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By Jonathan Fields

Unitasker Wednesday: The Happy Sack

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! I have to start by saying that this probably isn’t a unitasker.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Kindle software available for Mac usersI know that not everyone is on board with reading electronic books as a way to control over-flowing bookshelves, but if you are, you might be happy to know that Kindle software is now available for Mac. How much is enough?My answer to the question, “How much is enough?” is turning out to be much less than I imagined.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Summer Planning Edition

During this coming summer, I’m departing on a ten day trip to the West Coast, as well as a few other long weekends at various locations around the Midwest. This happens during most summers for me, so spring is usually filled with writing posts in advance to cover the periods when I am traveling.

From NEY to YEY

Materials: Micke desk, designer wallpaper Description: My husband bought this desk for our sons room (he is 2.5 years old) and in his room there are a firecar-bed which is red, closets are white and some textiles are blue.... and this horrific desk was orange!!!! So...

Has Passion Jumped The Shark?

Everyone’s talking about passion.Find your passion, pursue your passion, monetize your passion, share your passion, build your business and life around your passion.What about this…be done with passion?!There. I said it. It’s out there.Passion.What a word. I used to love it. I still love what I see it standing for.But it’s become so loaded.

Getting Started: The First Steps to Freelance Freedom

Credit: Patrick Gaudin on Flickr For some of us, the progression from a full time career to a freelance state of mind can be as easy as handing in the notice and running for the exit. However, for others the transition can be full of worry, stress and anxiety. I’ve been pretty lucky in my freelancing career.

Unclutterer housekeeping

A couple things we want to bring to your attention: First: When Unclutter Your Life in One Week was initially released as a hardcover, it was also released as a Kindle version through Amazon (and a number of other e-book reader formats, too).

Living Below Your Means Is Like Saving for Retirement Twice

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He also has a newly reinvigorated blog, and you can have your day interrupted once or twice by his Twittering. Robert contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. Hello, GRSers.

5 Incredible Success Lessons

Laing Burns Jr.

When Pride Gets in the Way of Success

After my article a few days ago on putting food on the table when you can’t make ends meet, a reader sent me an email that left me thinking. A key part of the email: When you write about such things on your website, they sound realistic and doable. But when I actually think about going to the food pantry or using food stamps or asking a pastor for help, I don’t want to.

Spare Change: Blog Continuity Edition

I’ve tried something new at Get Rich Slowly lately. Several years ago, my friend Sparky gave some feedback about the site. “There are lots of great discussions in the comments,” he said, “but you never really make that obvious on the blog itself. If there’s a good conversation, you should let everyone know.” I’ve never done that — until now.

Geektastic lighting

Materials: Hemma Cord Set, copper wire, blank printed circuit boards Description: I wanted to create some lighting for my apartment that would have a very geeky feel. After looking around and finding nothing I wanted I decided to create something from circuit boards. I purchased blank printed circuit boards from ebay. I used copper wire and insulated wire.

Open Thread: Should you work for an employer prior to freelancing?

Last week’s open thread talked about the usefulness of formal education for freelancers. We got some interesting responses and had a great discussion! This week, I thought we’d look at another surprise statistic from the Global Freelancer’s Survey.

Best Jewelry Closet EVER!

Materials: SKAR Cabinet with Mirror Description: IKEA pictures this with keys, etc on hooks, but I installed in my bedroom and made it into a jewelry cabinet. Install per IKEA instructions with 16 hooks provided. Add 12 3M hooks in between the cabinet hooks. If needed add 3M hooks on inside of door for even more storage.

How Does Negativity Help You?

“I don’t really care what you have to say because you don’t have the same political beliefs as I do.” “This idea just doesn’t match my life at all, so it’s worthless.” Several years ago, my immediate circle of friends were full of people who would go out for drinks after work and spend an hour or two being as snarky as possible.