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Effektively hiding a cat box

Materials: Effektiv: base with legs, add-on unit (high), door; Metrik door handles Description: Cat box hacks are becoming so common on Ikeahacker that this hardly counts as a hack. I thought I'd send it anyway, since I haven't seen the Effektiv used this way before.

Help! My Debt Snowball Is Melting!

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. The summer heat has taken a toll on my debt snowball. Two months ago, I paid off the last of my credit card debt, but I still have thousands of dollars in loans.

"The Less Money Matters to You, the More Careful You Need to Be With It."

Happiness interview: Zac Bissonnette. I met personal finance expert Zac Bissonnette when we were on a panel together, and I was impressed by his command of the research and statistics related to working, debt, higher education costs, and money -- particularly because he was still in college!

Simply Said...How to Motivate Yourself

There are a lot of times in our lives when we've got an external structure or impetus to stay motivated.When you're in college, you generally don't cut your compulsory classes just because you're feel like goofing off – you don't want to get penalized, and you don't want to miss valuable content.When you've got a job, you don't decide to have a long lie-in on Monday mornings.

4 Fool-Proof Methods for Slaying Health-Sucking Vampires

We live in an age of vampires. And their numbers are on the rise. No, I’m not talking about the blood-sucking ones (I leave those to Buffy and Blade to deal with).

99 Excuses For NOT Making Ideas Happen

There’s an old Yiddish proverb that goes, “If you don’t want to do something, one excuse is as good as another.” In other words, if you’re NOT doing something, what does it matter why? We recently polled our friends on Twitter for a list of the most common excuses for NOT making ideas happen. Not surprisingly, the response was overwhelming.

Boxing Basics Part VI: Punching Combinations

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse who is doing a series of posts for AoM on the basics of boxing. So we’ve gone over the various punches and how to defend those punches; now it’s time to get into some combinations. A single punch by itself is pretty much useless.

“Are You a Good Roommate?” Quiz from 1947 Men’s Magazine

I thought this quiz would be fun as guys are heading back to school and moving in with old and new roommates. Are you the kind of roommate that’s “too good to be true” or “should you be a hermit?” Find out with this quiz from the 1946 issue of Varsity Magazine before your roommates start leaving passive aggressive notes for you on the fridge.

99 Excuses For NOT Making Ideas Happen

We collect a shortlist of the most common excuses for not making ideas happen, and respond with tips for rallying yourself into action.

How Would Panhandlers Use Free Credit Cards?

Have you ever wondered what the panhandlers you see on the street would do if you actually gave them a bunch of money to spend? Like many people, I generally give my pocket change to anyone who asks. I figure that if they have to ask, they probably need it more than I do.

Yard Sale Ethics: Is the Sticker Price the End of the Story?

In my recent post about cultivating your own knowledge for fun and profit, I mentioned that you should hit yard sales, consignment shops, estate sales, and so forth as a way to put your knowledge to work for you and take advantage of underpriced items.

Review: Toodledo Task Manager

First, let me share a little secret with you.  I am a master procrastinator.  I always manage to get the job done, and often to the best of my abilities, but if I don’t have that looming deadline, sometimes time slips through my fingers.  I blame YouTube, Twitter, FreelanceSwitch, WorkAwesome, and lifehacker.  If it weren’t for them, I’d be massively productive whenever I sit in front of

Alicia's store-it-all desk

Materials: Faktum (Akurum) 5 drawer base cabinet, Faktum pull-out larder cabinet, Applad drawer fronts, Numerar white/aluminium effect worktop, Grip handles Description: I work from home on my invitation design business Akimbo. Since the office is small we had to make all of the space work hard, which meant a traditional desk didn't fit the bill.

ColorBlendy: See how two colors blend easily

A handy design tool to test how colors blend while overlaid or multiplied.

Ten Things Your Employees Wish You Knew About Them

"If you think it's tough being a manager these days, try being an employee."