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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

Walk in closet from kitchen wall panels

Materials: Ikea kitchen wall panels Description: I didn't want to have bypassing sliding doors for my bedroom closet and thought one door would save space. My house is old but didn't have much in the way of good salvageable architectural details.

Converted fireplace built-in

Materials: White 3 shelf BILLY bookcase, 2 x LIDINGO Glass panel doors, DIODER Lighting pack, 2 pack TYDA Handles, MDF for frame, TV antenna socket, Power socket, PVC piping, Jigsaw, Drill, Liquid nails Description: Due to the small size of our living room I converted our already closed up fireplace into a lit book cabinet and entertainment unit.

Ask Unclutterer: Too much storage

Reader Annette submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: My family lives in a modern 4 bedroom house with a 2 car garage, finished basement and shed. We have deep closets, shelving, and storage rooms galore. My husband and I and 3 kids are on a mission to reduce our possessions yet we have so much storage there are little bits here and there. Some cabinets are just plain empty.

12 Great Graduations Gifts

99% speakers John Maeda and Jack Dorsey team up to give all RISD graduates an "artrepreneur kit."

Why Controlling Bosses Have Unproductive Employees

We love our freedom to choose!

Judd Library

Need some reading recommendations? Here's an interactive site to explore the 13,000 books in artist Donald Judd's library.

The Real MSM: Maintenance Saves Money

Five minutes of maintenance can save hundreds of dollars, lots of time, and tons of heartache. For me, maintenance of the things I rely on in life has become a complete no-brainer. Spending a bit of time here and a bit of time there on the valuable things and the important things in my life extends their lifespan. It helps them to keep running great.

Ask FreelanceSwitch #12

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, Travis King and Thursday Bram look at final payments and how to ask for a deposit. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

The Creative Addiction

Pearl S. Buck said: The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive.

A vintage suitcase laptop table

Materials: Dave laptop table Description: This is my second luggage project. I love to upcycle old luggage into tables, so it seems. This guy was given to me in his original pre-loved state by a wonderful man I work with during the holidays when he heard I was into 'the luggage'. He had used it and found it in the garage, unloved, and lovingly gave him to me to upcycle and make useful.

Workspace of the Week: Desk drawer cleanup

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Maureen’s uncluttered desk drawer: I am one of those odd people who could waste hours a day looking at pictures of well-organized desk drawers. They make me incredibly happy, and this one is spectacular. There is place for everything, and everything is in its place. It’s serene. Blissful.

How Quickly Wants Can Turn to Needs

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker recently featured a post on his own blog entitled, Are You Eating Yourself Into Debt? As some of you know, Courtney and I recently spent just under a year traveling abroad with our two-year-old daughter. A couple of months ago, we returned home to Indiana and decided that we’d take a six month break from our mobile lifestyle.

How to Really Begin Adding Value

Many of us have been brought up to think that there is only so much to go around and we must grab what we can before other people get our share. But there is another paradigm which insists on the importance of community, emphasizing our interconnectedness and interdependence.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Ask For Advice

When faced with a big decision, it is natural for you to seek advice from friends, colleagues, and experts. Sadly, it can also be natural to ignore that advice when you don’t hear what you want to… I was chatting with my friend Fred and he was lamenting the very high mortgage payments he had to make.

How to Build Your Wardrobe: Part III-Men’s Hats, Watches, and Other Accessories

In How to Build Your Wardrobe Part I we discussed why a man’s clothing is important, broke men up into groups, and listed the clothing they need.  In How to Build Your Wardrobe Part II we gave you 5 general wardrobe building guidelines and expanded on the clothing checklists.  Now in How to Build your Wardrobe Part III, we’ll discuss hats, watches, and other accessories that add to a man