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By The Unclutterer Team

Organizing for medical emergencies

Ten days ago I was in an accident. I fell. Hard. Since the accident, I’ve been in a wheel chair when I’m out of the house, on crutches around the house, and taking some mighty powerful pain medications. This morning, thankfully, I got permission from my doctor to use a cane and hold my son. No more wheel chair! No more crutches!

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The People Around You

The single biggest advantage I’ve had in my life is that I’ve largely been surrounded by supportive people.

From rugs to runners

I like the clean simplicity of Clara's hack - a long runner from Ikea rugs (which reminds me that I need one for my entryway) and little patchwork accents completes the look. The rugs in question is the Signe, which goes for only $2.99 each. Three of these would set you back less than a meal in town, and they lasts longer. Ok, now to the hack.

Rules for People of the Random Resume

I am a member of a very special club. It’s a club that I’ve sometimes been embarrassed to be a part of, but at the moment, I’m quite proud to belong to.I’ve been looking for a proper name for this club.

Odds and ends for April 13

A couple reminders and articles we wanted to share with our readers. The reminders: If you’re in New York City, you’re invited to attend the Real Simple 10th Anniversary Celebration this Thursday (April 15). Learn more at RealSimpleRewards.com. I’m scheduled to speak between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Social Proof, and How You Can Get Some

You’ll hear this term casually dropped on several sites that cover copywriting, but few experts ever go into detail to explain social proof. They mostly say, “Make sure you back up your claims with social proof,” and then move on to discuss something else. Meanwhile, you’re sitting there thinking, “Great. And social proof is what, exactly?

Finding a Financial Guru

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. At certain stages in your financial journey, you need a catalyst to get you to the next stage. Perhaps right now you are coming out of the zeroth stage of personal finance, deep in debt and trying to take that first step to turn things around. Maybe you are debt-free, but you have no clue how to invest in the stock market.

3 Simple Tools to Boost Your Confidence

Confidence is something we would all like a little more of from time to time. Even the most confident people can feel out of their depth in some situations.

Creative Sessions – A New Set of Educational Posts Every Month

We’re very passionate about teaching creative skills here at Tuts+, so over the last year we’ve been planning a new stream of educational content focused on the "Why?" instead of the "How". Today we’re unveiling the newest addition to the Tuts+ family: Creative Sessions. Every month we’ll be running a two week ‘Session’ on a creative topic.

Planning for Summer Vacation

This summer, my wife and I and our three children – a four year old, a two year old, and a baby – are going on at least three different family trips. One will be to downstate Illinois, another will be to northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin, and the third will be to northern Minnesota.

Trading Happiness for Money: A Bad Bargain?

I think a lot about happiness — about my own happiness and about the happiness of those around me. Knowing my interest in the subject, Kris forwarded a recent column from David Brooks of The New York Times about what he terms “the Sandra Bullock trade”: Two things happened to Sandra Bullock [in March]. First, she won an Academy Award for best actress.

Spring cleaning tips from Lifehacker

Last week, Lifehacker jumped on the spring cleaning bandwagon and published a series of posts dedicated to uncluttering in “Lifehacker’s Ultimate Clutter Cleanout“: All week at Lifehacker we’re putting extra focus on uncluttering your world, ranging from your home, your personal finances, your workspace, your digital world, and more.

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Cleaning your home’s gutters

One of my resolutions for the second quarter of 2010 is to “accomplish all 67 tasks on the ‘Spring Cleaning for the Overachiever’ list on pages 189 and 190 of Unclutter Your Life in One Week.” Since I live in a house that doesn’t have exterior gutters, we swept our house’s flat roof instead of tackling list item number four: “Clean leaves and debris out of