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By The Unclutterer Team

IKEA EXPEDIT’s bold new look with plywood trim

Here I show you my new version of the famous Expedit. What you need: 1. Expedit or Kallax (in my case the big 8 unit one) 2. 2 packages (4 pieces) EKBY BJÄRNUM (legs) 3. Liquid nails 4. Plywood (10mm) 5. Teak wood paint 6. screw clamps and other normal tools (screwdriver) 7. personal doorknobs (if you want) And this is how you do it: 1. Cut and paint the plywood and let dry 2.

Podcast #123: StrongFirst & Kettlebell Training With Eric Frohardt

If you’ve been reading the site for awhile, you’re likely familiar with Eric Frohardt. He’s the former U.S. Navy SEAL who taught us how to pull an all-nighter like a special forces operator, as well as the ins and outs of the tactical order of dressing.

“There’s Nothing You Could Have Done … But What If There Was?”

Last week I wrote about the unexpected loss of my brother, Ken. I mentioned that when terrible things happen, people tend to say, “It will all be okay,” but unfortunately this isn’t always true. What’s okay about a premature death? There’s no way to bring back a loved one, and that’s just not okay.

Eliminating single points of failure

Many years ago, I worked as the IT director for a school here in Massachusetts. It was a multi-faceted job that included maintaining a file server, a backup server, well over 100 machines and, finally, a help desk for about 125 people.

A Freelancer's Guide to Dealing With Illness

No matter how well you take care of yourself, illness is inevitable. At some stage, you’ll have to take a day or two off to recover from a cold, and if you’re unlucky you might have to deal with a serious, long-term illness. Are you prepared?For salaried employees, it’s easy.

7 Great Foods to Boost Your Brain Power

Our addiction to work and the internet is slowly wearing us down, and with that it’s dragging down our ability to think clearly and creatively. Luckily there is the help at hand, and thankfully it comes in the form of food. Here are seven great foods that can get your brain back on track. 1.

Dilapidated child’s easel becomes chalkboard wedding sign

I wanted to make a sign for my wedding to tell guests where to sit, but didn’t have a concrete plan. Then one day I found a dilapidated child’s easel in someone else’s trash (which turned out to be the MÅLA easel by IKEA).

Summer splurges you might regret

This article is by staff writer Holly Johnson. Everyone loves a guilty pleasure every now and again – so long as it’s something harmless like belting out your favorite Country Western song on your way to the grocery store. But when it comes to these summer indulgences, you may end up singing the budget blues.

How to See Today In New Light

I was constantly requesting change but viewing everything with the same lens and mindset that had created what I didn’t want in the first place. I was blind to the changes that had occurred and were constantly occurring, caught in a battle between the reality I perceived and the reality that actually existed. Often times this is how we handle our relationships — we spend an exorbitant am

12 Quotes on Goal-Setting to Inspire You to Set BIG Goals and Reach Them!

If you want something…..you can’t just hope and wish for it. Being hopeful and wishing for great things is a positive attribute, but it can only get you so far. If you want to truly reach big objectives in your life, you have to work for it.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2014 Unclutterer updatesThis week has been incredibly exciting in our Unclutterer world and I’m eager to share the details: a new book is in the works and Erin is featured in the August issue of Real Simple Magazine. 2013 What to pack for an organized trip to Walt Disney WorldThese packing recommendations will help you make the most of your trip to Orlando. 2012 Study: Physical possessi

7 Reasons You Are Enough

You have struggled You are amazing because you have conquered something hard, whether it be school, a career, a life changing event, you’ve lost someone you love or anything else that has tried to break you down.  You have struggled so you are good enough. You have loved You have given a part of your heart either to a family member, friend, significant other or an activity.

The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: July 18, 2015

The winner of our last Huckberry giveaway a few weeks ago was Patrick F. from Savoy, IL. He chose a nice button-up shirt from Freenote Cloth. My Picks This Week It’s hard for men to find the right masculine decorations for their dens and studies.

Limited Time: New 80,000 Points Signup Bonus for Marriott Card

Link: 80,000 Points for Marriott Card While I was on blog hiatus and then hosting WDS, a big new offer landed that I haven’t had a chance to write about. Fortunately, there’s still time! Marriott isn’t my favorite hotel program (that would be Starwood and Hyatt), but this new offer is worth a look for the free nights you’ll earn right away.

One Crucial Relationship Building Skill You Weren’t Taught in School

"We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak." - First Nations Wisdom When given the opportunity, and a captive audience, many of us like to talk about ourselves. But there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s pretty normal.