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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

minimalism, rethunk

Post written by Leo Babauta.

How Much Do You Really Save By Air-Drying Your Clothes?

When I was growing up, my mother always hung clothes out to dry, sometimes even in the winter. Where I currently live, there’s not really a place to install a clothesline that would catch any wind at all (I could put one at the edge of our property where it would catch a little wind, but this would really disrupt the open area our children use to play).

Don’t Confuse Your Client’s Goals with Your Own

I read a series of great articles by Jaan Orvet and Andreas Carlson (“Strategy Basics: It’s Really About Having A Plan” and its follow-up, “Strategy Basics: Getting Your Clients Ducks In A Row“) on Carsonified’s Blog called “Think Vitamin” and on the importance of having a sound plan for a successful project.

Tullsta's new legs

Materials: Tullsta, old chair base Description: The back legs on the Tullsta chair quickly began to weaken and threatened to break if someone sat down too quickly.  We had an old rocking chair from the 70's; orange, worn and ugly. But I was very lucky because it had an excellent base which was easily mounted to the bottom of the Tullsta with eight lag bolts.

Workspace of the Week: Standing room only

This week’s Workspace of the Week is RawPhil’s DIY standing desk: RawPhil provided a detailed description of his workspace with his image: Ever since seeing standing desks on Lifehacker.com i’ve always thought what a beautifully simple idea. With so many benefits of health, fitness, time saving and minimalist living soon after i brought my own place i set about installing my own.

Ask the Readers: How to Talk About Money with Teenagers?

Most readers here at Get Rich Slowly have their own tale of a financial turnaround. Many of us were just plain dumb with money when we were younger, and it took us years (or decades!) to realize the error of our ways. But what if somebody had cared enough to intervene before we got into serious trouble? Corinne wrote yesterday looking for help.

Brain Switch: How To Creatively Keep Your Fitness Resolutions

April is about the time New Year’s resolutions dissolve and gyms become less crowded again.  It’s not that folks have lost their desire to trim pounds or increase their level of fitness.  For some, it’s simply a motivation problem.  They want to continue, but just can’t seem to make the time amidst competing demands.  But for others, they just don’t enjoy exercise.  I once watched

8 Things to Look for Before Signing a Lease

Take it from a New Yorker who knows: there are few things in life as frustrating, infuriating, terrifying, maddening, nerve-wracking, and capricious as renting an apartment.

David Shields: Don’t Be Afraid of Your Own Mind

It’s difficult to describe David Shields’ new book Reality Hunger. It’s part self-portrait, part manifesto for a new kind of art, and part amazing sourcebook for artistic practice. It asks questions like: How much of your life do you put in your work? What's the use of "realness" in art?

2011 Death and Taxes Poster Now Available

In my posts last summer about understaning the federal budget and the truth about taxes, I pointed to Jess Bachman’s Death and Taxes poster. This monster 24-inch by 36-inch graph shows you just how the government spends your tax money. From the site: “Death and Taxes” is a large representational graph and poster of the federal budget.

Four Atypical Things to Do Before You Consider Buying a House

Most articles focus on the financial nuts and bolts of the things you should have in order before you consider buying a home. You’ve got to have good credit. You’ve got to have a down payment. You’ve got to know the housing market. And so on. Yet those aren’t the only important things to be thinking about.

Gorm Propagation Station

Materials: GORM shelving, shop lights, heat mats, hooks, duct tape, power squid Description: This is our propagator for starting seedlings in the basement. We chose GORM shelves that make a total width of just over 4', since standard shop lights are 4' wide. After assembling the shelves, we added some screw in cup hooks to hang the shop lights from.

“Naps, Music, Taking Fussy Kids Outside, and Leading an Examined Life.”

Happiness Interview: Katie Rosman. I couldn't wait to read Katie Rosman’s book, If You Knew Suzy: A Mother, a Daughter, a Reporter's Notebook, because I remembered reading with great interest her original piece for the Wall Street Journal, Over the Internet, Into My Mom's Heart: Unlocking a parent's passion and the community that sustained her.

Can Exercise Make You Fat?

Do you have a backup plan for your important files? Hard drives always fail eventually. What would happen if your hard drive failed right now? Our DropBox review looks at a great free application that can help you backup and synchronize your important files across multiple computers.

Grain Edit: Mike Perry Interview

"I kinda had a f*ck you attitude but worked as hard as I could." Artist/designer Mike Perry on coming up.