Materials: Capita legs, drawer fronts (name unknown)
Found a load of drawer fronts at IKEA over the weekend for 50 cents each and thought they’d make excellent shelves for my CDs without me having to buy and saw wood to fit.
From time-to-time, I’ll think about this post I read on Apartment Therapy back in 2010. For whatever reason, the post stuck with me. The advice in the post espouses The Rule of One, which breaks down like this:
Keep the things you own (especially technology) down to only one.
I like the idea, but am still trying to figure out if I can apply it to everything in my life.
In an extract from her just-published book, Inspiration Meditation, (part of the Go Creative! series) Orna Ross, bestselling novelist and poet and Director of The Alliance of Independent Authors, answers some of the first questions asked by beginners to meditation, allowing you to establish good meditative practice from the start.Read more »
What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question.
1. Starting a business
2. Spreading hobby costs socially
3. General life insurance question
4. Making major financial decisions
5. St. Patrick’s Day frugality
6. Buy it for life?
Materials: DILLKOT pressure cooker
I’ve turned the pressure cooker into a alcohol distillery. Unfortunately the pressure cooker isn’t available any more. The product get’s stored in the Korken bottles from Ikea
Now the setup.
Before I build something I like to draw it out. This is the construction manual. As you can see the centerpiece is the Ikea pressure cooker.
Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.’s non-financial writing can be found at More Than Money, where he recently wrote about how to retire early. The first step on the road to financial freedom is to eliminate debt. The second is to save for emergencies. Your emergency fund acts as self-insurance, cushioning you from small disasters.
This is a very personal post that I will be sharing with you. If you grew up in a very dysfunctional and violent household or extended family like I did or had a emotionally dysfunctional relationship you will be able to relate to every single word.
“A college education unfits rather than fits men to affairs.” –Andrew Carnegie, 1901
Over one hundred years ago, one of the richest and most successful men in America, Andrew Carnegie, thought that college was not only unnecessary, but actually detrimental for the average young man. At that point in our country’s history, only 4% of young people attended college.
Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day.
This Wednesday: My five favorite books about writing.
It’s not easy to write a book about writing that’s also a pleasure to read. Here are my favorites:
1. William Zinsser, On Writing Well. I’ve read this book several times, and I’m due for another re-reading soon.
This post is about the third book in the Tim Ferriss Book Club, which is limited to books that have dramatically impacted my life. The first selection was Vagabonding by Rolf Potts. The second was Daily Rituals by Mason Currey. The third is The Art of Learning by Josh Waitkzin.
Whether navigating the woods in a survival situation or hunting for treasure deep in the tunnels of an ancient temple, knowing how to make a torch with just a few common supplies is a valuable skill. Need fire and don’t have matches on hand? Read up on how to start a fire.
Illustration by Ted Slampyak
A long while ago, I wrote about the idea of good debt and bad debt:
There are several fairly similar definitions of each kind of debt, but generally they either revolve around the terms of the debt (low interest rate debts – usually below 7% or so – would be “good debt”) or the purpose of the debt.
Materials: BESTA, INREDA
I started by assembling 2 Besta floor cabinets and attached them together. I installed handles and door catches. Next I built a base to raise them off the ground and mounted the cabinets.