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By Tim Ferriss

Tromso got flipped, turned upside-down

Materials: Tromso, philips screwdriver Description: No longer wanting to sleep while so high, I wondered if I could flip my Tromso bed and only use the top part, but upside down. It looked possible from my initial inspection. Note that the mattress base was in four pieces, supported by cross-members. So to get it to a bed state: - Flip the whole bed completely.

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I was sitting in the room at SOBCon in Chicago over the weekend. It was a wonderful event.

Set Aside a Specific Time for Something That's Important to You.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Time. Last week’s resolution (on the theme of Body) was to Cultivate good smells. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

"grass-diving-dogs"-as(s-) rack

Materials: 8 x BÄSTIS hook, 1 x HAMPEN carpet Description: "New home, so we needed a new coat rack :) "I thought. What to do? Let's drive to IKEA." We found those cute dog-hooks and drove home but I needed something more. It was too little for my taste. So I spend another afternoon in IKEA and found HAMPEN which looked like grass. An idea was born! It's really simple.

Got Unused Vacation Time? Put It to Use with a Personal Sabbatical

In September 2004, I was about to leave my first post-college job. My boss at that time – who happens to be one of the people I respect the most in this world, even now after my radical career shift – observed that I had a pile of unused vacation time that was basically going to disappear when I left that job in mid-October.

How to Speak at a Barcamp and Love it!

Advertise here with BSA My name is Allan. I co-founded LessAccounting. I’m an entrepreneur. I’m a husband. I’m the father of the two cutest kids you’ve always wanted but will never have. And I love Barcamp. You may be wondering what Barcamp is? Barcamp is a gathering of minds in an open environment with the intent of sharing ideas and providing feedback.

Comic Book Heroes

Materials: Ikea CD storage unit, vintage cowboy comic strips, vintage arrows, digitally printed cardboard drawers Description: A friend was tossing out an old (chipboard with green laminate) Ikea CD storage unit, so I took it home and wondered how it could be useful since storing CDs anymore is not.

Building Your Financial “Safety Gear”

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. Recently, I’ve gotten into indoor rock climbing. It’s a challenging activity, and frightening when you first begin. You need to really push the edges of your strength and flexibility.

How to Minimize Interruptions When You’re Working

Have you ever been right in the middle of something – a complicated email, a tricky paragraph of a report, a hunt for some vital figures – only for your concentration to be shattered?Maybe your work day seems to be a string of interruptions.

10 Life-Altering Mind Shifts To Rock Your World

“Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.” ~Sarah Ban Breathnach A mind shift is a change of focus and perception.

How Shifty Powers Regained Confidence, and How You Can, Too

Photo courtesy of the Powers family. Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Marcus Brotherton, the author of 3 books about the legendary men of WWII’s Easy Company, including the newly released Shifty’s War. Confidence can be a sneaky thing, playing hide and seek throughout life. No, it’s not something we’re born with and never lose. It fluctuates.

Announcing The Simple Dollar Personal Finance Seminar!

During the past month, I’ve been having some very casual discussions with an organization that handles the infrastructure of seminar programs for people who wish to run them.

How to Identify the Needs that Motivate Others

We are all motivated by unique desires, expectations, and interests, but there are still overarching tendencies and values people possess that impact their motivation.So, when it comes to motivating others, tapping into what they need and how they want to be treated is a key factor in making a connection and prompting action.

2011 GRS Video Contest Winners

Participation in the Get Rich Slowly video contest was down this year, which makes me a little sad, but the quality of the entries made up for it. In fact, the quality of the videos was so high this year that it was tough to pick a handful of winners. As a reminder, contestants could share videos in two categories for this contest: Success Stories and Personal Finance Tips.

Hol Cat Litter box with Sliding Top

Materials: Hol Storage Cube (Large), floor sliders, hardware, plastic cat box, mat, trash bag. Description: OK folks, just like a lot of cat litter solutions, this one is intended to: 1) Get that nasty box of Cat poop hidden: we live in Boston's Back Bay and have limited space in our wee little apartment.