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Ask Unclutterer: Organizing hair styling doo-dads

Reader Karey submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I have a 9-yr-old girl with long hair. She has zillions of barrettes, headbands, clips, bobby pins, etc. and I need some good ideas how to organize these! Any suggestions?? Such a fun and direct question! I recommend using a tackle box.

Rule #10: Plan Ahead Every Time You Spend.

A reader asked me if I could break down my ideas into a handful of principles. After some careful thought, I came up with a list of fourteen basic “rules” that summarize my money and life philosophy. I’ll be presenting these as a weekly series. Whenever some people see statements like the one above, they roll their eyes.

What’s Coming Up in September!

It’s been a hectic 3 days for us here at Envato. We’ve had a massively successful Birthday Bundle (over 5,000 sales in 3 days), lots of giveaways, a fantastic Tuts+ tutorial set up for free download and our first video interview. Here in the office we’ve also been celebrating today with a big lunch and lots of network gaming!

5 Things To Do When Twitter Goes Down

Back in the good old days, when it was only just starting up and no-one really saw the point, Twitter used to crash all the time.

Protect Your Site Reputation: Avoid these Unethical SEO Tactics

The search engine ranking game is full of pirates and marauders; sort of like the high seas of the 18th century.

Mr. Market’s Wild Ride

The U.S. stock markets have provided a wild ride over the past year. The S&P 500 stock market index recently posted its best five-month gain since 1938. Yet many people missed out on this. And no wonder. During the previous five months, the market suffered one of its greatest five month losses, which understandably made investors gun-shy.

Super simple girly hack

Maja makes a girly hack for all kinds of knick knacks. Here's what she did: 1. Buy one Lillholmen toothbrush holder. 2. Nag boyfriend for half a week until he remembers to borrow a drill from work. 3. Drill tiny holes in said Lillholmen. 4. Apply jewelry. And there you have it. An earring/ring stand! See more of Maja's earring stand.

Workspace of the Week: Equipment bonanza

This week’s Workspace of the Week is BayAreaBaw’s peripherally intense office: This is an amazing office and its owner did a terrific job describing it in the photo’s notes: This home office of mine has been evolving for about six years, with a list of equipment that currently includes: 3 printers (laser, portable inkjet & label) 2 external backup drives (USB & Firewire)

Treating anxiety and depression could save the planet

Something a regular reader of this blog may have been able to guess about me: I suffer, at times, from anxiety and depression. I'm not talking about the worst kind of anxiety and depression.

Can Art Drive Us Crazy?

A look into Stendhal Syndrome, which is believed to cause violent reactions to art.

How to Get a Job Without Experience

"Whether you're launching your career or trying to change its direction, you can get around this Catch-22 with some creativity and humility."

Old School Workout: Daily Exercises for Young Men From 1883

In 1883, physical culture enthusiast William Blaikie wrote a book entitled “How to Get Strong, and How to Stay So.” In it, he gives a primer on strength training. One of my favorite sections is a sample physical fitness routine for young men. What I like about the routine Blaikie proposes is it’s simplicity. The only thing needed is a set of dumbbells.

A Call from Capital One

I don’t often post follow-ups to previous articles, especially after just a few days. But following Tuesday’s post on two-cycle billing, a couple of things happened that deserve mention. Understanding Grace Periods Several readers suggested that what I experienced was not two-cycle billing but the lack of a grace period.

Beyond Budgeting: Pocketsmith Helps You Forecast

By Lynn Truong note: PocketSmith is giving 5 Wise Bread readers a yearly Premium account. Read on for details. There are many financial tools and services that help you track your spending and stick to your budgets. But I'm one of those fortunate ones with very few expenses and have learned over the years how to curb my appetite for spending. So I never found use for tools like Mint and Wesabe.

The Personal Finance Toolbox

I like to think of one’s personal finance state as something like a toolbox. In order to accomplish a major task, one must use more than one tool from their toolbox to make it happen. Let me explain with a bit more detail. The Tools There are many, many different personal finance tools in one’s toolbox.