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By The Unclutterer Team

Ending the Cycle of Excuses

During my second and third years in college, I made some poor decisions regarding which classes to take. Those poor choices, during a period when I was no longer sure about my major, ended up tacking an extra year onto my college experience. My response should have been to talk to advisors and figure out a way to minimize that extra year, cutting it to perhaps a semester or so.

A tall LACK table with legs “dipped” in marble

Materials: 2 white LACK side tables, Marble contact paper My mother needed a taller than an average table for her new overlocker. 1. Take four of the legs of the LACK side table and on the side that does not have a screw, draw an X with a pencil from one corner to the opposite corner. This is to find the exact centre of the leg.

How High School Students Can Financially Prepare for College

Keeping your grads up, taking AP classes, and preparing for the SAT or ACT can boost your chances of landing a scholarship. Photo: MC Quinn Preparing for college can seem overwhelming. The truth is, it’s never too early (or too late) to take steps while still in high school.

Christmas gifts that keep on giving

This is a guest post from former GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Anyone who has lived on the margin has likely felt the anxiety that comes with having just about enough to get by. That’s why I’d like to suggest a holiday present that can make a short- or long-term difference in someone’s life – the gift of breathing room.

The 5 Worst Bad Habits To Have

The quality of your life is largely determined by your habits, which comprise a significant portion of your daily behavior.  Given their importance, let's discuss some of the worst bad habits you can have (and what to do about them): 1. Believing "I am who I am" Growth is a defining component of health.

The Churchill School of Adulthood – Lesson #1: Develop a Mighty Moral Code

Last week we kicked off the Winston Churchill School of Adulthood by talking about two central tenets of growing up well: embracing the opportunity to author your life’s story, and cultivating a comfort with the seemingly contradictory energies and perspectives that can make that story rich and memorable. With that foundation in place, it’s time to delve into what exactly those divergent ener

Join me at StarLIVE on Dec 20th

This is the reason I have been running around like a headless chicken the past week and I foresee the next 9 days. It’s been challenging preparing the presentation for this talk (should I say this or that? tell this joke or not at all?) and trying out a few hacks to see which will work. I will be sharing the story of IKEAhackers and there will be 2 hack demos at the end too.

Consider This New Yorker Cover: Do You Love Simplicity or Abundance?

To my delight, I saw that this week’s New Yorker cover exactly illustrates a point that I make in Better Than Before. There, I write about how we make and break habits, and here’s the most important thing I’ve learned: If you’re trying to form a habit, the first — and most important — thing to do is to know yourself. Many discussions of habit argue for one particular method — wit

Make It a Manly Christmas: Shop the Art of Manliness Store for the Holidays (+Giveaway!)

There’s about three weeks left until Christmas. If you’re still looking for some gift ideas for the men in your life (or for yourself), be sure to check out the Art of Manliness Store.

$25 KURA lighting mini-hack

Materials: KURA bed (in loft position) We recently purchased a KURA bed when our four-year-old wanted a loft. She loves it, and especially likes to relax in the area underneath with her toys.

8 Surprisingly Delicious Burger Combos: An Illustrated Guide

This post is brought to you by Citi. Check out some more awesome 2-in-1 combinations from the Citi #incredouble Contest and vote for your favorites at https://incredouble.citi.com/. What’s this? There’s nothing wrong with the classic burger – a juicy patty paired with lettuce, tomato, and onion. In fact, such a combination can be sublime.

Debt and Your Marriage

Talking honestly about money — especially debt — can be difficult. But financial arguments and resentments can wreak havoc on marriages, so it pays to get it all out in the open. Photo: zenjazzygeek When you marry your spouse, you’re merging lives.

Bedside Wardrobes and Nightstand

Materials: Ekby Hall, EKBY HEMNES, Pax wardrobe We needed more clothing storage in our bedroom, but there really wasn’t a good space for a chest of drawers or other standard solution. We ended up getting two tall Pax wardrobes and putting them on each side of the bed. Worked great for storage, but we lost bedside tables.

Unitasker Wednesday: Buttercup Butter Maker

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Every few weeks I volunteer at my son’s school to assist with math and science lessons that involve cooking projects.

Hackers Help: Will my DVDs fit in this BESTA shelving unit if I add doors to it?

I’m looking at get a shelving unit for my DVDs. I’ve pretty much settled on getting 2 of these BESTAs. And I’m thinking of getting 2 of these doors to go on them. But will adding those doors prevent me from being able to put DVDs where the door fittings go?