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By Brett Kelly

Workspace of the Week: Color coordinated

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Kimba714′s happy office: Kimba714 used a little spray paint on the shelf brackets, colorful organizing supplies, pastel wall paint, and a handful of decorative items to create a bright and cheerful small home office.

McKee-Fields Sessions Finale: Storytelling in Social Media

I’m so excited to share the final two McKee-Fields Story Sessions with you.I decided to combine parts 5 and 6 of this series on storytelling into one mammoth 40-minute grand finale episode.


Materials: Vinyl Description: Not really a hack, but perhaps nice to show on this site anyway. We started a project a while ago to personalize Ikea products without physically altering them. We are now selling stickers designed by the community. The designers make money when we sell the sticker for them. ~ Niels, Amsterdam See more here.

Ask the Readers: Is It Okay to Refinance a Mortgage to Get Cash for Other Goals?

I have a backlog of “ask the readers” questions since I didn’t publish any while I was vacationing over the past month. As soon as possible, I’ll get to those I’ve promised to post. Today, however, I wanted to share a question from Kristine, who wrote to me earlier this week. Kristine is trying to decide whether she should refinance her mortgage.

Are You a Mental Slave or a Mental Master?

“Anyone here look like slave to you?” In the eighties there was a hilarious BBC comedy sketch series called The Real McCoy and one of my favourite clips was from Miss Rees (Miserys!) West Indian Restaurant. In one scene, a customer sits down and waits for the waitress to take his order.

How Tim Ferriss Makes Money (and Other Things)

Two days ago, I saw the following tweet: @tferriss so self-promo by referring to yourself in the third person can work. It’s ironic given the content of this http://su.pr/3BZbFL This was in response to my tweet, which read: Inc. Magazine – Tim Ferriss on the Pitfalls of Personal Branding: http://su.pr/3BZbFL Ironic? Not really.

Small cheap IVAR hack: from cupboard to low cabinet

Materials: IVAR cabinet, 1 Trecket, 4 Besta legs, 4 screws, 2 pieces of wood Description: I had the IVAR small cabinet fixed to a IVAR unit which I dismantled. I needed a small cabinet unit elsewhere in my kitchen but didn't want to spend too much so I hacked the IVAR. Paint the Ivar AND the 2 pieces of wood.


"It Really Is Just So Much Easier To Be Who You Are."

Happiness interview: Tsh Oxenreider. I don't remember how I ended up on Simple Mom -- "life hacks for home managers." Probably the phrase "life hacks" lured me there; I can never resist a good life hack. I've also been thinking a lot about the virtue of "simplicity" lately, so I'm reading everything I can on the subject.

The Two Types of Procrastination

I just finished reading a wonderful article on procrastination by James Surowiecki in the October 11 issue of The New Yorker. The money quote: [I]t might be useful to think about two kinds of procrastination: the kind that is genuinely akratic and the kind that’s telling you that what you’re supposed to be doing has, deep down, no real point.

A mini shelf for books, toddler sized

Materials: Ribba Picture Ledge Description: We are renting, so I couldn't attach something to the walls. And we didn't have the space for a big reading nook but I wanted our toddler to be able to see his books and have them be at his height. I looked through the garage and found 2 IKEA Ribba photo ledges we were not using. 1.

And the final winner in our Kindle Wireless Reading Device giveaway is…

Thank you to EVERYONE (all 11,095 of you!) who are now following @Unclutterer on Twitter and who participated in our Kindle giveaway. Now, let’s get on to the good stuff … At 10:00 a.m.

Reader Mailbag: Halloween Treats

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. Sharing too much information online 2. How do ARMs work? 3. World Series prediction 4. First time apartment hunting 5. Saving for a wedding 6. Workbook for missions/goals 7. In-person insurance agent? 8.

7 Tips for Creating a Successful Photographer Blog

credit: hito.fr on Flickr Photography blogs can be great ways to funnel new visitors and potential clients to your photography work. I’ve been photoblogging for almost three years. Here are seven things that I’ve learned: 1. A blog is no place for second-rate work.

Specialized saving accounts

Last winter, when one of our cats was diagnosed with a rare cancer, my husband and I took the cat to a renowned pet oncologist. Some of our friends, the pet lovers in our group, said they would have done the same thing to help a member of their family.