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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

Where to start organizing your home

Many people are overwhelmed by the idea of organizing their homes. When there is so much to do, it can be difficult to know where to begin. If you’re in such a state, let me suggest four ways you can get started. Hopefully one of the methods will be a perfect match for you!

Personal Finance 101: What Exactly Does It Mean to Own a Stock?

Steve wrote in with a good question recently: What does it actually mean to own a stock? Do you own a piece of that company? Are you just gambling that you think a company’s value will go up or down? I guess I don’t really understand the stock market.

Can Saving Prepare Us for the Oncoming Recession?

“What will it take to make Americans save more?” wonders Michelle Singletary in her latest column at The Washington Post. Singletary points to a recent survey that reveals Americans know they’re not saving but they just don’t care enough to change.

ikea celebrates summer

it's summer over at ikea and it's looking bright and breezy. click here to check out their summer collection.since we're all in sunshine mode, thought i'll post some outdoor or garden hacks.container garden tablepia hacked an old lack table into storage for gardening equipment and place for her plants.she says, "it now hides our tumble drier and lots of gardening equipment.

Multi-tasking gadgets worth sharing

We have recently stumbled upon some fun multitaskers and thought you might enjoy them, too: An ironing board ladder. It’s an adjustable height ladder and an ironing board in one unit. It’s perfect for people in small spaces.

The Multitasking Virus and the End of Learning? Part 2

In this continuation from Part 1, Josh Waitzkin further explores the “multi-tasking virus” and learning. At the end of this post, he also responds to readers’ comments and elaborates on his own experience.

Freelance Radio, Episode 15: Secret Words

The fifteenth episode of Freelance Radio, the official FreelanceSwitch podcast, is now available!

Aunty Entity #13: Team Infighting

Dear Aunty, We’re halfway through a project and I think the Art Director is going to kill the Technical lead. We can’t get through a day without constant sniping, terse words or snippy emails cced to the whole office.

Tomorrow Boxes

If you were to take a peek inside of our closets or on the shelves in our garage, you’d find a lot of sealed boxes with a prominent date on the outside and a label of some sort. I call these boxes our “tomorrow boxes,” and they all serve a similar purpose - they’re storing something to be utilized or re-evaluated on a certain date.

What happiness books have been recommended to you -- or do you recommend?

I love getting suggestions for reading. I’ve found some of my favorite books on happiness through reader recommendations.

Reader Mailbag #12

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags.

Documentary defends the clutter lifestyle

Journalist, author, and filmmaker, Josh Freed, directed and starred in My Messy Life. The film documents his messy lifestyle and defends his “cult of clutter.” From the CTV article:

another way to hang your stolmen

here's another way to skin the stolmen. instead of using the little fixtures to hold the shelves, this idea from pavel of israel works out pretty well too.he used:3 laminated wood boards 1800 x 300 x 30 mm 2 stock stolmen posts and 6 end fixtures12 screws 30 х 4 mm 24 washers 3 x 15 mm 24 washers 1 x 15 mm

A Short Holiday

It’s Memorial Day in the United States, a national holiday to commemorate those who died in military service to our country. Many Americans also view Memorial Day as a sort of unofficial “beginning of summer”. It’s a time to enjoy the company of family and friends.