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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

Video: To Stick to Your Resolutions, Set Concrete Goals.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This is the first week of the Challenge.

Pimp my Poang

Materials: Poang, fabric, walnut finish Description: I had an IKEA Poang chair that I hated.  Normally the Poang doesn't bother me, but this one originally had a red glossy wood finish with a dark green seat.  yuck!  I wish I had taken photos of it before changing it because it was absolutely hideous and I can't find this combination in google images.

Dinner with My Family #1: Vegetable Barley Soup

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys.

Join the 2011 Happiness Challenge! With Videos.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.

Children's table turned into stage

Materials: LÄTT children's table and chairs Description: This isn't mine ... but I thought it was pretty inspired. See more of the children's table stage. ~ Kat

If Your Legacy Was Based Only On Today…

Over the last few weeks, I’ve begun to build a morning meditation practice.

Grundtal pot rack

Materials: Grundtal Description: My husband and I attended a cooking class where we saw a single-bar ceiling-mount pot rack that we thought was just perfect for a small kitchen like ours. The pots and pans nest into one another saving a lot of space. But these racks are ridiculously expensive.

Ask Unclutterer: Tips for moving in together

Reader Caroline submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: Erin, you addressed this a little bit in your 2008 post about mismatched couples, but I wonder if you could do a post about preparing to combine households. My fiance and have decided on a very short engagement … But I’m also nervous that I’ll move my clutter into our shared home, which will make him feel burdened.

Back painted glass backsplash

Materials: Effektiv, Inreda Description: Our kitchen does not have a full splash and no matter how careful I am, I have spilled stuff all over the walls. I used to put a piece of cardboard paper around the stove everytime I cooked to protect the most affected area. We like the look of the trendy back painted glass backsplash but it is too expensive to have it custom made.

The Post-Christmas Challenge

This year for Christmas, most of the items my wife and I received were small and/or served some specific utility in our lives. I received some grape juice with which to make homemade wine (pinot noir), a replacement for our small saucepan, and some books (among other things). My wife received similar small items. Our kids? Not so much. Here’s the challenge with our children.

Creating an Agency: Getting Freelancers to Work with You

Hi. I’m Shane. I tweet about my misadventures running (with some pretty smart people) a 100% freelance driven agency at @justlikeair. Working with freelancers offers an interesting conundrum. In a polygamous environment, a genuinely free market, how do you build loyalty? Why would a great freelancer choose my urgent project over someone else’s?

Workspace of the Week: Small living, organized office

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Callum Chapman’s bedroom/office/living space: Living with a roommate or in a dorm or at home with your parents can be difficult for an unclutterer because your bedroom functions pretty much like a studio apartment. Therefore, when someone manages to pull off the arrangement in an extremely organized way, I am quick to give praise.

Old Habits for a New Year

When I was younger, I didn’t track my spending. I kept a checkbook register, but that was out of necessity; I constantly flirted with a zero balance, and I had to know precisely how much was left in the bank so I wouldn’t overdraw my account.

How to Become a Different Person

“Have you seen Joe lately? It’s like he’s a different person.” What do we mean when we say that?

The Book Deadline Cometh

Hey everyone. As many of you know, Kate and I are working on the manuscript for our second book, tentatively titled Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues. We’ve got a January 17th deadline and we’re working overtime to ensure that it’s as awesome as possible. We’re so excited about this book.