dishwasher. You can cut the drawer size to any height to make room for the dishwasher.

Traditional Firestarting Part I: How to Make Fire with Flint and Steel

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Darren Bush. There is something magical about making fire from materials other than the standard Bic lighter or Ohio Blue-Tips. Moreover, it is often a better method than matches. Using flint and steel is one of the easiest of the match-free fire-making methods.

Six Questions To Help You Keep Your Cool -- Instead of Losing Your Temper.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Six questions to help you keep your cool. One of my worst faults is my tendency to “snap” – to react sharply, in a minor but harsh way. This trait clouds my happiness and the happiness of everyone who feels the lash. The conventional advice for mastering your temper is to “Count to 10” before reacting.

Becoming a Millionaire

Note: This article was extracted from the daily emails. By Tina Su A few weeks ago, I was standing in line at the grocery store to do some customer returns from my son’s birthday party.