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By Tim Ferriss

Expedit storage and room divider from HGTV guy

And we complete the day with one not so easy hack on the Expedit. This is from John Gidding, who has his own HGTV shows. And he turns it into one sexy storage-divider. John tells us, "I modified that lovely classic, the Expedit. I modeled the shapes using Rhino and AutoCAD and used a CNC machine to mill them out. Actually it's all one long piece - made with two Expedit units.

Your SSN Can Now Be Accurately Guessed Using Date and Place of Birth

By Paul Michael It seems that nothing is safe any more. And now your Social Security Number, the lynchpin to you credit score, taxes, government benefits and more, is under attack.

What Are You On?

So, I went to my doc’s office for a one month checkup after my recent throat surgery and there was a new nurse practitioner. We chatted for a few minutes, she was lovely. Then, she asked a series of quick preliminary questions to update my status, before the doc came in. It all seemed normal until she asked, “what meds are you currently taking?” None, I said.

Unitasker Wednesday: Lightning Reaction Extreme

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Do you dislike your friends? Do you want to screw with your loved ones’ pacemakers?

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 What happens when Unclutterer is invited to tour Consumer ReportsErin tours Consumer Reports’ testing facilities and learns a great deal about informed consumerism. Collections of NothingThis book looks quite interesting and will probably be of interest to readers of this blog. Wedding clutterFor some reason we kept napkins, cookie bags, candles, champagne glasses, greeting cards, wedd

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: 1,100 Notes Edition

Over the last year, I’ve been jotting down individual notes and thoughts that I’m intending to include in my next book. Now that the time has come to start putting this together, I sat down and finally did a thorough accounting of all of the notes.

Small Business Marketing Does Not Work for Freelancers

Walk in to any book store and you’ll see a whole shelf of books on marketing, many of which target small business owners and entrepreneurs. There aren’t many that are written specifically for freelancers, though, but I’ve read quite a few of the small business books based on the idea that freelancing is just another kind of small business.

The Power of Dichotomies in our Quality of Life

I was talking with our housekeeper Fany this morning about an earthquake that hit Honduras the day before. In a non-negative way, she was saying how this is just another example of all that is happening in the world today.

DIY Marriage Counseling

When marriages start going sour, couples are often urged to go see a therapist or to attend a workshop or seminar to help smooth out their difficulties. But these options are often quite expensive and outside a couple’s budget.

Peter Walsh provides organizing tips for Microsoft Office users

Last month, reader Bev wrote in to our Ask Unclutterer column looking for tips on how to use Entourage on a Mac to organize e-mail and create tasks.

Learning to Budget with the JARS System

This is a guest post from Steve Martile, a life coach and the author of the personal-growth blog Freedom Education. Here he describes a budgeting system that actually reminds me of Elizabeth Warren’s balanced money formula, but with a little more detail. Managing money doesn’t restrict freedom — it creates freedom. That’s probably not the first time you’ve heard this.

Expedit bookcase cover up

Another easy Expedit hack. Olivia gives it more colour with wrapping paper. She says, "Here is what I've done with my Expedit bookcase. I wanted it to be more practical while giving it a more sophisticated look. So I bought gift wrapping paper, spray rubber, drawers, doors and Hedra knobs. I'm quite happy with the result."

What fills you with awe?

Once in a while, even though it's trendy, these days, not to talk about other species when we talk about environmentalism, I like to reconnect with that about our planet that fills me with wonder.And for me, one of those thing is whales. The video below is a gift for you.Meanwhile, what about our planet fills you with awe?

Book review: Life Inc.

By Philip Brewer Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back by Douglas Rushkoff. The corporation was invented a few hundred years ago--created to increase the wealth and power of favored businessmen (and the governments that favored them).

Would You Accept $200,000 If You Didn't Know Where It Came From?

By Paul Michael You know, I hear a lot of people say that frugal people would do anything for dime. Personally, I think that applies more to greedy people, but it got me thinking of a question that combines morals with money.