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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

Gulliver travels to the laundry room

Materials: GULLIVER crib We needed a laundry rack without a foot print because our attic is small and our laundry was growing with one kid and one underway. Racks suspended from bannisters are very common here but as a kid I always hated having to walk the stairs with wet laundry touching my face.

100 Books in 100 Months: Eugene Yiga’s Literary Quest

This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself.) Eugene Yiga fell in love with the written word – and took that love to quest-level when he decided to read the 100 Greatest Books of All Time, in the 100 months leading up to his 30th birthday.

Hackers Help: Need carpet castors for Malkolm office chair

I recently bought 2 Malkolm office chairs.  The castors that come with it are not for carpet.  The box said I could get “Punkt” carpet castors, but now IKEA says they are no longer available.  Has anyone found a substitute?  My sweet husband made hardwood floor mats that work well, but I’d still like the carpet castors.  Thank you in advance. Signed, MissingIKEA

Organizing for disasters

Are you prepared for a disaster: an earthquake, flood, hurricane, blizzard, fire? On Unclutterer, we’ve written about emergency supplies and about preparing your tech for a weather emergency.

DRAGAN toilet roll holder

We love bamboo and were looking for a toilet roll holder in bamboo, but could not find one. IKEA has Dragan which is a set of two bamboo boxes with lids.

Some Thoughts on Following Passion

A few weeks ago, Mike Rowe (perhaps best known as the host of the Discovery Channel television series Dirty Jobs) posted an interesting essay on the subject of following your passion.

Find Your Happiness, Find Your Success

1 in 10 businesses will succeed. One. In. Ten. That’s a huge failure rate when it comes to starting a business. The odds are already stacked against you. If you want to improve your chances of success at anything you do, you have one choice to make that will create a foundation on which all your successes can be built. That choice is happiness.

The Abandoned Airport in Congo that Became a Playground

I spend a lot of time in nice airports—and plenty of not-so-nice ones, too. But seeing these photos from war photographer Michael Christopher Brown made me reflect on my days as an aid worker in West Africa. While flying around the region, I saw plenty of abandoned planes on derelict runways. The airlines changed names and ownership in shady deals every couple of years.

17 Strategies to Survive Working From Home With Children

Younger kids can be a handful when you’re trying to get things done. Photo: Rob Briscoe If you’ve ever thought working from home with small children beats driving to the office each day, you may be sadly mistaken. My children are definitely the apple of my eye, but they can be a handful anytime I sit down to complete an important task.

To What Do You Attribute Your Success — Hard Work or Good Fortune?

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. Every now and then, I get an email from a fellow writer who’s just starting out and wondering where to begin. “How did you do it?” they ask. “How did you make freelance writing your career?” It’s flattering, but what do I say?

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Everyday

Life is fleeting. Moments are there for an instant and then they are gone. Do you enjoy these moments or do you merely use them as a means to an end? Are these moments springboards to reach the next checkpoint, or are you relishing each one? It is very easy to allow the busyness of everyday to impede your enjoyment of each moment and each day. Your job keeps you busy.

How to Create Habits That Stick (+Pavlok Giveaway)

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Maneesh Sethi. Getting a call from the Travel Channel was the best thing that ever happened for my diet. And I didn’t even need to starve myself on some new wilderness reality show. In 2011, a production company and the Travel Channel decided to produce a travel show — with myself as the host.

Best Life Insurance Companies for 2014

Life insurance can ease your loved ones’ financial worries if you die unexpectedly, but it’s just as essential for your own peace of mind.

Anything goes Q&A with me. A spreecast THURSDAY October 23 at 11am PT / 2pm ET. Because it’s time we got together.

Kindness. Flexibility. Soul. This is what Team D puts into each and every launch. It’s all coming together. We launched an amazing new app that has people talking (ya—literally), we just opened pre-orders for Desire Map Licensing to all subscribers, and more’s on the way.

Here’s My Habits Manifesto. What’s Yours?

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: My Habits Manifesto. Writing a personal manifesto is a great exercise for clarifying your thinking — and it’s also a creative, absorbing process.