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By The Unclutterer Team

Preparing for the Future: A Risk-Management Checklist

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks.

How To Break Any Bad Habit

Why do people have bad habits? Do you know that some people smoke only to control anxiety? The automatic movement that the person does while smoking makes the person believe that he is in control of his environment and that’s why most smokers smoke when they feel anxious.

Action Method I: Breaking Projects into Primary Elements

Normal 0 0 1 995 5675 47 11 6969 11.773 0 0 0 If you know anything about magic, you know that the best tricks are the ones that are the most simple to perform. Levitation relies on pulleys, floating dollars need thread, and the disappearing coin depends on hidden pockets; all of the most remarkable tricks have the most “obvi

So You Want My Job: DJ

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Anyone who has made a mix tape or a mix CD (what do kids do today in the age of the mp3?) knows well the joy in carefully choosing and putting together a selection of music for someone.

7 Tips for Dealing with a Sweetheart Who Is Crabby All the Time.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 7 tips for dealing with a sweetheart who is crabby all the time. If you're in a relationship, your sweetheart's happiness matters a lot to you. Not only because you care about that person's happiness, but also because -- due to a phenomenon called emotional contagion -- you're very likely to "catch" that mood.

The Simple Dollar Is in Bookstores Today… And Here’s Some Free Bonuses for Buyers!

My new book, The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams, is now available in bookstores (I just saw it at a Barnes and Noble in the Des Moines, Iowa area and at the Borders in Ames, Iowa)!

Choosing a Target-Date Fund

This is a guest post from Edwin Choi, the founder of Mariposa Capital Management. Edwin is a fee-only investment advisor in Los Angeles and a long-time reader of GRS. Prior to starting Mariposa, Edwin Choi spent several years as a portfolio manager with Merrill Lynch in New York. So, you find the lazy way to invest very appealing: You like the simplicity and the long-term results.

Bread-loaf Miter Box from Ikea cutting board

Materials: 1 $1.99 Ikea wood cutting board, 8 galvanized 1 1/2" Grabber screws, table saw, drill and countersink, drill/driver, wood putty, Workmate 400 workbench, carpenter's wood glue Description: I've been using our bread machine a lot recently, and wanted a miter box to help me cut thinner, more consistent slices.

How to Upsell Your Services as a Freelancer

Are you doing anything to develop your current clients into bigger clients?  Do you have a few small clients that you enjoy working with, but they aren’t giving you quite enough work to keep you busy?   You might think I spent a bit too long working under the golden arches, but I think it’s better, and easier, to develop the clients you like working with instead of finding new ones.

Unitasker Wednesday: Vegetable and Fruit Savers

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! There must be a large contingency of people in the world who loathe using basic square and round food storage containers because there are an insane amount of products dedicated to very specific food storage needs.

Mastering recurring responsibilities

In our home, there are responsibilities that have to be completed multiple times each week — and some, each day — to keep clutter from spinning out of control. Laundry and dishes are two of these responsibilities that apply to most homes.

Composed in delirious time

On Music & Schumann: "To put it rather bluntly, normal people do not compose."

The Unconventional Guide to Freelancing

An unconventional guide for those freelancers getting serious about building a sustainable business model.

The Rewards of Frugality and Thrift (or, Why We Scrimp and Save)

In which the Get Rich Slowly blog advises buying based on your goals and values, not out of habit.

Stop Chasing Success. Seek Significance.

Unlike financial success, significance doesn't ebb with the economy, or stop growing when you aren't working.