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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unclutterer history and services We have had a wonderful bump in traffic recently, and we thought it might be a good idea to talk about our history and all that we do here at Unclutterer. Putting Unclutter Your Life in One Week to the test Photographer Tasra Dawson put Unclutter Your Life in One Week through the ringer to see if she could clear the clutter and organize her life in seven days

My Story

Many readers of The Simple Dollar have come here over the years to get ideas on personal finance, improving their life, improving their career, and improving their use of money. Although many of the articles heavily include details from my own life, I don’t really have a great full summary on why I write The Simple Dollar. How am I qualified to write such a site? Where did I come from?

"A Sensible Man Will Remember that the Eyes May be Confused in Two Ways...[and] the Same Thing Happens to the Soul."

“A sensible man will remember that the eyes may be confused in two ways -- by a change from light to darkness or from darkness to light; and he will recognize that the same thing happens to the soul.” -- Plato * TV Tropes is one of the most thought-provoking and irresistible sites out there. * Volunteer to become a Super Fan, and from time to time, I’ll ask for your help.

Linkswitch #56: Web apps, writing, and marketing

5 Things You Never Want to Hear Your Client Say You know what you call a client that knows exactly what they want, does not require revisions, always pays you on time and loves colored eggs? You call them the Easter Bunny because they do not exist. In a perfect world all client relationships would go this smoothly. Unfortunately, it’s not a perfect world.

Reader Story: Mistakes and Milestones, and Lessons Learned Along the Way

This guest post from Jen Bevel is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. In just a few short months, I will be — gasp!

Some Thoughts on Haircuts and Frugality

This past week, I was fairly irked by a tweet by a high-profile Twitter denizen that basically said “you’re a loser if you’ve ever cut your own hair.” Simply put, it’s another perpetuation of the idea that somehow frugality is uncool. So, let’s start out with a confession. Hi. My name is Trent. I have a wife and three children. I live a pretty normal life.

7 Timeless Tips That Will Supercharge Your Body, Mind, And Soul

Meaning, purpose, fulfillment, and happiness are essential ingredients in our lives.Sometimes getting more of them can seem impossible.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #6

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Sarah This past week, my wife Sarah gave so much of herself that I was simply amazed, even though it’s just par for the course for her. She gave me a long hug and a pep talk when I felt down.

Compound Returns in the Garden: How Long-Term Planning Pays Off When Growing Your Own Food

A lot of folks have been asking if my wife and I will be doing the Get Rich Slowly garden project this year. That’s the plan! After a one-year hiatus, Kris and I intend to track our spending and our profit for the food we grow on our land. January saw no spending and no harvest, though.

Make it Personal: The Best Kind of Valentine

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, lovers around the world are trying to figure out just the right words for that special card or letter.  Probably many of them are cringing at the pressure of romance and expectations of the most romantic day of the year.

Get More Bang for Your Happiness Buck: Revel in Anticipation.

My younger daughter got me thinking about the importance of anticipation to happiness. She is so very excited about her birthday tomorrow -- she was literally jumping up and down with excitement at the prospect of her school celebration today.

Dinner With My Family #6: “Anything” Soup

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. We live in Iowa. This winter has been a long one and, for the past week or two, incredibly cold.

Lessons in Manliness from the Egyptian Revolution

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Yasser El Hadari, an AoM reader from Egypt. If you’ve been watching the news, I’m sure you know that the Egyptian people have rocked the Middle East in their effort for self-rule and democracy.

Ask Unclutterer: Displaying a collection

Reader Star submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: My husband [and I] like to collect restaurant menus where we have had memorable meals. As you can imagine these are all shapes, sizes, colors and quality. Right now they are sitting in a plastic box awaiting some action from us. Can you please offer some suggestions as to how best to display/store/organize them? What a fun collection!

Sales Fail: Moron Tours

Ever tried to join a gym, rent an apartment or buy a house?If so, at some point, you’ve probably been a victim of the dreaded moron tour.In gyms, it follows a scripted greeting, then follows a standardized path through the gym revealing every section, every piece of equipment every, class and service and ends up with “should I put you down for month-to-month or would you rather save 25