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By Trent Hamm

Curing clutter problems in under-sink cabinets

Cabinets under sinks in kitchens and bathrooms are common places to find clutter. There are pipes, maybe a hose or two, and usually a lot of stuff that was stored there in hopes that it would just magically disappear. Additionally, having clutter in this space can quickly become disastrous if one of the pipes or hoses develops a leak or bursts.

What To Do with an Old 401(k)

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. When a friend of mine changed jobs recently, she discovered she had half a dozen old 401(k)s trailing her from her past jobs. She wanted to get on top of her financial planning, but wasn’t sure what to do with all those old investments.

5 Items That Snap You Out of Your Morning Routine [Win an Amazon Kindle]

This post is brought to you by Hyundai. Click here to learn more about the new 2011 Elantra. What’s this? Over the next couple of months, we’ll be running a series about things you can use to snap yourself out of your usual routines. And with each post, the kind folks at Hyundai will be giving away one of the items to a reader.

5 Motivational Quotes by Authors of the Classics

The number of great posts here about the importance of reading the classics to improve oneself made me think that I should share with your some of my favorite motivational quotes by some of my favorite classical authors.

How to Identify Your Ideal Customer in Under an Hour

This is the second in a weekly series showing freelancers and business owners ways to spend an hour per week building a basic marketing program. Last week we showed you how to start tracking visitors to your site. This week we show you how to use your existing client list to discover your ideal client.

Blatant Self-Promotion -- the Paperback of "The Happiness Project" Is Available for Pre-Order!

Yes, the paperback of The Happiness Project is available for pre-order! It will hit the shelves on March 1. If you're inclined to buy the paperback, I would very much appreciate it if you'd consider pre-ordering a copy. Pre-orders really build buzz and enthusiasm for a book among booksellers, retailers, the press, and my publisher.

How to Cope with Budget Blow-Ups

This is a guest post from Gail Vaz-Oxlade, the host of the popular Til Debt Do U$ Part on CNBC (Saturday nights at 10 and 10:30). Gail is a columnist for MoneySense, Chatelaine, and Zoomer Magazine and blogs daily at her website, where she also offers terrific tools people can use to dig themselves out of the hole.

How to Focus + My Goals

By Tina Su Do you feel overwhelmed by the number of things you want to focus on? Yet, you find it hard to make real progress forward? Perhaps, it’s time to slim down your list and focus on just one or two larger goals. I too didn’t know how to focus until an unexpected conversation with my husband exposed my problem.

In Which I Fail, Yet Again, To Keep My Personal Commandment: "No Calculation."

Assay: One of my most important personal commandments -- and one that I struggle with constantly -- is No calculation. It’s meant to remind me not to keep score, not to stint on love and generosity, not to keep track of who’s done what. This commandment is based on an observation by my spiritual master St.

Custom reed glass in Adel cabinets

Materials: Adel Birch cabinets Description: The hack is a very simple idea; insert a selected glass into an IKEA cabinet. we chose to insert a reed glass into a dark stained Adel birch cabinet. Any kind of glass will work for this hack. Take a solid upper door and on the back side of the door you will need a 1/4" route on all four sides of the FRAME to insert the glass.

The Things I Love

I love walking in the woods on a warm spring day, searching for edible mushrooms. I love my wife’s awkward smile when she’s been paid a compliment she richly deserves and doesn’t know how to respond to it. I love reading a book from the library that both takes me to another place and teaches me something new. I love my oldest son’s rapidly growing sense of humor. I love w

Top 5 Freelance Jobs from the Job Board

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Hack Rack

Materials: Lack Side Table Description: A simple HiFi Rack was needed. Given was my Amplifier and an old TV stand from B&O that I purchased on a online auction. Cables should dissapear in the back and it should look ... nice. I bought myself an Ikea Lack Side Table and just used the board without any legs. I drilled a hole into it, 57mm of diameter.

Tool and hobby storage: Gerstner’s Hobby Roller Cabinet

Basements and garages are places where tools and hobby supplies can easily become overwhelming if proper storage doesn’t exist. My husband loves woodworking (he makes stringed instruments and large furniture), and his tools are starting to outgrow his current storage system.

Reader Mailbag: Super Weekend

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. Generous severance, no job 2. Should I sell my bike? 3. Road tripping with kids 4. Health insurance in retirement 5. Moving from saving to investing 6. Disability insurance and credit cards 7.