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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.

Borrowing from Friends: The Friendship Killer

By Nora Dunn How many friendships have you lost (or almost lost) because of money?

International Shed of the Year is an Ikea Hack

Chuck does Ikea hackers proud by winning the International Shed of the Year competition run by Shedblog. His shed, well it is hardly a shed, a cozy little hideout I would say, features a 16' long window made from Ikea glass shelving. I can't say that the window nailed the prize for him, but it's pretty impressive. See more photos on Shedblog.

Organized doesn’t have to be new and shiny

My friend Kendra has two children under the age of five. They have a lot of toys, and those toys have a lot of parts. Her daughter’s dolls have small shoes and hair accessories and her son’s LEGO bricks and toy cars easily get lost in a giant toy box.

Your Mileage May Vary

“You should try it! It’s a great way to save money! You could write about it on The Simple Dollar!” She looked at me with her big round eyes, and I didn’t know what to say. To put it frankly, the tip seemed weird and I wasn’t going to try it. I was simply polite and agreed with her that it was a great way to save money.

PR Gone Bad: How to Anger Bloggers and Hose Your Client

Strap on your seatbelts, this is gonna get ugly… About a week ago, I got the following pitch letter: Awake At The Wheel Mr. Jonathan Fields Self Help For Immediate Release [full press release for first author follows] It’s really rare I get to announce a new book and offer an special opportunity of such importance, quality and pure enjoyment.

The Best Ways to Boost Your Retirement

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. With the S&P 500 still down more than a third from its 2007 high, we’re all a little unsure about our retirement plans these days.

Are you prepared?

September is National Preparedness Month and it’s a great time to make sure you are organized for emergencies. Do you have a first aid kit assembled? Are your favorite photographs digitized and saved securely online? Do you have a fire escape route for your home and office? Does your family have local and out-of-area meet-up plans in case you ever get separated in an evacuation?