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By Brett McKay

Upcycled rattan chair using retired climbing rope

I don’t remember the product name but it was from about 10 years ago. The rattan was deteriorating to the point of unusability.   I had recently gotten a climbing gym to give me a bunch of rope that they were required to retire after a certain number of hours of use. I wove a very comfortable seat and back using my knotting skills.

Hackers Help: Taller MULIG Valet Stand?

I have a MULIG valet stand that I am basically using as a (semi) privacy screen in my somewhat non-private cubicle. The problem is it needs at about 4″ more to be effective. I thought that it would be a good idea to elevate it by putting on casters so that I could easily roll the valet stand.

Charge up with a Ljusa hand-powered USB charger

Materials: IKEA Ljusa hand powered flashlight How many times have you been without a battery? I often!

Unitasker Wednesday: Vessyl

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we aren’t trying to encourage you to buy these items, we are trying to get you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! This week’s unitasker selection is the Vessyl.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2013 Four desks for a minimalist work space Have a small workspace? Check out these four minimalist desks that will help you get stuff done and reclaim more space. 2011 The Simple Meal Over the years, my husband and I have come to rely on The Simple Meal when we’re stressed and don’t want to make a production out of dinner.

How to Build a Successful “Shopping Hierarchy”

Last month, I wrote a popular article for U.S. News and World Report about “shopping hierarchies.” Here’s how I defined “shopping hierarchy” in that article: However, there’s stronger strategy you can apply that affects the price of almost everything you buy. I call it the “shopping hierarchy” strategy.

How to Find a Career That Fits Your Working Style

Finding the right career isn't just about your skills and capabilities: it's also about getting a fit between your personal working style and the role that you're in.

Breaking the stress spending cycle

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. Lately, life has been a little hectic. I have a full schedule of work. I’m trying to plan a surprise party. I’m working on three different passion projects. My laundry needs to be washed. Hell, I need to be washed. It’s noon and I haven’t even showered.

How I Work: The FAQ

There’s a series on Lifehacker that I really enjoy called “How I Work.” The folks at LH interview writers, programmers, CEOs, and a variety of creative types about the apps, gear, and rituals they use to stay productive and get things done. A common question I get from readers is exactly this: how do I personally work and stay productive?

Video: For Habits, the Strategy of First Steps.

I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative.

Black garlic cupboard from IKEA Besta

Decided that I wanted to try my hand at making black garlic… and since stuffing my oven with garlic and leaving it there for over a month seems a tad excessive, I had to look for other options, and this heated cupboard / incubator was the solution I came up with.

BESTA wall cabinets mod to sideboard

Materials: BESTA wall hanging units Purchased 2 of the Besta wall hanging units to make a side board. Added hand turned legs all 2 PAK sprayed gloss white to match high gloss doors.

The End of the Day Philosophy

‘If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.’ ~Bill Watterson By Leo Babauta I’ve been making my small decisions throughout the day, recently, with a simple question: How will I feel about this when today is over? If I have a choice right now between reading social media and news articles, or writing, I know what the an

The Number One Reason You Are Attractive

  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this from friends, family, friends of friends, and the general public (yes, I am listening in). Something along the lines of, “I just don’t understand why (person they are interested in) doesn’t like me. I am pretty good looking, successful, and kind.

Becoming Selective

Back in Mozart’s day, music was a rare thing. If you had an opportunity to hear good music, it was a special treat and something you’d definitely want to take advantage of. Now days, music can be found everywhere. People listen to it while working, while driving, while exercising. Music can put you to sleep at night and wake you up in the morning.