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By Trent Hamm

IKEA STUVA bench: 1 item, 3 ways!

Lately I’ve been eyeing the IKEA STUVA range a fair bit. I have a spot in my bathroom which seems perfect for the STUVA bench. I want it as a bench but with an overhead rail for towels. So I am brewing a hack … Photo: IKEA.com Originally, the STUVA range was made for kids … but trust us hackers to not leave a good thing alone.

Automatic VARIERA kitchen trash bin for METOD drawer

Materials: - METOD cabinet with a high drawer - VARIERA waste sorting bin with lid - piano hinge , screws, elastic cord (not very expensive) How to: Kitchen trash bid with automatic lid opening (without touching the bin). - Fix the lid on the bin with piano hinge and screws, it must open at 90 degrees. - Drill a hole on the lid on the opposite side and put the elastic cord in it and make a knot

6 Most Commonly Outsourced Tasks and Why They Work

Outsourcing work to online assistants has been around a long time, but only recently, with the application of new technologies and user experiences, has the concept of personal outsourcing started to catch on with a wider audience.

Maria Popova on Being Interesting, Creating More Time in a Day, And How to Start A Successful Blog

“Life is a continual process of arrival into who we are.” – Maria Popova Maria Popova (@brainpicker) has written for amazing outlets like The Atlantic and The New York Times, but I find her most amazing project to be BrainPickings.org. Founded in 2006 as a weekly email to seven friends, BrainPickings now gets more than 5 million readers per month (!).

Do you practice retiring?

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. I know quite a few people who are approaching retirement right now. And from talking to them, one thing is clear to me: There’s a lot of apprehension about making this transition. The pressure to make the right decisions doesn’t stop just because you’re nearing retirement. In fact, from what I can tell, it seems to intensify.

4 Tips on How to Avoid A Boring Life

Why are some people so positive, full of energy and joyful in their life? Do you remember the times when you were bored and thought that your life had lead nowhere? And compare them with the times when you were in the “flow”(you've lost track of time), productive, you felt loved, appreciated, happy and fulfilled.

The Unexpected Upside of a Lean Season

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at marcusbrotherton.com. It’s fair to say that many people go through at least one season of financial difficulty sometime in their lives. It’s often part of the ladder-climbing experience when just starting out.

Podcast #124: Self-Discipline & Personal Effectiveness With Rory Vaden

A few months ago I was talking to AoM food man Matt Moore when he brought up his friend Rory Vaden. Rory founded a multi-national coaching and consulting company that helps organizations and individuals improve their sales performance. He’s published two New York Times best selling books on self-discipline and time management, and he’s a sought after speaker.

TARVA restyle

Sarah gave her plain TARVA a restyle. To add the skirting, she first glued wooden slats onto the feet of the TARVA to increase its thickness and create a flush profile. For the skirting, she used baseboards, cut angular at 45° so that the corners meet.

How To Stop Thinking “What If” And Start Living Your Dream

When I was a kid, I was a child full of dreams. I dreamed of silly things like I wanted to be a Martian lawyer. I was so innocent that I was never aware how silly it was and just like other kids, I am careless and impulsive. I wanted to live my dream and so as a child I seek of every way possible.

Procrastination can be a form of intuition. #Truthbomb elaborations

photo credit: @yogamona_ …and by that I mean: Even type-A personalities and wildly productive grown-ups put things off. But what we might critique as procrastination can be a misdiagnosis for instinct. One of the effects of living in a hyper-productive society is that intuitive resistance can get labeled as procrastination.

You don’t need to finish everything you begin

There’s abundant advice, here on Unclutterer and elsewhere, on overcoming procrastination so incomplete work gets finished.

Built-in EXPEDIT entertainment center

We recently purchased a home and were looking to add some built-in features. After being inspired by a few post on IKEAhackers and realizing that I had two perfectly good EXPEDIT bookcases available, I decided to attempt the project on my own. I consider myself a fairly novice DIYer but learned a great deal along the way.

7 Common Money Mistakes to Avoid (And their easy Solution)

Have you ever thought about your money leakage? You work hard to get the precious paycheck. At the end of the month, you scratch your head in confusion. You are not able to diagnose the money outflow. Your self-confidence shatters in front of your eyes. There is no progress in your life. You start cursing your fate because you are not able to meet the demands of your family members.

Alternatives to the multi-generational survival tool

This is a guest post from former GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. A whole lotta folks are way too comfortable with credit card debt, according to the “Generations Apart” study from Allianz Life. Nearly half of the Generation Xers and Baby Boomers surveyed consider plastic to be “a financial survival tool.” Guys, guys, guys: The credit card is not a superhero.