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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

Grundtal pot rack

Materials: Grundtal Description: My husband and I attended a cooking class where we saw a single-bar ceiling-mount pot rack that we thought was just perfect for a small kitchen like ours. The pots and pans nest into one another saving a lot of space. But these racks are ridiculously expensive.

Ask Unclutterer: Tips for moving in together

Reader Caroline submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: Erin, you addressed this a little bit in your 2008 post about mismatched couples, but I wonder if you could do a post about preparing to combine households. My fiance and have decided on a very short engagement … But I’m also nervous that I’ll move my clutter into our shared home, which will make him feel burdened.

Back painted glass backsplash

Materials: Effektiv, Inreda Description: Our kitchen does not have a full splash and no matter how careful I am, I have spilled stuff all over the walls. I used to put a piece of cardboard paper around the stove everytime I cooked to protect the most affected area. We like the look of the trendy back painted glass backsplash but it is too expensive to have it custom made.

The Post-Christmas Challenge

This year for Christmas, most of the items my wife and I received were small and/or served some specific utility in our lives. I received some grape juice with which to make homemade wine (pinot noir), a replacement for our small saucepan, and some books (among other things). My wife received similar small items. Our kids? Not so much. Here’s the challenge with our children.

Creating an Agency: Getting Freelancers to Work with You

Hi. I’m Shane. I tweet about my misadventures running (with some pretty smart people) a 100% freelance driven agency at @justlikeair. Working with freelancers offers an interesting conundrum. In a polygamous environment, a genuinely free market, how do you build loyalty? Why would a great freelancer choose my urgent project over someone else’s?

Workspace of the Week: Small living, organized office

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Callum Chapman’s bedroom/office/living space: Living with a roommate or in a dorm or at home with your parents can be difficult for an unclutterer because your bedroom functions pretty much like a studio apartment. Therefore, when someone manages to pull off the arrangement in an extremely organized way, I am quick to give praise.

Old Habits for a New Year

When I was younger, I didn’t track my spending. I kept a checkbook register, but that was out of necessity; I constantly flirted with a zero balance, and I had to know precisely how much was left in the bank so I wouldn’t overdraw my account.

How to Become a Different Person

“Have you seen Joe lately? It’s like he’s a different person.” What do we mean when we say that?

The Book Deadline Cometh

Hey everyone. As many of you know, Kate and I are working on the manuscript for our second book, tentatively titled Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues. We’ve got a January 17th deadline and we’re working overtime to ensure that it’s as awesome as possible. We’re so excited about this book.

4 Suggestions for More Memorable Dates

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Kyle J. Byard. When I was in elementary school I had to do an essay on part of my family history. My father suggested I interview my grandfather and have him tell me of how he met and eventually married my grandmother. I remember thinking it was a little bit silly that one of the dates my grandparents went on was to see a 3D movie.

"I'm Not Saying This To Appear Virtuous. I Have Plenty of Unhealthy Habits Most Other People Have Outgrown. But My Day Is Better

Happiness interview: Ruth Davis Konigsberg. I've known writer Ruth Davis Konigsberg for several years, and I couldn't wait to read her new book, The Truth About Grief: The Myth of Its Five Stages and the New Science of Loss. One of my happiness-project resolutions is to Read memoirs of catastrophe, so I've thought a lot about how different people experience grief.

Intimidated by the Mistakes of the Past

On October 4, 2010, I made a choice to switch to a vegan diet due to health reasons and the recommendation of a dietician due to those reasons. It was a difficult choice, one that seemed almost impossible at the time. On the first evening after the decision, I sat down to a final non-vegan supper with my family. As I ate the meal, I almost couldn’t imagine a diet without this stuff in it.

Custom bed headboard with Storage

Materials: MOSJO, BESTA extension, VIKA AMON, LACK Description: I wanted to create a custom headboard for our bed which would fit nicely underneath our bay windows. Since you can never have enough storage the ability to lift up the top and dump winter duvets, extra pillows inside would be even better!

Whisky cabinet

Materials: Faktum cabinet, Perfekt bottle shelf, some boards, small angle braces Description: My partner needed a cabinet for his whisky collection. We couldn't find a suitable one with correct dimensions and features, so he made an Ikea hack. First he built a sturdy table-like frame to support the combination of the bottle shelf and the cabinet.

3 Ways To Let Your Soul Guide You (listen to your gut!)

THE “ACCIDENT” Theoretically, Halloween 2006 was the worst day of my life. During a dressage lesson, my beloved horse tripped, fell down, panicked, jumped up and launched me into a wall all in a matter of seconds.  I hit the wall so hard that when I landed, my lungs collapsed. As I floated outside of my body, I remember thinking, “Well this isn’t a bad way to go…” An