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By Glen Stansberry

Olympics as uncluttering inspiration

Back when I was an avid knitter (a.k.a. before parenthood), I participated a few times in the Knitting Olympics. The idea of the Knitting Olympics is that you begin a large project at the start of the actual Olympic opening ceremonies, and you work diligently to finish the garment by the end of the closing ceremonies.

Business Strategy: The Recurring Income Trap

So many individuals and businesses see innovation not as an opportunity, but a burden. People are always asking me about business strategy and business models… “What’s the best one?” they ask.

Why Work?

A few days ago, my four year old son came into my office when I was finishing up an article for The Simple Dollar. “What are you doing, Dad?” he asked. “I’m working,” I told him. “Why?” he asked. “Well, I have to work so that we can make money, and we use that money to pay for our house and for our food and our clothes,” I told him. He thought

Are You Quick to Ditch?

One of my favorite shows on television is called “Flipping Out,” and it’s about a California house flipper with obsessive-compulsive disorder named Jeff. He drives everyone nuts and is, let’s just say, extremely detail oriented.In one of the episodes, his assistant talks about dealing with Jeff’s ups and downs.

Ikea snow boots

The blue bag halter dress must have inspired some to put the scissors to the hardy bag. Here's a raincoat featured on the Ikeahacks group on Instructables. (We have some amazing projects there, don't forget to check it out.) And now, we have snow boots! Megan faced over two feet of snow in Pittsburgh and no snow boots for Superboy. That's when Ikea hacking creativity kicked in.

How to Get the Best Rates on Your Savings — Safely

Over the past year, one of the frequent questions I get is: “Where I can safely invest my money to get a decent return?” For example, Joseph wrote in November: Around February/March I should have $5,000 to invest. My debts are under control and my wife and I have lowered our monthly expenses. I was wondering if you had any advice on ways to invest $5,000?

What if there is no human-caused global warming?

A long time ago, someone wrote to me and asked me what I would do if I was wrong about climate change? I answered him like this.Just the other day someone else wrote to me. He went on about liberals and how they complain and a bunch of other things he doesn't like about them. Then he said:"But you're right about one thing. We need to take care of our planet.

Email Sanity: How to Clear Your Inbox When You’re Drowning

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. The beauty of an empty inbox is a thing to behold. It is calming, peaceful and wonderful. An inbox that is overflowing with actions, urgent calls for responses, stuff to read … it’s chaos, it’s stressful, it’s overwhelming. A friend recently posted: “Help!

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #17: The Code of Chivalry with Scott Farrell

Welcome back to another edition of the Art of Manliness podcast! In this week’s episode we talk to Scott Farrell, director of Chivalry Today. We discuss the history of chivalry and how modern men can apply the code of chivalry to improve their lives. For more information about chivalry, check out Scott’s site, Chivalry Today.

For Valentine's Day, Two "New Traditions." Also, the Weekly Video.

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, which gave me the opportunity to keep one of my favorite resolutions, to Keep a new family tradition. This resolution works alongside some of my other important family-related resolutions, like Be a treasure house of happy memories and Take time for projects. Family traditions are an important way to build happy memories and to do fun family projects.

Dealing with Dissatisfaction

What do you do if you’re dissatisfied with your cell phone? You find that it endlessly frustrates you. It’s constantly interrupting you. It doesn’t have the features you want. Quite often, you just want to throw it in a desk drawer and forget about it. Quite often, in this situation, people will go shopping for a new cell phone.

On the Forums: medicines, eBay, and fridge clutter

Some great discussions are currently underway on the Unclutterer Forums: Medicines To eBay or not to eBay? Fridge Clutter Be sure to check it out and add your thoughts to the mix.

Friendly Space

I’ve heard a lot of people say that people on the East coast are less friendly than the people they meet in the Midwest.  One of my professors at Harvard who grew up in Kansas said that he didn’t think Wal-Mart would do well in the Cambridge area because they wouldn’t be able to find anyone who could cheerfully say “Welcome to Wal-Mart!” at the front door. So what

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 3 Ways to Prepare for the Card Act

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we get you ready for the new Credit Card Act, share an awesome recipe for peanut butter power bars, and help you shop for disability insurance.  Top 5 Articles 3 Ways to Prepare for the Card Act — We’ve known about it for some time, but is there something you should be actively doing to get ready?

George Washington: Simplicity seeker

Today is Presidents Day in the U.S., and over the past week I’ve been re-reading James Flexner’s Washington: The Indispensable Man in preparation. I’ve been fascinated by George Washington since I read his first inaugural address my junior year of high school. It was his desire not to be president that captivated me then and continues to interest me today.