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By Jonathan Fields

Tell Us What You Think & Win Prizes: Tuts+ Annual Survey 2014

It’s back! The Tuts+ annual survey for 2014 is here and we want to know what you think. In having your say you could also win from a fantastic prize pool worth a total of more than $20,000! Plus there’s a special offer from Shopify and New Relic for everyone that completes the survey.This is your opportunity to tell us what you like, dislike and love about Tuts+.

Some Surprising Observations About How to Fight Clutter.

One of the things about happiness that continually surprises me is the degree to which, for most people, outer order contributes to inner calm, and inner self-command. In the context of a happy life, a crowded coat closet or an overflowing in-box is trivial, and yet such things weigh us down more than they should. That’s why I follow habits like making my bed and the one-minute rule, and why

Cost-Cutting Tips for Thanksgiving Dinner

Keep things simple but delicious and you’ll host an affordable, memorable Thanksgiving feast. Photo: vxla You may have recently mastered the art of budget-conscious grocery shopping, but preparing for Thanksgiving dinner is a whole other ballgame.

Don’t Forget to Register for Free Money Next Saturday

Link: Register for $30 AmEx Credits If you’re in the U.S., don’t forget to register for free money “Small Business Saturday.” A few years ago, American Express created a new fake holiday to honor small business owners.

Writer as Coder: The Iterative Way to Write a Book

By Leo Babauta The traditional way of writing a book is like the old Microsoft model of developing software: you write it in isolation for a year or two, and then put it out as a fully-formed product. The problem with that method is that it’s never been tested in the real world.

Best Debt Consolidation Loans for 2014

When you’ve fallen behind on your payments, it can feel like there’s nowhere to turn. One potential option to get organized and streamline your bills is debt consolidation. Debt consolidation lets you roll several debts into one loan with a lower interest rate and longer payment term.

White and black crochet chairs

Materials: Roger chair and Lenda white fabric We have updated some old Roger chairs from ikea. We changed the fabric. We choosed Lenda white fabric from Ikea. We painted the chairs in white colour. We gave them a simple, modern twist with thick black crochet.

Notes from Traveling Millennials: On the Road with Bud and Eva Simpson

This is a travel hacking case study. (Read others or nominate yourself.) When you’re young, it feels easy to appease your inner wanderlust by saying, “I’ll travel later in life.” Twenty-somethings Bud and Eva Simpson decided they didn’t want to live this way—and have spent the last year helping young adults learn to travel smart. Tell us about yourselves.

Dokument paper holder gets high-rise hack

Thirty years ago technology pundits pontificated about the imminent development of the “paperless office”, but it sure hasn’t arrived at my house yet.   So I always need something that can organize and store the paper documents that still seem to accumulate on my desk like utility bills, parking summons, IKEA receipts, etc.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2013 2013 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Utilitarian unitaskers as gifts Here at Unclutterer, we make weekly jokes about unitaskers — items with only one purpose and very little utility tied to that purpose. However, there are useful unitaskers, single-purpose items with high utility, that can make great gifts for the right people.

The Parable of the Whopper: The Big Impact of a Little Treat

When I was a college student, I lived for about a year with a few other people in a shared apartment.

4 Benefits of Mind Dumping to Help You Sleep

In today’s world, there’s so much constantly going on. We’re constantly multitasking away, getting a million different things done in a minimal amount of time. This has created such a fast paced society that more and more people are being diagnosed with anxiety disorders. More anxiety means less sleep. Less sleep means the worse off you will be in the morning and day ahead.

BORGSJO with Barn Doors

Hello – this is my first (intentional) IKEA-hack! My husband and I just moved to Cape Cod and I wanted to make our furniture more Cape Cod looking. Your website inspired me to get crafty! I took my old Ikea BISSA shoe cabinet and some Pine Craft Board ($1.73 from Lowes) Loctite Power Grab glue ($4.59) Blue Chalk Paint and a Brown wax. I just looked up videos on YouTube on how to use it.

What Happens When Insurance Companies Go Bust?

Are you protected if your insurance company shuts its doors? Photo: Matthew Hurst What do you do when you’ve entrusted a company to insure your most valuable possessions — your car, your home, your life — and that company goes belly-up just when you need them most? Of course, no one expects the company holding their policy to go bankrupt.

How the new healthcare law changes maternity care

This article is by staff writer Holly Johnson. My husband and I got married in December of 2005 and spent the first few years of our marriage enjoying each other without the responsibility of children. Then, after a few years, I found myself longing for a child of our own. Unfortunately, a giant roadblock stood in our way — our health insurance plan did not cover maternity.