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Unitasker Wednesday: Cupmen Instant Noodle Figure

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! If it weren’t for instant noodles, I might have starved in college. Back then, I could buy 10 servings for $1. I would add vegetables or meat or even pasta sauce to them if I had some extra cash. I remember months when I ate them twice a day, every day.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Hidden kitchen storage from This Old HouseThis Old House has a storage option that looks rather interesting. Downsizing in ScotlandBy preparing for move to a smaller home Alison and Bill McCulloch of Bonnyrigg, Scotland made a rather stress-free move by paring down their possessions in prepartion of their move. Ruthless Simplicity: How to ward off doing more and burning outMy initial inclina

Simple steps to unclutter your workspace

Today we welcome guest post writer Jaky Astik, who blogs about country, culture, and change on his blog Stories and Stuff. Five easy steps to unclutter your office life: Stop using sticky to-do notes. Instead, use a more permanent system, like Tasks inside Gmail.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Routine Edition

For the first time in several months, I’m finally settling into a productive routine like I had early last year, when I was far ahead on my writing and able to work on other projects. My second book interrupted this routine and several other things in the interim have prevented things from falling back in order. What does that routine entail?

Things You Should Know About HAFA: The Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program

By Xin Lu On April 5, 2010 a new program called the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives, or HAFA, will further expand the foreclosure prevention efforts of the Obama administration. This program is meant to encourage short sales instead of foreclosures.

Seven Tips for "Pleasing in Company" -- from 1774.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Seven tips for "pleasing in company," from 1774. I love reading lists of happiness tips from days of yore -- for example, Sydney Smith's nineteen tips for cheering yourself up, from two hundred years ago. Lord Chesterfield, a British statesman and man of letters, was very preoccupied with worldly success.

How to Master the Art of Mindful Eating

Editors note: This is a guest post by Jules Clancy from stonesoup. When I quit my job in January to focus on blogging full time, there were many changes I was excited about implementing in my lifestyle. One of the most rewarding has been around my eating habits. During my years as a corporate wage slave, breakfast was a meal I ate alone in my car.

Getting Equipment on a Freelancer’s Budget

There isn’t exactly a checklist of equipment you must have as a freelancer: for some freelancers, an old computer is more than adequate as long you’ve got chairs and a table where you can meet with clients. For other freelancers, a laptop loaded with the latest software is crucial, but everything else in the office is negotiable.

Why Doing Your Homework Leads to More Sales

I recently received a prospecting e-mail from a Tucson photographer I’ve never heard of. His message noted that I’m included in the website developers directory in this city’s Book of Lists. If you’re not familiar with these books, they’re published by the weekly business journals in many American cities.

A Hol for kitty

We've also seen this hack before. But again, this is using the smaller Hol. Space space kitty solutions, eh? The Hol disappeared for a season but seems like it's back. Whether permanently, I don't know. If you're thinking of hacking a Hol cat box, get it quick. With it going for only $30 a piece, it is definitely a great bargain compared to what's in the market. Now to the hack.

Do You Get What You Pay For?

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Like many of you, I’m a proponent of quality over quantity. I’d rather buy one good coat that will get me through three seasons and last for years than replace a poorly-made, cheap one every year. But it’s important to consider that expense is not necessarily an indication of quality.

How to Stick to Your Study Plan

“Which Direction I (You Are Here)” Courtesy of Vido Drago Whether you’re studying on a college program, for a career qualification, or just for personal interest, you’ll want to make a success of it.

The Case for Cold Water Shaving

Share When I watched the HBO series Band of Brothers, I was struck by how the soldiers, ill-supplied, freezing, and wearily dug into the snowy trenches of Bastogne, still made time to shave. The clean shaven face was and is military policy. Even today, US soldiers, although they must do without hot water and baths for months at a time, still try to get in a daily shave.

Ten Tactics for Saving Money on Pets

My wife and I are considering getting a puppy for our son, who really seems to love small dogs and often asks us whether we’ll ever have one.

DocuSign Review

As environmental and financial pressures increase on today’s businesses, managers and other administrative workers are constantly on the look-out for cost-cutting methods and ideas. One way to save both money and impact on the environment that has become popular in the last several years is paperless technology.