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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

How to Stop Black-and-White Thinking from Destroying Your Life

“Black” or “white”, “right” or “wrong”, “good” or “bad”, “smart” or “stupid”, “strong” or “weak”. Do you live your life in black and white terms? Is your mood in constant fluctuation, going from great to depressed in under one minute?

Five Tough Spring Cleaning Projects and How to Tackle Them

When the birds return and the grass starts turning green, we want to fling open windows and set to scrubbing the house down from top to bottom to match the fresh new season outside. Spring cleaning can be hard work, but it can be made easy, too! (Permanently) Foggy Glass Shower Doors No, it’s not the remnants of your steamy shower.

Seven Principles of Yard Sale Season

I enjoy going to yard sales. On our free spring and summer weekends, our family will burn part of the day going to these sales, looking for Have a plan. Rather than simply trusting that we’ll find sales by serendipity, we take some time to locate sales beforehand.

POKAL Spice Shot Glasses

Who doesn’t have some shot glasses lying around? But when the party is over and the hangover kicks in, they have pretty much lost their use. Until Now.

Rast Hack: Campaign Dresser DIY

Materials: RAST I love the look of the mission style dressers. Complete with recessed pulls and lovely brass hardware. Read how I turned my Rast into my own version here! Best part? Didn’t come with the $$$$ price tag!  

8 years of Get Rich Slowly

Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.’s non-financial writing can be found at More Than Money. Eight years ago today, I started a new blog. Inspired by the success of a popular post at my personal site, I sat down to create what I thought would be the first personal finance blog on the Internet.

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.