Featured Blog

Ikea Hacker

By Jules

5 Ways To Live Without Regret

Regret is something everyone experiences at one point or another. It would be impossible to go through life without experiencing any regret at all. But sometimes, we put ourselves in positions where regret is almost guaranteed. Where we could have avoided the regret, but for whatever reason, we chose not to. But the good news is that you don’t have to live that way.

Drawing the Line

I define “frugality” as meaning “cutting back on the things that aren’t as important to you so that you don’t have to compromise on the things that are important to you.” For example, I don’t particularly value anything about laundry soap except for whether or not it gets my clothes clean, so homemade laundry soap that costs $0.02 a load gets my vote.

Ribba Frames Hack

Materials: RIBBA I had so much fun customizing the boring white Ribba frame mats. Read all about how they turned out here!

On Making It Through Tough Journeys

By Leo Babauta A reader wrote to me about a very tough journey he and his wife are setting out upon, and asked for some words of advice or motivation though this tough time. Difficult times can be a test of our souls, and as such can be some of the most instructive times possible. It’s easy to be happy and motivated when things are going well.

Gorm turned into Doll bench

My daughter has so many dolls and loves to play with them. To make sure they all get the attention they deserve I have converted a standard Gorm into a double bench. It took me a few hours to get to this stage and she just loves it. How did he do it?

Your True Nature is Luminous

Light is the most efficient force in the universe. And it’s your very core. Your true nature is luminous. Through the chaos, through the darkness, the broken heartedness, we will always circle back to light. Your true nature is luminous.  This week is the Week of Luminosity over here.

Estate organization

No one likes to think about dying, but disorganization and lack of planning while you’re alive can lead to family disputes and large tax payments after you’ve passed away. The following are a few tips to help you get organized in case of an emergency. List what you own Create a home inventory listing everything you own.

Happy and Healthy Marriage – Your Wife Might be More Upset Than You Think

Marriage isn’t always easy. That’s a fact. Relationships take work. We all know that. What we may not know is how to do the work or when there’s nothing left to be done. There are things you can do to improve your union in an attempt to preserve it, as well as to have a happy and healthy marriage. Start with these suggestions. Be Self-Centered That’s right.

Make Ingolf bigger

Materials: INGOLF Lately we visited the Ikea here in the Netherlands Barendrecht and they were redecorating their restaurant. That meant a big plus for us as they were selling their used Ingolf stools for € 2,50 a piece in the as-is corner. That meant a no brainer and we decided to buy two. One for regular use and a second one to convert into a wider version so two kids could sit on them.

Reader Mailbag: Spring Rain

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. Car loan versus mortgage 2. Childhood identity theft 3. Shopping in Wal-Mart community 4. Tax refund questions 5. Change fonts to save money? 6. Phantom energy? 7. Are CDs worthwhile? 8.

Consider the Dominoes

It’s not that you’re too busy, or that you’re doing too much. You’re known for taking on challenges and doing the impossible. You know your metrics. You take pride in your deadlines. You’ve built your name on striving, and you don’t like to let people down. You rise with the dawn, fortified by coffee and Greek yogurt.

Bad closet turns to good craft space in Laundry room

Materials: ALRIK swivel chair, GRUNDTAL shelf, LANSA handles, LINNMON table top, RATIONEL glass shelves, SLATTHULT wall poppies This area was a hard to reach closet so I took down the wall and created a crafting area/ folding table. LINNMON table top was the main star, as it was cut down to accommodate the strange footprint of the room.

Foreclosure from the tenant’s perspective: Honey’s story

This article is by staff writer Honey Smith. In November, we thought we’d reached the last straw in terms of the condo we have been renting. We’d had numerous problems with our place and our landlord (namely, not fixing things when they broke — major or minor).

7 Things Happy People Do Eagerly All The Time

For the life of me, whenever I see happy people, I can't help but think that there's just something about them. They have this mysterious charisma that truly makes them exude that happiness. They have that X-factor. They are "that guy", that class clown back in high school who keeps cracking jokes and even smiles when he or she gets in trouble. And then I realized something.

Rethinking Allowance: Taking Off the Training Wheels

As I mentioned recently, Sarah and I have noticed how our children’s relationship with their allowance has changed over the years. When we first started giving them an allowance, we used a simple strategy where they split their money up among several items – investing, charity, saving for a goal, and free spending.