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By Leo Babauta

How’s Your Follow-Through?

You’ve undoubtedly heard the old adage that it takes ten times as much effort to convince a stranger to buy as it takes to convince a devoted customer of yours to do the same.

Asker hanging liquor bar

Here's one from a contributor who rather not be credited. He says, "I used Ikeahacker for ideas a lot when I moved, and thought I ought to at least contribute what I came up with." Thank you! :) Constrained for space and renting (so not wanting to make big holes in the wall) I decided to hang everything I could in the kitchen.

Roth IRA Conversions Made Easy

This is a guest post from Steve Juetten, a fee-only certified financial planner in Bellevue, Washington, and long-time Get Rich Slowly reader. He has written a book for consumers on the topic of 2010 Roth IRA conversions.

At the intersection of environmentalism and KY Jelly

I know. You were not expecting to see a picture of KY Jelly on my blog. Me either! But the thing is, I have this eco-celeb friend named Stephanie Soechtig. She made the excellent film called Tapped, about bottled water.

Truth and Secrets in Memoir Writing

When you’re nine years old, Aunt Jessie presses her powdered face to yours and whispers, “Now don’t you ever tell anyone what you saw. Your mother would just die.” This is a scary thing to a child—to be entrusted with a secret that has so much power if could kill someone. Aunt Jessie probably didn’t mean to scare you like that, but words have power.

The Menaissance: The Death of the Metrosexual and the Rise of the Retrosexual

ShareBack in February I gave an Ignite Talk in Tulsa called “The Menaissance: The Death of the Metrosexual and the Rise of the Retrosexual.” If you’re not familiar with Ignite Talks, here’s the jist of the concept from the Ignite Tulsa website: A dozen or so speakers present on a variety of topics, but they only get 5 minutes and 20 slides.

Need Some Manliness? There’s an App for That: The AoM iPhone App

For the past few months, we’ve been getting requests for an Art of Manliness iPhone app.

13 small things to simplify your workday

“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” ~Lao Tzu Post written by Leo Babauta.

Oh My Goodness! I Forgot My Blog Anniversary -- #4!

It's funny -- all day long, two days ago, I kept having the feeling that the date was significant for some reason, but I couldn't remember why. Well, I knew March 27th was my parents' wedding anniversary, and also my in-laws' wedding anniversary (strange coincidence, right?), but it felt like there was something else special about the day, too. I just figured it out!

You’ll Never Get Ahead With Resentment, Jealousy, and Hate Inside You

When I was younger, I used to have a great deal of resentment towards rich people. I often felt like they were greedy. I believed that they had somehow “cheated” to get where they were at. Yet, at the same time, I desperately wanted what they had, too. Today, I no longer feel that way.

How to Self-Diagnose Your Financial Health

The New York Times Your Money section features consistently great advice from Ron Lieber and his team.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: Best Stuff NOT to Buy in Bulk

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we tell you the best stuff not to buy in bulk, how to make a stellar breakfast pizza, and how health reform will affect you in 2010. Top 5 Articles Best Stuff NOT to Buy in Bulk — Beware the allure of savings when dealing with this list of products. You may not be getting your money’s worth!

Passwords – Different For Each Account

Did you know that a single two-second distraction can cost you 15 minutes of your day? When your concentration is interrupted, it takes up to 15 minutes to get your focus back. Our ambient sounds help reduce the amount of noise distractions in your workplace.

Have You Ever Been Upset by a Well-Intentioned Gift? Acted Ungratefully?

One of my resolutions is to Imitate a spiritual master, and my spiritual master is St. Therese of Lisieux. St. Therese left behind only one extended record of her views about her “Little Way,” in her spiritual memoir, The Story of a Soul.

Unclutterer giving away four Fujitsu ScanSnaps in April

I cannot tell you how excited I am to share this news with you. In April, thanks to the amazing generosity of the Fujitsu company, Unclutterer will be giving away FOUR ScanSnap S1300 scanners to our readers. April 22 this year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and we wanted to do something big to commemorate the event.