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By The Unclutterer Team

Skydiving from Space Part II: Nick Piantanida’s “Magnificent Failure”

“Adhere to your own act, and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant, and broken the monotony of a decorous age.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson The story of Nick Piantanida is not the straightforward, unambiguously heroic tale of Joseph Kittinger. It ends in tragedy, not triumph.

A Deeper Look at the “Percentage Budget”

One topic I’m frequently asked about by readers is the idea of the “percentage budget,” something that seems to largely come from Elizabeth Warren’s book All Your Worth, which I reviewed previously. In the book, Warren proposes a very simple budget for people to follow, based on percentages of their take-home income.

FreelanceSwitch Flickr Contest: Submit Your Photos!

FreelanceSwitch has created our first FreelanceSwitch community flickr group, and we’re giving away prizes to celebrate! Instead of regular ol’ blog images, we want to feature photos from our community on blog posts.

High-end floating desk and built in. Low end price,

Materials: BESTA cabinets NUMERAR counter tops Description: It has always bothered me that if you wanted to do a built-in at a custom size you cant use the Besta products which have the best finishes. After some inspecting of the way the Besta units were put together I figured out that you could hack it so it would look finished and still be able to fit perfect into.

Five simple ways to easily organize your things

When organizing items in your home, it’s best to use systems that make the most sense to you and are simple to use. You should look at your cupboards, files, closets, or shelving and instantly know how objects can be returned, retrieved, or added to their storage space.

Reader Mailbag: Tomorrow

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Investment choices 2. Changing one’s mindset 3. Tea Party thoughts 4. Angry at myself 5. Thoughts on interest-only loans 6. Importance of debt-to-credit ratio 7. Free running music 8.

Why Should You Publish a Regular Email Newsletter?

Why bother with a regular newsletter? Because it’s a fabulous way to build relationships with the people who are – or could become – your clients. Now, you’re probably thinking that, in these days of text messaging and connecting via social networking sites, email has become stodgy and boring.

Is uncluttered and remarkable living the best path for you?

Unclutterer: Someone who chooses to get rid of the distractions that get in the way of a remarkable life. There are three important words in this definition – Chooses. No one can be forced into being an unclutterer. Distractions.

College Savings: The Basics of Saving for College

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. Got kids? If so, you’re probably hoping to send them to college. And you know it won’t be cheap.

Vika Flying V Desk

Materials: 2 Vika Grevsta, 6 Vika Curry in Black, 3 thick steel lumber bracing plates, A drill and Lots of round headed screws! (Size 8 x 1") Description: While searching high and low for a desk that will multitask (Hold my computer and arts & crafts) we ran across the Vika series in Ikea. The prices were just right however the size was a little smaller than I had in mind.

"We're Often Under the Mistaken Impression that Cheering People Up Involves Being Sunny."

Happiness interview: Alain de Botton. I'm a longtime and ardent fan of Alain de Botton. Sometimes, you find a writer who shares your preoccupations, and this is absolutely the case for me with his imaginative, insightful work. Subjects including happiness, work, love, and the problem of biography -- his books tackle all these fascinating subjects, and more.

Are You Overworking? 7 Important Steps To Avoid Burnout

Do you have a good work-life balance right now? Do you spend a good amount of your time working? Do you feel like you have a lot of things to do but you can't seem to finish them? Has it been a long time since you had a break or a vacation?If you answered yes to any of the questions, there's a good chance you're prone to burnout.

10 Ways to Stop Multitasking & Be More Effective

Multitasking is the bane of productivity. Countless tasks are started, but none of them finished because you are rotating between the many options and not devoting your best efforts to any one action. You might have given a good thought to a job, but good thoughts do not provide the same satisfaction as completion. It’s time to focus.

Muay Thai: A Primer on Thailand’s National Sport

Editor’s note: This is a post from Bryan Schatz who has been guest posting for us the last couple of months and has now become a full-fledged Art of Manliness contributor. Welcome aboard, Bryan! *** The monsoon downpour ends just before we hop out of the cab.

Soul Shelter lives!

Yes, long inexplicable silence has its mystique, but enough already!