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By The FLS Team

Ask For Help – Buy the Book This Week.

One of my resolutions is to Ask for help. I don’t know why it’s so hard to follow this resolution, but it is – but I’m always surprised by how effective it is.

Use Twitter to keep track of new streaming movies from Netflix

Ever since we picked up a Blu-ray player that supports streaming high-definition movies from Netflix to our television, my wife and I have been watching a lot of films we missed in the theater since our baby arrived in August.

Want to Make Something by Hand? Sew Start, Already!

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Recently, J.D. wrote about the value in finding something that you enjoy making by hand. As I read his post, I couldn’t help but to think about my mom, who is hands-down one of the craftiest, most creative people I know.

Tax Tip: Save Time Filing Your Taxes

I’ve got a tax tip that won’t save you any money, but it will save you something far more valuable . . . time. The IRS says the average American spends 21.4 hours completing their 1040 tax return. It’s this “hidden” tax — the sacrifice of not your dollars but your other 8 hours — that you can reduce.

The Truth About Vision, Obstacles and Mastery

A few decades back, well known psychology professor and then head of the American Psychological Association, Martin Seligman, began to champion a novel approach to treating patients. Rather than focusing all of your energy on fixing what’s wrong with your life, he asked: What might happen if you focused instead on the sole quest to identify, then grow what was right? From this simple quest

Rebooting Your Life

Henry writes in (I edited a few minor details to help with privacy issues, because I think without edits it might be possible for people to easily figure out who Henry is): Six months ago, I lost my six figure job as a database administrator. A month after that, just before Christmas, my wife left me, taking the kids with her.

Do You Buy Green? Refrain from Nagging? Embody Virtue? Better Watch Yourself!

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.

Have a cocktail on an Ivar bar

When Steve sent me these photos of his Ikea bar hack, my first thoughts were, "Where's the Ikea?" On closer scrutiny, yes, it's there, hidden under layers of Home Depot panels. A few years ago, I moved into an apartment with built-in bookshelves, and didn't need my Ivar system shelves any more.

7 Life Lessons I Learned on Success, Happiness & Creativity

I recently looked back at the last two years of my life and contemplated the lessons I've learned. I wasn't bored, wasn't in search for myself, and I wasn't reeling after a defeat; I simply wanted to improve and reflect. I think this is important - to appreciate our wins, losses, new passions, insights, etc.

Ask Unclutterer: How long should I keep bills that have been digitally scanned?

Reader Volker submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I have all my papers (bills, documents etc.) digital, so its no physical clutter.

Family Dinner Night

One of my readers recently wrote to me, telling me about the “family dinner night” they host. Here’s how it works. Once a month, on a set day that everyone knows about (they do it on the second Friday of each month), they have a “family dinner night.” Once you’re invited to this event, you’re always invited.

Frictionless Work: How to Clear Your Life of Non-Essential Tasks

“It’s not the work which kills people, it’s the worry. It’s not the revolution that destroys machinery it’s the friction.” ~Henry Ward Beecher Post written by Leo Babauta.

Lessons from Hollywood: On Getting Projects Green-Lit & Spec Work

For over a year now I’ve been working with a well-known producer/writer/director as his Internet marketing manager on two movies; one in development and the other now in pre-production. It is an interesting experience that has taught me loads about what not to do as a freelancer as well as educated me about finances, the business of freelancing, and how Hollywood really works.

Nordby TV bench turned into towel rack

I've definitely never thought of using the Nordby TV bench as a towel holder. But Susanne sure did. She says, "It did not involve much 'hacking': just turned upside down and hung with two solid brackets on the wall." If you read German, she writes about her TV unit turned towel holder here. Click here for a google translation to English.

Workspace of the Week: Efficient laundry area

This week’s Workspace of the Week is KLDesignBuild’s laundry area: This could very well be the perfect laundry area.