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Tips for Organizing Your Home Office

Tips for Organizing Your Home Office


One of the most important rooms in the house is the home office. It is the nerve center of the home, where you have your computer, store important documents, pay bills and even work from home, if you have a home business. It is a room that gets full of clutter from unused desk accessories and office equipment and don’t even talk about the bills and the paperwork that gets stacked on a desk in an office! Having a clutter free and organized office is essential to keeping a family’s routine running smoothly. As with any reorganization project, it is critical to create a plan to reorganizing your office and even your desk. Once you have your plan and goals for the room in place, then you can start your reorganizing project.

The first stop of the project should be to clear out the room and the desk. If doing both at the same time is too daunting, then start with the desk first and then work through the rest of the room. As with any reorganization project, you need to go through the items in the room and separate them into piles or boxes of: keep, store, donate, sell, or throw away. Don’t be afraid to throw away things that you haven’t used in quite a while. It is okay to throw out old office equipment, such as scanners, fax machines or printers that no longer work. If you have excess office supplies that are still in good working order, think about donating them to a local school. Throw out any old pens, paper clips and dried out markers or highlighters. Once you have gone through the sorting process, split the items that you want to keep into the following categories: desk supplies, work specific projects or bills and important documents. Shred old paperwork such as tax documents that are over 7 years old or credit and bank statements over 1-year-old. Self storage units are a great solution for storing excess office equipment. If you work out of your home, a self storage unit is a good place to store samples, inventory and paperwork in order to keep you home office clutter free.  Storage World has 3 locations in Decatur, Stockbridge and Jonesboro in the Atlanta area to help with all of your storage needs from self storage units to moving and packing supplies.

Once you are ready to put the items back into the space, utilize different organizational tools to keep the room clutter free. Office equipment that you should have in the room are: a filing cabinet, trash bin, shredder and recycling center. Add a desk organizer in your desk drawer for pens, paper or binder clips and other items that you would need most often. Set-up a personal filing system for your family documents and file the paperwork on a weekly basis. Also, utilize available wall space for storage by adding shelves and pegboards. Keep the items that you use the most within easy reach of your desk. You are more productive when items are closer to you, so you won’t waste time searching for paperwork when you need it.

Organizing your desk and office can be an easy weekend project. The hardest part will be the sorting process at the beginning of the process and then keeping it clean after the project! If you feel that the paper and office equipment are starting to “take over” again, then go through the reorganization process again. It is a never-ending process, but well worth it in the end.



Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks logo


The second half of the 2013-2014 NBA season kicked off on Tuesday after this past weekend’s All-Star break.  The Atlanta Hawks started the second half with a loss to the Indiana Pacers. Currently, the Hawks’ record is 25-27, which is second in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the NBA.  Kyle Korver’s is the best 3 point shooter in the NBA. His high shooting percentages directly correlates to the Hawks’ success in the last two years.

The Atlanta Hawks are owned by Atlanta Spirit LLC, a Georgia-based partnership of seven partners who also own Philips Arena, where the Hawks play.  The ownership group took over in 2011.  Ted Turner was one of the previous owners of the team back in the 1970s.  The Hawks have the second-longest run of not winning an NBA title at 54 years.  The team started in 1946 as the Buffalo Bisons as part of the National Basketball League.  Then, from 1946-1951 they moved to Moline, Illinois and became the Tri-Cities Blackhawks.  In 1949 they joined the National Basketball Association (NBA).  In 1951, the team moved to Milwaukee and changed their name to the Hawks.  When the team moved again in 1955 to St. Louis, it was here that they won their last championship, in 1958.  They played in St. Louis until 1968, when they moved to their current city of Atlanta.  The team has improved over the past ten years, and has made it to the second round of the NBA playoffs in 1999, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

One of the Hawks’ most famous players is Dominque Wilkins, who played on the team from 1982-1994.  Wilkins is nicknamed “The Human Highlight Film” and has one of the greatest scorers in NBA history. You can see some of his best slam-dunks on the Hawks’ website.  Wilkins currently is the VP of Basketball for the Atlanta Hawks and his jersey is now retired. Other players’ jerseys that have been retired and are hanging from the rafters at the Philips Arena are Lou Hudson, Bob Pettit as well as special recognition to former team owner, Ted Turner.

