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By John Wesley

Managing Your Time as a New Freelancer

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” This series poses questions from readers. You’re invited to answer! You can also send in a question for a future post. Today’s question comes from Maria in Italy. Ciao, Maria! One year ago I lost my job, and instead of looking for another I decided to try working independently.

Organizing: valuable and inexpensive

Getting organized is valuable but it doesn’t have to be expensive. There are many ways to create customized organizing solutions with a small budget. I often look around the house to see what items can be re-purposed. We use chewing gum containers to keep office supplies organized. It is easy to see what is in them.

Kitchen island turned custom bar

Materials: Groland Kitchen Island, Hutton Wine rack I set out to make a custom bar for my apartment, and the Groland Kitchen Island proved the perfect starting point!

4 Baby Steps to Approach Minimalism As a Lifestyle Today

For anyone who is not acquainted with the trend, let me give you a quick overview. In recent years a crowd of authors and bloggers revived this very old philosophy, which is based on the principle of living more conscious with less possessions and distractions.

Questions on Windfalls, Identity Theft, Groceries, and Credit Cards

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. Credit cards and miles 2. Buy it for life: backpack 3. Lending Club? 4. Unexpected $5,000 windfall 5. Completed journals and identity theft 6. 2-for-$3 deals and other bargains 7.

How to Write Great Subject Lines for Your Marketing Emails

You've created an email list because you want to communicate with your customers. For that to happen, your subscribers must open your emails. Effective subject lines get your emails opened.

Practical hack for Praktaralia

Materials: Praktaralia table runners x 4 I needed two window valances for my 7-year-old son’s room which we were redecorating with several IKEA storage pieces. As I was rummaging through the “As Is” section, I found Praktaralia table runners marked down to $1.99 each.

Change is hard: Willpower versus habit

This post is by staff writer Honey Smith. Recently on GRS I’ve been exploring the concept of motivation. But what if you didn’t need to be motivated at all? What if you did what needed to be done automatically, without even thinking about it? You’ve probably heard a version of the saying before: We’re creatures of habit. But what are habits, exactly? How are they formed?

Is Life Stressing You Out? 4 Ways To Take Control

Stress is a part of life. Some stress is good, but too much stress can increase negative thoughts and feelings, create a sense of hopelessness, and overwhelm your mind. This can make it hard to deal with the many challenges life presents. How we work to solve our problems, from road rage to relationships woes, can be impacted by how we handle our stress and handle problems.

10 Life Lessons Learned From Kids

Twirling in her pink tutu, slightly tattered and always a little dirty, my niece opens her arms wide, calling for all of us to get up and dance with her. She wants to hold hands while we jump, spin and leap around the room. She shouts along to the music, reminding each of us that we should be joining in. “Papa sing!

Rast uplifted for hallway

Materials: RAST chest of drawers, EKBY LAIVA shelf, Byholma baskets I wanted to revamp my old Rast chest of drawers for probably the fourth time over past 7 years. Whenever I’m changing the hallway I’m doing something to that poor little wooden chest This time I thought Rast felt a bit too heavy for my hallway so I decided to took out one drawer and replaced with a shelf.

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse: London Heathrow Airport

I love airline lounges and regularly spend four or more hours at a time working from them. This series explores some of my favorites from around the world. Way back in 2007, one of my very favorite lounges was Virgin Atlantic’s “Clubhouse” at London Heathrow.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2013 Unitasker Wednesday: Mystery Unitasker! Instead of putting the product name in the headline and immediately telling you what this week’s item is used for, I thought it would be fun to have you guess.

A Manly Sunday Read: “In a Far Country” by Jack London

Editor’s note: This week I shared my daily work routines and practices, amongst which is a ritual I use to get my mind ready to write.

The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: July 19, 2014

Last week’s winner was…still to be determined. My Picks This Week The MLB henleys from Red Jacket are a stylish way to support your favorite team as we roll into the second half of the season.