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By The Unclutterer Team

Secret of Adulthood: Give Myself Limits to Give Myself Freedom

From Further Secrets of Adulthood. This is one of my Secrets of Adulthood, absolutely, and I used to think it was true for everyone, but now I know that not everyone has the same view about limits and discipline that I do. I’m an Upholder. And an Abstainer. And an Under-buyer. For all these reasons, and others, too, it seems right to me that discipline brings freedom.

Lack Dining Console

  Materials: Lack shelf, Nipen Legs, Alang Lamp base I’ve been in desperate need of a dining console for months now. The location it sits on is an odd width, so the conventional 48″ width consoles just won’t cut it. So instead, I did a rendering of what it should be, and then made a console out of an Lack shelf and Nipen legs. 1.

The Stall Ultra Slim Entertainment Center

Materials: - Stall Shoe Cabinet - Uppleva Cable Cover Strip - Uppleva Wall Bracket for TV My wife and I just had our first child and so space is now at a premium. The design of our apartment has the front door opening onto one of the walls of the living room, which was a major constraint in how we could lay out our room.

Giveaway: Stridebox – A Treasure Chest for Runners

Friday is giveaway day. Comment to win! This week’s giveaway comes from Oregon-based company, Stridebox. This runner-lovin’ business collects the latest racing goodies and sends them monthly to subscribers (…in a box, hence the name).

8 Powerhouse Energy Secrets Every Nine-to-Fiver Should Know

It never works, does it? That one tactic you’re sure will finally energize you all the way from nine to five. Like sleeping. We’ve all heard the advice — sleep eight hours at night, and you’ll feel awake and energetic all day. So you set your alarm for 6:00 am. You got in bed at 10:00 pm. And you lay there worrying about that deadline you’d never meet.

Ask the Readers: What rate of return are you seeking and how much risk will you accept?

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. We spent a fair amount of time exploring investments in the month of March. We looked at how to ladder certificates of deposit (CDs), scrutinized the decision to include gold in your portfolio, and even considered the growth of hedge funds.

6 Indispensable Life Skills You Develop As a Globe Trotter

Traveling for me is always fun because I get to experience something new and meet people that opens my perspective on life.  However, it isn’t always shiny and rosy. Sometimes it can be trying and not that exciting.

Podcast #108: The Upside of Your Dark Side With Todd Kashdan

You can’t go anywhere these days without running into an article or a book on how to be more positive and upbeat. Pessimism and anger are seen as traits we should do all we can to avoid. But my guest today says that view might be a little too narrow and short-sighted. His name is Dr. Todd Kashdan, and he’s the co-author of the book, The Upside of Your Dark Side.

“I Formed a ‘Resolution Club’ with Three Friends. We Each Had Different Resolutions.”

Interview: David Lat. I got to know David Lat through our connection as being combination lawyer/writers. He founded and is the managing editor of Above the Law, a site which covers law firms and the legal profession (in an edgy way). David recently published his dishy first novel, Supreme Ambitions.

Revealed! Book Club Choices for April.

Because nothing boosts happiness more than a great book, each month, I suggest: · one outstanding book about happiness or habits · one outstanding work of children’s or young-adult literature–I have a crazy passion for kidlit · one eccentric pick–a widely admired and excellent book that I love, yes, but one that may not appeal to everyone Shop at the wonderful Brooklyn indie WORD, BN.com,

DIY Pocket Notebooks From Six-Pack Cartons

The benefits of a pocket notebook are numerous, as are the number of great men who’ve utilized them. Today, I’m going to show you how to make your own. It’s cost-effective, only takes about 20 minutes, and gives you a chance to express a little bit of your personality in the process. Supplies Any six-pack carton — be it your favorite craft brew or a beloved root beer.

How Technology Can Help You Quit Smoking For Good

Technology has changed how we live our lives forever.

Hackers Help: Does anybody know the name of this shelving system?

I loved this system – the end pieces were metal bars that came in either grey or black, and you clicked beech-laminated shelves into place at the fixed locations. Does anybody know the name of this system? The post Hackers Help: Does anybody know the name of this shelving system? appeared first on IKEA Hackers.

RAST nightstand into small storage seat

Materials: RAST nightstand I picked up a RAST pine night stand for cheap second hand and turned it into extra seating.  First I painted the nightstand red, then I cut some cushion foam to the correct size and covered it for the top.

6 approaches to creating an effective to-do list

Most of us use some sort of to-do list, whether it be a paper one or a digital one. While it’s easy to get fixated on the tool — a notebook and a cool pen, your favorite app, etc. — there are also basic strategies to consider.