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Zen Habits

By Leo Babauta

Lighting up sideways

I used the CD BENNO shelf, 2 pieces of aluminium profile, acrylic in three colours and a lamp inside, very easy. ~ Jana

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Advice from Sebastian Junger on achieving a remarkable life The September issue of Outside magazine has an inspiring interview with author-documentarian-bar-owner Sebastian Junger that speaks directly to an uncluttered pursuit of a remarkable life. 2009 Letting go of sentimental clutter Eight tips from The Arizona Republic newspaper to help you decide what of your emotional clutter needs t

Figuring Out What’s Essential

One of my core principles of personal finance is that you should cut back in the areas that you don’t find very important so that you can preserve spending in areas that are important. That’s a great philosophy to have when you’re on the road to financial recovery or when things are going well, but it doesn’t help too much when you’re actually facing a scary pile of b

Dealing with baggage: Suitcase cabinets

Materials: BRUSALI chest The cabinet frame is the original Ikea BRUSALI chest. We took a lot of old suitcases and screwed them on plywood panels. Then we used something like this roller.  So we can use the suitcases like a drawer. We reused the original handle from BRUSALI for some of the suitcases. ~ Gerda

Agree, Disagree? September Is the Other January.

Even though I haven’t been in school for a long time, for me, September  marks the beginning of a new year.  Orange is the new black, breakfast is the new lunch, Monday is the new Thursday, pork is the other white meat, and September is the other January.

Looking out for your finances as a renter

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. Landlords and property owners have their fair share of problems: They have to manage, accommodate, repair, etc., their property. It’s a lot of responsibility, and with great responsibility comes great headache. But it ain’t all roses for renters, either.

3 Steps to Releasing Your Negative Emotions

In the day to day hustle and bustle of modern society, it's not hard to get caught up in all the negative experiences we come across. Maybe it's your friend who said something unkind to you. Your boss who doesn't appreciate you. That frustration you feel with whatever your current position is. At times like these, it's easy to let the anger, frustration, and negativity run its course.

Love Is All You Need: Insights from the Longest Longitudinal Study on Men Ever Conducted

Why do two men from very similar socioeconomic and educational backgrounds sometimes take very different life paths? Is nature or nurture more important in determining a man’s success in his relationships and career? What physiological and psychological traits present in a man’s younger years predict his chances of living a long, flourishing life? In 1938, researchers at Harvard’s medical s

7 Discipline-Mastering Practices

By Leo Babauta A craftsman masters his trade by repeated practice, with care and continual learning, with devotion to the purpose. It takes the same kinds of things to master the craft of discipline: Repeated practice Single-minded devotion to the purpose Continual learning Care I’ve been giving some thought to what it takes to master the craft of discipline, and have been following some p

Calling for BATMAN!

My husband, Andras is a fan of Batman:). The SKIMRA lamp is in our rent out flat. He used a plastic circle, graved the sign in it, and then he mounted it to the lamp shade. Have a nice day! ~ Ildiko

Where do you stand on digital books?

Since it’s the day after a holiday, I’m thinking maybe a conversation instead of straightforward advice will help us ease back into the week.

MINUT in HEMSTA disguise

Materials: HEMSTA shades, MINUT pendant lamp First I removed the glass shades (from the MINUT pendant lamp) from the light fixture, then I added the fabric HEMSTA shades to it (the little plastic thing that make the connection smaller has to be connected to the fabric shades first). After this I screwed back the glass shades on the light fixture. ~ Nina

The ins-and-outs of using a self-storage unit

Using a storage unit to house clutter is not recommended because it is a waste of money and is only a way to delay making a decision about what to do with the stuff you no longer need.

Going Back to College

Summer is ending and students are headed back to school. But what if you are past college age, replete with family responsibilities, holding down a full time job, and still feel like some additional training would improve your career?

Seven Clever Food Strategies for Stretching a Small Food Budget (and Nine Foods That Are Filling, Healthy, and Cheap!)

There are a lot of strategies out there for stretching a food budget, from couponing to meal planning. I’ve laid out our six-step plan for organizing cheap meals many times on The Simple Dollar, and it’s a routine we stick to almost every week. Still, that’s not the end of the road when it comes to stretching your food budget.