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By Jay White

HJÄLMAREN standing compact computer work station

Materials: HJÄLMAREN bathroom wall shelf, BLECKA hooks, old IKEA towel rail We needed a stand-up computer work station in our medical clinic. I repurposed the HJÄLMAREN bathroom shelves by moving the shelves around and reversing one shelf to accommodate the keyboard. We were able to place the screen on a shelf held in place by sawing BLECKA hooks and screwing them end-on to the screen shelf.

4 Keys To Self-empowerment by Living the Examined Life

Our world is rapidly changing and often presents obstacles and events that other generations have not experienced nor learned to cope with. Clearly life in the twenty-first century has vastly changed from the kind of environment that most of us grew up to accept as normal.

Organizing in a shared living space

Unclutterer reader Mary recently wrote to us describing her biggest organizing challenge: My husband insists on keeping various things by his recliner, on a small table, in the living room.

IKEA Hemma with LEGO lampshade

I’ve made a LEGO lamp shade for my Ikea HEMMA triple pendant cord set … A LEGO light for the boys. Materials: HEMMA triple pendant cord set Steps: 1. Get 3 tin cans of the right size and cut a hole to fit the cord set at the base. 2. Paint the cans with the colour of your choice. 3. Glue on the LEGO bricks and position LEGO minifigures where you want them to be. 4.

Writing 150 Musical Compositions Before Turning 50: Stephen P. Brown’s Quest

This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself.) Rejection didn’t dampen Stephen P. Brown’s inner fire. Instead, being turned down from achieving something he wanted flamed his desire to grow and change. Here’s his quest. Introduce yourself.

12 ways to celebrate Memorial Day this weekend

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. (From time to time, we look into the subject of frugal travel and vacation ideas. Holly Johnson’s post on How to save money on family vacations is one example. This year, we thought it would be fun to find some frugal and interesting ways to celebrate Memorial Day around the country.

5 Easy Ways To Empty Your Mind Before Bed

Do you lie awake at bedtime with thoughts running rampant in your mind? If you’re busy or stressed, then your mind is likely to be on overdrive much of the time.

A Man’s Pockets

Last month we did an article about your great-grandpa’s daypacks — the small bags that soldiers and outdoorsmen of yore used to carry essential supplies for fighting, hunting, and exploring.

How Type-A Personalities Can Survive and Thrive in Relationships

Dr. Astro Teller is a computer scientist and entrepreneur who currently oversees Google[x], Google’s moonshot factory. Dr.

Podcast 14: Stop Reading a Book, a Know-Yourself-Better Quiz, and the Trap of Free Stuff.

Time for the next episode of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ Always game to talk about her clutter issues, Elizabeth reports on the status of her closet, in the aftermath of our special clutter-clearing in episode 10. For better and after closet photos, look here.

Quadra-pod stove

Materials: Ikea curtain pole (brackets) I cut 4 of the curtain pole brackets down to compensate for them being stacked and drilled holes to make the unit lighter.

5 Ways to Fight Negative Thoughts

Are you tired of that little voice inside your head that won’t give you a break? Who wouldn’t be? It’s like a crazy little monkey that never sleeps. Unfortunately, our brains are hardwired for negative thinking. That makes sense if you think about it.

Hackers Help: How to connect two Kallax shelves?

Hi there, I came across this on Pinterest, but cannot find the link to the original article. I would love to connect two Kallax shelving units as they did in the above photo. Does anyone have any thoughts on how it was done? Many thanks for you help! Vince The post Hackers Help: How to connect two Kallax shelves? appeared first on IKEA Hackers.

Unitasker Wednesday: Baby Care Washer

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Reader Wendy sent in this week’s untiasker selection to us and I have to admit that I thought her email was a joke, like the product was something The Onion would make into a decoy gift box. My thought process went like this: 1.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2014 Collections: If you’re going to have one, organize and protect it 2012 Ask Unclutterer: Designing a new space that prevents clutter and reduces cleaning timeReader Howard asks: “Do you have any tips for remodeling or building a house that would help prevent clutter or reduce cleaning maintenance in the design of the space?” 2010 The never-ending search for the perfect h