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By Tim Ferriss

Status update: How are your 2009 resolutions working?

Last January, I professed to Unclutterer readers my 2009 resolution to get a handle on my overwhelming e-mail situation. I had hopes of finding e-mail zen this year, and I did — until August. Regular readers of the website will remember that in August my husband and I received a phone call and a few days later became parents.

Ask FreelanceSwitch #1

In this inaugural issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, myself and Thursday Bram look a the pros and cons of “I vs We” and the best ways to expand your business. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a new regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

A Brief Guide to Holiday Tipping

I’m getting more requests this year for holiday tipping info than ever before. For example, Nina wrote: “Can you provide some guidelines for Holiday Tipping Etiquette for the holiday season? I’m at a complete loss…” To be honest, I don’t know much about holiday tipping. It’s not something I was raised with.

Take Back the Kitchen: 3 Great Meals to Impress a Date

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Matt Moore, author of the cookbook: Have Her Over for Dinner. Share Ever since man created fire, we have been searching for new and better ways to prepare food. With regards to culinary evolution, our society has come quite a long way since the early days of roasting raw meat over open flames.

No Impact Project needs interns

From the No Impact Project: Project The No Impact Project (NIP) was conceived by Colin Beavan, aka No Impact Man, following the success of his blog, book, and film, which chronicle his family’s year-long experiment living a zero-waste lifestyle in New York City.

48 Fun Ways to Exercise

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. A couple of 5th graders named Michelle and Casen recently asked me: What advice would you give us when we know we should exercise, but we just don’t feel up for it? My answer to them is what I’d tell anyone, child or adult: Don’t look at it as exercise — instead, play games and sports and have a ton of fun!

Index Funds: Why Choose Anything Else?

This is a guest post from Mike Piper, who blogs at The Oblivious Investor, where he reminds readers that investing doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful. Mike is a long-time GRS reader and the author of Investing Made Simple. Like many other investors, J.D. and I are fans of taking the slow, sure path to wealth. We invest much of our money in index funds.

Taking Advantage – or Over-Advantage – of Customer Service

Cam writes in: I got a sweater from Land’s End for my birthday with the receipt included. I wore it twice, but I just don’t like the sweater. It fits fine and is well made and everything, but I just don’t like the look. I’m thinking of sending it back to them under their unconditional warranty but it feels wrong to me. What do you think?

Four Tips for Using the Abstainer/Moderator Split in the Face of Holiday Temptations.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 4 tips for using the abstainer/moderator split to fight holiday temptations. Ah, the holidays. If you’re a person who is trying to withstand temptations, it can be very tough. Everywhere you go, you face cookies, candy, booze, and snacks and treats of every kind.

Can you Learn to Be Creative?

Do you have to be born a creative person?

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: Relax, Toy Hamsters Not Metalloid Death Bringers After All

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. In this article, we put your minds at ease with good news concerning the Zhu-Zhu pet scare, give you 13 tips for making sure you actually get your holiday purchase rebate, and provide one of the best tutorials for rotating your own car tires.

Doing Less

Much of the current writing about time management and productivity focuses on fitting more tasks into each day.  The idea is that the more tasks we are able to complete, the more productive we are. To a certain extent, this makes sense.  If we spend time procrastinating instead of working, we’ll be more productive if we can cut out unproductive activities.

Unitasker Wednesday: USB-powered eyelash curler

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Eyelash curler — Okay, I’ll admit it, I own one.

10 Reasons Why Lag is an Advantage

Imagine that you're driving a car and want to make a right-hand turn. You turn the steering wheel - but nothing happens. The car keeps on traveling straight ahead for another 100 yards or so before it slowly begins to veer off to the right. That doesn't sound like a safe car, does it?

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 2008 Gift Giving Guide: Experience givingThis year, consider giving a gift of your time. Keeping holiday decorations unclutteredAdding seasonal decorations to your home can increase your home’s clutter if you don’t take steps to remove items in preparation of the decorations. Built NY lunch bag for kidsThe Munchler is a lunch bag that can also be carried like a backpack.