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By John Wesley

When Did You Experience the Truest Feeling of Joy You’ve Ever Known?

“To this day, the truest feeling of joy I have ever known is the door opening at a friend’s house to reveal my father — in his tweed overcoat– there to rescue me from a bad play date.” — Lena Dunham, Not That Kind of Girl This rang true for me, because I have to admit: Of my whole life, one of my most purely joyous memories is when a student came to our high sc

IKEA Knuff goes Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo

I decorated the KNUFF magazine holders with a jigsaw puzzle featuring Michelangelo’s famous fresco of the creation of Adam. 1. Assemble 10 KNUFF magazine holders (5 sets). 2. Put the jigsaw puzzle together. 3. Use wood glue to stick the jigsaw to the face of the KNUFF magazine holder. 4. As the KNUFF comes in two sizes, check that all edges are properly lined up. 5.

6 Ways to Find Joy in Everyday Life

For some reason we’ve eliminated joy from our lives only to become the overworked, tired, and grumpy version of ourselves that nobody (even we, ourselves) would enjoy being around. The feeling of “joy” has been reserved for once a lifetime moments such as love, marriages, babies, or unexpected surprises. However, joy can be deliberately found in everyday life.

How to remain a disorganized mess

It’s Monday. We’re in a good mood, and we don’t know why. Instead of a heavy post to bog you down at the start of the week, we wanted to do something fun. Think of the following as an instructional manual for how to be overwhelmed by your clutter.

The Game Is Rigged, So Learn to Play the Game

You probably learned in kindergarten that life isn’t fair. You can’t always get what you want—and sometimes you might not even get what you need. When something doesn’t work the way we want it to, we tend to dismiss the process as unfair, flawed, or even fraudulent. “That’s a scam,” you hear about any number of things. Getting into college, for example, is unfair and flawed.

Business Skills for Freelance Developers

I know lots of freelance developers: heck, I am one! And if there's one thing they have in common it's that they didn't realise how much time and energy they'd have to devote to themselves as a business when they started out.If you're going to be a successful freelancer you need to be able to manage your own career like any other business.

How to add a study area under the KURA loft bed

IKEA item used: Kura bed Our son will start the first class at school and we (me and my husband) decided we had to make room for a desk.

19 tips for building your own food bank

This is a guest post from former GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Grocery prices got you down? Fight back by building your own food bank, i.e., a pantry full of staples you bought at rock-bottom prices. This is not emergency food, mind you, to be saved for the next hurricane or other disaster. The point is to eat from this pantry all along, replenishing when prices are best.

6 Simple Pick Me Ups

Have you ever been here? "I must be at a critical point. I’m on the verge of throwing in the towel, but that’s just not an option." Everyone (at least, everyone who’s read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams) knows that to survive in this galaxy, you’ve got to know where your towel is. I’m keeping mine!

7 Actions To Undo For a Healthy Body

Right now, the chances that your legs are crossed and you are slouching over your chair are extremely high. Working at computers, sitting on our phones and even simply driving in the car, can be the onset of many terrible habits for our bodies that we should be aware of.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2012 Organizing (and practical) principles that help keep clutter at bayLooking for practical ways to keep your space organized? Follow these five organizing principles to conquer clutter. Money saving ideas that can create clutterYou can turn your clutter into cash.

A Quest to Write and Share 1,000 Poems Using a Manual Typewriter

Scott James is from Austin, Texas and is on a quest to write and share 1,000 poems before the end of 2015. You can see a few examples of this fun project below. This summer he brought his typewriter to WDS and wrote poems for us during the Portland Experience. Check out his Instagram to follow along on the poem quest.

77 year old influential literary critic reviews the IKEA 2016 Catalog

One of Germany’s most influential literary critics, Hellmuth Karasek says, “it is basically a scandal that the world’s most widely distributed book, with a print run of an astounding 220 million copies, has never been properly reviewed.” He then goes on to give a scathing review of the IKEA 2016 catalog as if it is a literary work.

Podcast #139: The Secrets of Shaving

The very first article I published on The Art of Manliness was How to Shave Like Your Grandpa, where I explained how to get started with safety razor shaving. Lots of guys learned about old-school shaving from that article, but there is another guy who has brought far more men into the fold of safety razor shaving — and all kinds of shaving for that matter — than that article.

5 Morning Rituals That Help Me Win The Day

“If you see distraction externally, you end up creating an internally distracted state.” – Tim Ferriss This episode of The Tim Ferriss Show is a bit of an experiment.