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By Trent Hamm

2009 Gift Giving Guide: Gifts the Unclutterers are giving

In our eighth installment of Unclutterer’s 2009 Holiday Gift Giving Guide we’re discussing gifts the Unclutterer team members are giving this holiday season. Brian: Now that our extended family is growing, we’ve agreed to limit the family gift exchanges to kids and grandparents only.

Laptop stand for working in bed

Here's a little contraption from Andrew, that's just right if you like working on your laptop while sitting on the floor.

Twitter Creator Launches ‘Square’

WIRED writeup on Square, the latest creation from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.

Why Are Oranges Always on Sale in December? Seasonal Food Sales and How to Take Advantage of Them

When I was a kid, each year my Christmas stocking had a large orange in the toe. I always thought of this as a bit strange, so when I was a bit older, I asked my parents about the orange.

Why the Affordable Home Really Isn't

By Julie Rains I've taken a look at home affordability calculators that are available from many reputable sites offering personal finance advice. "Affordability" is based on bank lending guidelines rather than real-life budgets. I'll show you a simple formula to help you determine what is truly affordable.

An author’s minimalist home of the future

In 1952, Popular Mechanics magazine ran an article about science fiction author Robert Heinlein’s then-new 1,150-square-foot minimalist home. Titled “A House To Make Life Easy,” the article written by Thomas E.

Linkswitch #16

Is Your Email Address Losing You Clients?

Furniture and Scambags: Adventures on Craigslist

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. I’ve already told you how the wife and I weed out our closets every summer and have a yard sale with the results.

Vincent van Gogh - The Letters

"I risk my life for my own work." Browse all 902 of Vincent Van Gogh's letters.

On the Forums: realistic to-do lists, jewelry display, and kitchen essentials

Some great new discussions are underway on the new Unclutterer Forums: Making Realistic To-Do Lists Jewelry Display and Storage Kitchen Essentials Be sure to check it out and add your thoughts to the mix.

"Running, Blogging, Taking Risks -- and Watching 'The Devil Wears Prada.'"

I started my career as a lawyer -- I was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when I realized that I really wanted to be a writer – and I’m still very interested in lawyerly concerns. One way I stay abreast of what’s happening in the world of law -- and also keep my resolution to Stay connected to my past -- is by reading Above the Law, a substantive (a very lawyerly word) but also e

The Costs of Preparing for Additional Children

Megan writes in: Congratulations on your third child! My husband and I are expecting our second child in February. I hope you’ll write an article about how to save money when another child comes along. Your wish is my command, Megan.

Eight Tips to Know If You're Being Boring.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Eight tips for knowing if you’re boring someone. ‘Tis the season of merry-making, which means you’re probably more likely than usual to find yourself making polite and perhaps awkward chit-chat. One of the challenges of the holidays! If you have trouble talking to a stranger in those situations, here are some tips to consider.

10 Stages of Financial Freedom

0. You Earn Less than you Spend This is obviously a good place to avoid and represents the least amount of freedom.  No one should be here, but I added it because I know many people (particularly in the US) operate regularly in this stage. 1. Your Job Covers Your Expenses This is where a lot of people are.  You spend everything you make.

Skruvsta office chair makeover

Maya turns the Skruvska swivel chair into quite a stunner.    "I bought a badly-scuffed white Skruvsta office chair in the "scratch-and-dent" section of Ikea in Israel, as well as some fabric remnants. I used these remnants to recover this chair entirely, adding some extra padding to the chair cushion.