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By John Wesley

How to Get a Stalled Project Moving Again

Do you have a long-term project which you’ve stalled on? Perhaps you’ve got a half-written novel tucked away, or you started a blog that you haven’t updated for weeks or months. Maybe you began a big craft project – a tapestry or rug.

A Secret to Happiness: Clean Off My Desk.

One of the big insights I’ve gained from my happiness project is that for me (as for many people), outer order contributes to inner calm.

Beware of Phony Census Workers

By Xin Lu This year the United States Census Bureau will be conducting its regularly scheduled census. Every address in the United States will receive a census form and census workers will be sent to those who do not respond. Unfortunately, con artists may be taking the opportunity to run scams.

Reader Mailbag #97

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments.

How Debt Fools People

By Philip Brewer People who have a natural aversion to debt often wonder how some people get themselves into such terrible problems with debt. Don't they know how much it costs? Don't they understand they can't just go on boosting their standard of living through ever-increasing levels of debt? But that's not really how it happens.

The Business Power of Fun

Seth Godin has an interesting post up today on lemonade… In it, he contrasts two kids running lemonade stands. The first one cranks out cups of store bought lemonade for $1, the other takes a different approach… The lemonade is free, but there’s a big tip jar. When you pull up, the owner of the stand beams as only a proud eleven year old girl can beam.

Small space solution: The picture table

Over the weekend, Lifehacker wrote about a folding table that I think many of our readers who dwell in small spaces will find interesting. The article “DIY Folding Table Saves Space, Doubles As Picture Frame” aptly describes this extremely practical solution: The measurements and directions on how to make a similar table for your space can be found on the Make website.

Billy dresser

Glyn and wife send me two hack. This is the first: a dresser for their dining room and it's so thoroughly disguised. I would never have thought this cottage chic dresser was previously an Ikea vanilla Billy. My wife and I are real Ikea enthusiasts. We wanted some sort of dresser for our dining room and didn't want to pay dresser prices. So we had a go at creating one on a shoe-string budget.

9 Sneaky Expenses That Eat Away at Your Income

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker is a founding member of Untemplater.com, a new multi-author blog focusing on personal finance, entrepreneurship, and life design for people in their 20’s and 30’s. Few concepts have had as great an impact on my family’s financial decision-making as learning how to calculate our real hourly wage.

The Decline of Male Space

Once upon a time, the world belonged to men. Literally. Because men had exclusive power in both private and public life, they controlled their surrounding environment and the way in which space was designed and decorated.

2010 Predictions from Wall Street and Main Street: Who's Smarter?

By Stacy Johnson It's that time of year again: everybody who's anybody sits in front of a camera and gives predictions on the year ahead. But just how smart are these "experts"?

Review: The Elements of Investing

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. The Elements of Investing by Burton G. Malkiel and Charles D. Ellis is a nice small volume, reminiscent in size and length to one of the Little Book investment volumes.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Book review: The Power of Less If you are looking for sound advice on how to improve your productivity, The Power of Less will help you to be more efficient in all your dealings. Unitasker Wednesday: Paw plunger Apparently, someone has become tired of wiping their dog’s paws so they decided to introduce the Paw Plunger to the dog owning public. The multi-tasking unitasker: Bag TV There

Trimming the Average Budget: Other Transportation Expenses

This is part of an ongoing series about how to trim the budget of the average American. As this series focuses on such broad-based tips, some will work for you and some will not.

Reader Story: How I Cut 16 Years from My Mortgage in Just One Hour

This guest post from Caitlin of ClutterCubed (a blog about ridding clutter from your life) is part of a new feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Every Sunday will include a reader story (in the new “reader stories” category).