The Atlanta Hawks work within the Atlanta community through the Hawks Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life of Georgians by developing a passion for learning and commitment to fitness and recreation.  The team works with community food banks and education projects.  They are also a part of the NBA Cares program.

Head down to the Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta to show your support for the Hawks! Their next home game is Saturday, February 22nd against the New York Knicks. You can find ticket information for all of the games on the Hawks website.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day in Atlanta



Valentine’s Day is Friday, February 14th. It is a day dedicated to love and romance. According to The History Channel, 62% of adults say that they celebrate Valentine’s Day. There is 58 Million pounds of chocolate purchased during the week of Valentine’s Day. People spend over $448 Million on candy purchases over the same week. 23% of adults say that they will purchase flowers for their Valentines. 150 Million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, which is the second biggest card sending holiday after Christmas! It is quite a busy day for restaurants and retail shops!



History of Valentine’s Day

The history of Valentine’s Day goes back to the 5th century when February 14th was officially declared St. Valentine’s day by Pope Gelasus. The celebration is named for a Christian martyr from the 5th century. Actually, there were 3 different saints from the time named Valentine or Valentinus, so it could have been any of the three. The legend is not quite specific. The holiday also has its basis in a pagan Roman holiday, Lupercalia, which is the Roman fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture. This festival was celebrated in mid-February. Small tokens of affection such as poems or small gifts were given out to one’s love since the Middle Ages. The first written Valentine appeared in the 1400’s.

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, France and Australia. In England, specific Valentine’s Day celebrations can be dated back to the 17th century. The first mass-produced printed card in England was made in the early 1900’s. The United States started celebrating Valentine’s Day in the early 1700’s, as the traditions were brought from their homelands. The first mass-produced Valentine’s card was made in the 1840’s.



Valentine’s Day Events in Atlanta

Valentine’s Day is traditionally a day to celebrate love. There are special marriage events at local courthouses to either get married or renew vows. There are a variety of Valentine’s Day events in the Atlanta area that you can find more information about from Zevents and Eventbrite. Many local restaurants are offering specially priced set menus for Valentine’s Day weekend including Sway at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cook Hall. You can explore great artwork as well as have a great meal and dance the night away at High Museum of Art. If you enjoy classical music, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has Piano Romance, special program just for Valentine’s Day. If the Blues is more your style, you can to the Atlanta Blues Festival at the Atlanta Civic Center.

There are so many fun things do with your sweetie over Valentine’s weekend! Don’t forget to pick up your card, flowers and candy too!


Black History Month in Atlanta

Black History Month
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Black History Month is observed every February to celebrate the achievements of African Americans through history. Historian, Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded “Negro History Week” in 1926. He chose to celebrate the week in February because it is the birth month of abolitionist and activist, Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. The name was changed and the week switched to a month of events in 1976. Atlanta is the capital of the Civil Rights movement and is central to celebrations throughout the month with the pinnacle event being the Black History Month Parade on Saturday, February 22nd.

There are many Civil Rights attractions in the Atlanta area that you can visit to celebrate with events during Black History Month (and throughout the year). The Sweet Auburn Historic District is the center of many of the Civil Rights activities. The Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site is located in this neighborhood. There are many great cafes and coffee shops in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. You can also stop at the African American Panoramic Experience (APEX) Museum, where it is Black History Month every day.  You can also visit the Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries is the home to the nation’s largest collection of fine art by African Americans. You can also visit other notable sites such as the High Museum of Art which houses the most significant collections of Civil Rights photography from Rosa Parks to the March on Washington D.C. Lastly, stop by the Spelman College Fine Arts, which is the only museum in the country that emphasizes art created by and about women of the African Diaspora.

There will be special programming at the Atlanta History Center including a special event on February 8th called “Struggles and Strides-Early Fight for Civil Rights. The highlight of Black History Month in Atlanta is The Black History Month Parade on Saturday, February 22nd on Auburn Ave in the Sweet Auburn District in Atlanta. The parade kicks off at noon. The parade celebrates the culture, heritage, history and accomplishments of Black Americans in the United States and across the globe. The parade has marching bands, performers, entertainers, politicians, floats and fun for the entire family. The musicians will range from R&B to rock to jazz.  For other events, see your local attractions for other events celebrating Black History Month in the Atlanta area.

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