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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Christoph Niemann’s My Life With CablesArtist Christoph Niemann reflected on his relationship with cables and wires on the New York Times blog Abstract City. Like this site? Buy Erin Rooney Doland's Unclutter Your Life in One Week from Amazon.com today.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Netflix Edition

Earlier this week, I made an offhand reference to the fact that my wife and I have watched several entire sci-fi series on Netflix streaming at a roughly three-episodes-a-week pace. Several readers wrote in and asked for what series we had watched, so I thought I’d give you a brief rundown of the series we’ve watched while being Netflix streaming subscribers.

The uncluttered influence of Ikea?

Inside Story, a current affairs and cultural studies newsletter from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, has published an interesting article exploring the uncluttered influence of Ikea.

10 Tips for Staying Productive During Vacation Time

Credit: elenathewise on Photodune Working from home, everyday is a vacation. Wrong! It’s equally important for freelancers working from home to take a vacation. You need a break as much as if you where working full-time on a factory floor, building houses, managing the cash register at your local mini-mart or working in an office.

All About Asset Location: How to Make the Most of Your Accounts

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He also has a newly reinvigorated blog, and you can have your day interrupted once or twice by his Twittering. Robert contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks.

Gorm window sill

Materials: Gorm, Behandla Description: My wife and I always wanted a window sill that doubles as a bench. The only problem is that the required wood was to expensive. Then I thought of Gorm, the cheapest shelving unit from Ikea. I used 8 Gorm 50 cm shelves and 8 height extension posts. First I painted them white using Behandla. I sawed them to a breadth of 35 cm.

You Know, You Can Change Who You Are

Have you ever been labeled?Maybe your parents always said you were the “naughty one” or the “quiet one” or the “clever one”. Maybe your classmates called you a “geek”. Maybe your friends expected you to live up to a particular reputation (even when you thought you’d outgrown it).You almost certainly have labels that you give yourself – whether you realize it or not.

How To Tap Into Your Personal Greatness

‘Greatness…consists in doing great deeds with little means and the accomplishment of vast purposes from the private ranks of life.’ - Dr Russell H.

What Good Is Listening Anyway?

We’re constantly telling ourselves – or being told – that we must be better listeners. But how do we DO it? Six steps for better listening and less miscommunication.

Spare Change: Cockeyed Edition

Last week, I wrote about the dismal odds you face when trying to play the lottery. That article included a lottery simulator built by the GRS technical elves, a widget inspired by the lottery simulator over at Cockeyed. I’ve mentioned Cockeyed several times over the years. It’s awesome. Cockeyed is the home of Rob Cockerham and his crazy projects and pranks.

“Banking” Meals

One of the biggest challenges I’ve come across since changing my diet has been the struggle to always have ingredients on hand for meals I can eat.

Want to help spread the eco-word? Work for the No Impact Project!

Hi Folks-- Just a little news about the No Impact Project, the non-profit effort I started to help people to become engaged citizens through both lifestyle change and community and national political involvement (from both sides of the aisle). 1. We are looking for a program associate. The job description is below and on Idealist. Please follow directions below to apply. 2.

Shoe cabinet transformation

Materials: SANDNES shoe cabinet Description: Aylin tipped me on this Sandnes shoe cabinet transformation that is oh-so-chic. The hacker, Serim installed 3-D wall covers onto the cabinet doors and repainted them to match her walls. The exposed wood trim is painted a slightly lighter hue for a two-toned effect. Finish with cute knobs and there you have it.

Podcasts Now Available on iTunes!

Newsflash: yes, the weekly videos for the 2011 Happiness Challenge are now available as audio podcasts on iTunes! Many thanks to the indefatigable Jayme Johnson and Maria Giacchino for doing all the hard work to figure out how to do that. Yay! To find the podcasts on iTunes: Login to iTunes Go to "Podcasts" Search for "The Happiness Project." It's free, of course.

Trofast play-table

Materials: Trofast wall storage, MDF board, Description: Since I have kids, age 3 and 6. I have developed a special walking technique when it's dark at home. (All people whit smaller kids in the house will know what I'm talking about) It is simple but effective; you drag your feet along the floor. The aim is to avoid something sharp getting in-between your feet and the floor! Like a toy.