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By Gretchen Rubin

Built in Billy bookcases number ... 3

Materials: Billy (4x 80cm; 2x40 cm) including top pieces Description: Here's another straightforward bunch of Built-in Billy bookcases. The one Mikko did a while back inspired us after moving to a nice old big house to do something similar. Hopefully these pictures add something to the ones posted already. All the Billy bookcases are second hand and of several generations.

Teaching toddlers about organizing

Parents often ask me what chores and responsibilities are applicable for toddlers.

Financial Security for Unmarried Couples

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. Money is one of the biggest issues couples fight about. It’s also one of the most important areas for clear communication.

4 Strategic, Freelance Lessons Learned in Business School

Credit: Vancouver Film School on Flickr It surprises most people when they find out that I am double majoring in Graphic Design and Marketing. They understand it is a great pairing, and that they can go hand in hand, but when they hear “marketing” they think my course is tailored to just marketing. It isn’t.

5 Awesome Tips to Writing Emails That Won't Be Ignored

I'll confess before I begin - I still struggle a bit with keeping my emails short and sweet.

Learning How To Fly – Lucid Dreaming Style

Flying is an amazing feeling. I’m not being figurative or clever here. I’m talking about legitimate soaring through the air, without the aid of wings or jet engines. You may think what I’m saying is impossible. How can people fly? Okay, I’m going to level with you – they can’t. At least not normally. Yet I flew above a beautiful lake just the other night.

How to Properly Iron a Dress Shirt

I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen a man who’s wearing what would be a very dapper get-up….except it’s ruined by wrinkly clothes.

Finding (And Keeping) The Right Advisors For Your Business

Great advisors can make or break your business. We chat with a handful of thought leaders about how to find (and manage) your advisory dream team.

Pimp my IKEA table

Materials: LEKSVIK Description: A Leksvik on the cheap gets a makeover with painted on "placemats" and "chalkboard" setting. The flower motif is set with a layer of clear coat with glitter sprayed on a template.  See more of the Leksvik table. ~ Heidi, Norway

Not Enough Time? How to Stop The Illusion

Photo by Vadim Pacev By Anastasiya Goers “It is not enough if you are busy. The question is, ‘what are you busy about?’” ~Henry David Thoreau Do you find that there is just not enough time to get everything done? How many times a day do you usually use the word busy?

Personal Finance and the Idea of Freedom

“Financial freedom” is a concept that’s constantly bandied about among personal finance writers and presenters. I think it’s mostly used because it sounds good: freedom implies some sort of escape from oppression, and applying that sentiment to personal finance creates a picture of a future where you’re not beholden to creditors or lenders or your boss.

Quiz: Are you a Moderator or an Abstainer, When Trying to Give Something Up?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday, back by popular demand: Quiz -- are you a moderator or abstainer? One of the great mysteries of happiness is: why don't we do the things that we know will make us happy? Why do we skip exercising? Why do we eat two doughnuts for breakfast? Why do we buy that thing we don't really need?

Personalization Matters: Lessons Building a Strong Network

A personal letter to Luke Creating the LifeRemix network with my friend Brett is easily the most important thing I’ve done professionally. Starting the little network of friends has allowed me to get advice and feedback from some of the smartest minds on the Net in a vast array of niches. I mean, these people are sharp.

A Grono mosaic lamp

Materials: GRONO Lamp Description: Four different mosaics created on the sides of the lamp Gromo. - preparation stained glass - glass paste - grouting ~ Davide Scimeca

Unitasker Wednesday: The Pajamas Warming Pouch

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Reader Kaity has sent us a unitasker that may be one of my all-time favorites. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Introducing The Pajamas Warming Pouch: I have to be honest, I had no idea room temperature pajamas were a problem needing a solution.