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Zen Habits

By Leo Babauta

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 The old new is the new oldIf you have furniture items in your home that are clutter because they’re not being used, think about transforming the piece yourself or maybe selling it to a company that transforms furniture — your clutter can become someone else’s treasure. Thanksgiving buffetOur Thanksgiving dinners are usually served in a buffet style.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Home Movies Edition

For the longest time, I didn’t really see the point of taking home movies.

What It Really Costs to Own a Home

By Julie Rains I'm a mortgage-free homeowner but I still have plenty of expenses associated with owning and maintaining my house. Some have been easy to anticipate — others, not so obvious. Either way, the dollars add up.

FreelancerPro Interview: The Foundations of Freelancing

Looking to get big-name clients? Hear what Briant Grant, the creative director at Anisometric, has to say. Brian took his time to get experience and leveraged that agency experience into a thriving design firm based in London. Tell us how you got started in the design industry. I remember being particularly inspired by a new art teacher at my school when I was around 14 years old.

The reasons for lists

Italian author Umberto Eco was interviewed last week by the German publication Spiegel. The interview ‘We Like Lists Because We Don’t Want to Die’ discusses Eco’s recent involvement with curating an exhibition at the Louvre in Paris.

Master Your Money with a Financial Health Day

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. Today at 3pm Eastern, Robert will by leading a live discussion about money and relationships at BlogTalkRadio. Howdy, folks.

Seven Ways to Create More Time In Your Day

Do you ever feel like you have way too much time on your hands, and far too little work and life to fit into it? Unless you're a teen on summer break, I reckon it's unlikely! Most of us would love to have an extra couple of hours in each day.

My rickshaw returns!!!

As you know, my famous rickshaw was stolen from outside my building. I blogged about its loss. Tonight, I got home and someone (Catherine T) had left a comment on the blog saying they saw it on 8th Street and Broadway. So I went over there, and sure enough!Sadly, it's pretty screwed up. For some reason the robbers bent the forks. But I was able to roll it home and lock it up.

LINK: The Making of a Successful Entrepreneur – BusinessWeek

While I’m on the topic of what makes a successful entrepreneur, I bring you a slide show with the results of an interesting study on the subject, though from a different angle. There are two quotes related to finance that I find interesting. First: Entrepreneurs believe financing is important, but many find ways around relying on large equity investments.

How to Run a Meeting

Have you ever been at a meeting where all you can think about is how much more productive you’d be working alone at your desk? And how much of the company’s money is swirling down the drain while your co-workers surreptitiously check their Blackberries under the table?

Reader Story: A Very, Very Fine House

This morning, April wrote about trying to figure out how much house you need. In the comments, Tyler K. shared a photo of the house he and his wife live in.

On the Forums: old t-shirts, personal information managers and childrens’ artwork

There’s already a few very interesting discussions underway on the new Unclutterer Forums that launched this morning: What to do with old, but sentimental, t-shirts? What personal information managers are members of the Unclutterer community using? What to do with childrens’ artwork? Be sure to check it out.

My Garage Sale and Thrifting Toolkit

I really enjoy visiting garage sales, yard sales, and thrift stores. I almost always find an item or two that I’m either looking for myself or I’m sure I can sell on eBay for a small profit.

"Learn New Skills, Ask Questions, Practice Yoga--and Only Travel Carry-On."

From time to time, I post short interviews with interesting people about their insights on happiness. During my study of happiness, I’ve noticed that I often learn more from one person’s highly idiosyncratic experiences than I do from sources that detail universal principles or cite up-to-date studies.

Tuesday’s Tip: Removing Superglue

Have you ever gotten superglue all over your fingers and had to live with it for two weeks as it wore off? There is a simple way to take it off, but first, let me tell you a story. When my wife worked in the ER of a large county hospital in Dallas, she saw a lot of very strange cases. One of the most interesting was the guy who came in with his eyes closed.