Make a Simple, DIY Calendar You'll Actually Want to Use

by Chris Gardner

Make a Simple, DIY Calendar You'll Actually Want to Use

I gave up on paper calendars a long time ago. Not because I'm super tech-y and see them as outdated, but more because I can't seem to find one that actually works for me. They're either covered in photos of puppies or art prints, or so soulless and blank that they make me feel like the only thing I can schedule on them is reminders to put cover sheets on my TPS reports.

So, I'm loving this simple DIY option that's perfectly customizable to the way you work.

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Desk-A-Day: Einstein's Desk

by Bruno Bornsztein

You don't have to understand the theory of relativity to know a creative workspace comes in many forms. And some of the most brilliant are also, well, messy:

Einstein's desk on the day he died

Here's Einstein's desk, photographed by LIFE's Ralph Morse on the day the great physicist died (April 18, 1955). 

Einstein's desk

The point here, I think, is that a work space doesn't have to be minimalist sparse and futuristic to be inspiring. For some people, a little clutter sparks the brain, and...

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A DIY No-Cost, No-Tangle Light Storage Solution

by Chris Gardner

A DIY No-Cost, No-Tangle Light Storage Solution

The twelve days of Christmas is coming to an end (what are we on now? Ten lords a-leaping?), and your thoughts have no doubt turned from dancing sugarplums to taking down the decorations.

So, we thought we'd offer a bit of help. Here's a free way to reuse some of that holiday waste, and keep your string lights in shape so they're ready to go next year.

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Ask Curbly: Ladders, Armoires, Curtains and More!

by Bruno Bornsztein
Ask Curbly: Ladders, Armoires, Curtains and More!

Still haven't checked out our Ask a Question forum? What are you waiting for?! It's the perfect place to ask for help with home improvement and decor questions, and you can help others out by offering your own expert (or amateur) advice.

I thought I'd highlight some of the more interesting recent questions from the forum today (please add your answers or suggestions if you have any):

Building a ladder bookcase (how?)

Jellico's wondering how to build a ladder book case, but doesn't know how to get started. Can you help her out?

Ladder book shelf question.

How do I know if I have an original Platner chair?

Lauramae has a wire chair she bought at a rummage sale that looks just like this: 

Platner chair? Help her find out for sure!

How does she tell if it's the real thing?

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How To: Green Thanksgiving Clean Up Tips

by Jill W

How To: Green Thanksgiving Clean Up Tips

Thanksgiving is all about being grateful for everything we have. And this year, we hope the resources of our ecosystem are at the top of everyone's list. In order to celebrate these good gifts, check out these sustainable cleanup tips, which are easy to apply to everyone's feast.

  • Your dishwasher uses about half the energy, 1/6 of the water, and way less soap than you might use during hand dishwashing. If you have lots of dishes to wash, load your dishwasher with an eco-friendly detergent and air-dry the dishes rather than heat drying them.

Credit: Gary Gary [http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/200501523-001/Photographers-Choice]
   

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How To: Make a Jewelry Organizer from a Secondhand Table

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make a Jewelry Organizer from a Secondhand Table

Anyone who lives near a university or remembers their own college days can attest to the massive amounts of furniture that sit curbside during early summer. I happen to live near one of the country's biggest, which possesses a huge post-graduate population, and thus lots of transitions year round. On any given week, you can expect to find an entire room's worth of furnishing within a few blocks.

Of course, most of it is trashed and cheap laminate covered particleboard, but every once in a while, there are the gems. I found this foldable outdoor table (and the mirror in the photo next to it!) atop a pile of trashbags...with the price tag still on. It was a tiny bit bent, but no worries...I had other plans.

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10 lies you tell yourself about clutter

by DIY Maven

10 lies you tell yourself about clutter

After reading Green Daily's lies we tell ourselves about clutter, I realize I have been less than honest with my flotsam and jetsam. By no means am I a pack rat. However, I do have stashes here and there that really could be pared down considerably. My craft supplies, for instance. Some of that stuff I haven't

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How To: Hack a Keychain Card for Easier Wallet Storage

by Chris Gardner

How To: Hack a Keychain Card for Easier Wallet Storage

I do my best to shy away from any extra keyring accessories: no decorative keychains, fobs, or extras for me. When offered a discount or loyalty membership, I always opt for the credit card sized version rather than the keychainable one.

Recently, a bunch of small, local businesses banded together to create a great program that I'm excited to support, and the only way to access it? Keychain card. I tried storing it in my wallet, but it would...

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