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By Gretchen Rubin

10 "Rules of Life" from Tolstoy. What Are Your Rules?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day. This Wednesday: 10 "Rules of Life" from Tolstoy. I have a love/hate relationship with Tolstoy. I love his fiction, and for that reason keep feeling compelled to learn more about his life, but then am driven away by his faults.

The Switch to Hand-Bottled Water

One of the more costly (and unhealthy) routines I once had was grabbing sodas out of the refrigerator, taking them into my office, and gulping them down. Not only was it costing my health, but it was also an expensive routine.

Bedroom Side Table

Materials: Two, white, wooden Ikea storage bins, dark stain, hinges, screws, glass knobs (optional), and contact paper (optional). Description: We have a relatively small apartment and we are always looking for ways to store our "stuff". There was an unused space in our bedroom and two wooden Ikea bins taking up space in our closet and viola, our Ikea hack was born.

Your Money or Your Life

I number of years ago, I was managing the IT department for a large non-profit and I had an opportunity to interview for a well funded startup airline.  The airline was just launching and they were going to fly me out to New York to interview for heading up their IT support services.

Unitasker Wednesday: BeanSlice

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! It is rare that someone submits a unitasker and my first thought is, “I want that!” But this week, that was my response. Even I, the UNCLUTTERER, am tempted by plastic doodads that do the exact same thing as the knives I already own.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Use your mac as a televisionThe elgato EyeTV Hybrid lets you watch televised programming on your Mac without needing a dedicated television set. 2009 Preserving digitized photographsWhat to do after you have your print photographs digitized. 2008 Stop hoarding magazinesMany magazines are now putting their entire publishing history on CDs or DVDs. Like this site?


Materials: Ramvik Description: When I moved in I bought an IKEA Ramvik table and while travelling this summer I had an idea (don't ask why): decorate its top with Lego bricks used as pixels. Here are the steps I went through. If you don't care about those steps and want to see a nice time-lapse video, scroll to the end of the article! Lego bricks First things first.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Condolences Edition

A few days ago, one of my favorite podcasters (Tom Vasel, from The Dice Tower) lost his infant son to an E. coli infection. Having an infant son myself, I can’t imagine the pain of that type of experience. My condolences go out to him and his family.

What Is Your Body Capable Of?

Is your body out of shape? Do you want to become fit? No matter how unfit you are right now, it’s not too late to get your body back into shape.

To Propose or Not to Propose? Tips for Handling the RFP Process

credit: timparkinson on Flickr Sorry if you’re a lovestruck freelancer, but this isn’t an article about proposing marriage. Instead, it’s about handling requests for bids, proposals, quotes, or whatever you’d like to call them.

Sofia Stripes on an Expedit Shelf

Materials: Expedit shelf, Sophia fabric Description: It was super basic- I just trimmed some $.99/yard Sophia striped fabric to the size of the Expedit shelf. I temporarily taped the edges of the fabric onto the back of the shelf to figure out where I needed to cut holes for the cords of the printer, modem, xbox, etc.

How to Lend Money to Friends (Without Ruining the Relationship)

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Lending money to friends and family is a generous act — one that could easily backfire and even ruin your relationship.

Are You Wasting Hours of Your Work Day?

How much time do you waste, every day? You probably don’t try to, or mean to.

From First TV to Dr. Oz – How to Get Local Media…Then National Media

(Photo: Dyobmit) Let’s start with what you think you want. “I want to get on Oprah eventually, and we’ve been pitching The New York Times, who’s interested.” Good news or game over? I hear some version of this on a weekly basis from start-up founders.

Looking Sharp While Traveling the World

Image from Modern Mechanix Why “Stylish” Travel Clothing? Traveling used to be a glamorous endeavor. As it was more rare than it is today, going on a trip was really something special.