Creative Ways to Better Organize Your Home Office

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Posted by JR Olson | Posted in Other - Home & Garden | Posted on 19-12-2014

Home offices have the tendency to lose function when they are cluttered and disorganized. It is much more difficult to find what we need in a home office that is not in order. Clutter also has a tendency to over stimulate us, which stresses us out more and makes it more difficult to concentrate. Thoroughly organizing a home office is necessary in order to maximize its function. Here are some organizing tips and tricks that will remove the obstacles that prevent you from working and will turn your home office into a space that is completely conducive to productive work.

How to Organize your Office Supplies

One of the contributors to a disorganized office is office supplies that do not have a particular home, whether they be scattered across the desk or rattling inside of a desk drawer. One of the best ways to ensure that you are able to find and use the office supplies you need, while still maximizing your desk space, is to use divided drawer storage. You can purchase a drawer divider insert or you can make one of your own. This will ensure that items such as pencils, pens, and notepaper are grouped with others of their kind and are easy to find. For smaller items, such as staples, stamps, tacks, and paper clips, you may put small containers in between the drawer organizers. A muffin tin can also be repurposed as a drawer insert to house these smaller items.

How to Keep Cables and Chargers Organized

Chances are good that your home office contains many different cables. Crawling under your office desk to rearrange your power outlet is an annoying task in and of itself, and not knowing which cord is which adds all the more hassle. An extremely inexpensive way to keep your cables organized is to run a cord through the wire portion of a binder clip, then clip the whole thing to the back of your desk; with this method, you can keep cords from falling off your desk when they are not in use (and thus getting mixed up and tangled). To contain USB cords and ear bud headphones, consider storing them in old cassette tape cases to keep them from getting lost.

How to File your Papers Away

In home offices, it is quite common to have papers scattered across the desk or tossed messily in drawers. Filing important papers away will go a very long way toward making your entire home office more organized. Begin with the integration of a filing system into your office. Recycle the papers that you do not need, and create categories for the papers you will need in the future. Put each category of papers into its own file folder. Next, label these file folders with names that are memorable, for easy retrieval. Lastly, put these folders in alphabetical order, and then insert them into a filing cabinet. In the future, you will be able to quickly find the documents you need while never having to clutter your work space with papers again. Keep a small recycling can next to your file cabinet to easily get rid of junk papers.

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Arnold Briggs writes on home improvement, gardening, home maintenance & other related topics. Arnold recommends that readers contact Cutting Edge Closets to organize your life by investing in closet space.

All About the Amygdala

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Posted by JR Olson | Posted in Health And Fitness | Posted on 19-12-2014

The amygdala is a small-yet-crucial cluster of neurons located in the medial temporal lobe of the brain. The human brain actually has two of these clusters, the plural of which is called the amygdalae. However, the pair is commonly referred to as simply “the amygdala.” The amygdala is part of the body’s limbic system, and based on research that has been performed on the human brain, it is believed that its primary function is processing memory and emotion.

The Role of the Amygdala

The amygdala is largely responsible for processing memory and emotional responses, but its most basic responsibility is to act as the brain’s surveillance system. This means that it is constantly monitoring one’s surroundings for potential dangers and is ready to help initiate a fight-or-flight response.

The amygdala is also closely related to the ability to feel and apply empathy to certain situations. It helps aid people in making decisions by filtering the thoughts people have about themselves and the world around them. In this way, the amygdala plays a role in nearly every decision we make, no matter how urgent or trivial they may be.

Amygdala Sex Differences

The amygdala is one of the most well-understood regions of the brain with regard to differences between the sexes. Specifically, the amygdala is larger in male brains than in female brains for children between the ages of 7 and 11, adult humans and adult rats. This region of the brain also shrinks by as much as 30 percent in human males that are castrated.

The lateralization of the amygdalae may also be affected by a person’s sex. In one study that involved men and women watching horror films, enhanced memory of the film was related to greater activity in the left amygdala in women, while in men, the right amygdala was more active. The right amygdala is linked with taking action when confronted with negative emotions, while the left amygdala is more associated with memory retention. This may be why men are more likely to have a physical reaction to emotionally stressful stimuli.

The amygdala also appears to be linked to anxiety and the fact that women are more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders than men. Men typically have higher levels of serotonin receptors in their amygdalae, which is why they are likely to have a stronger fight-or-flight response than women in stressful situations.

Disorders Associated With the Amygdala

A number of neurological and mental disorders may be closely related to abnormal functioning of the amygdala. These disorders include autism, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and many phobias. As stated above, the amygdala may also be closely related to anxiety disorders, particularly in women. This can be due to a number of different factors ranging from brain damage to developmental disorders.

There is much that scientists have yet to discover about the brain, and that includes the function and nature of the amygdalae. Although this particular brain structure is better understood than most of the brain, there is still more that we can learn about it. What we do know is that it is fascinating and versatile. It is responsible for processing our emotions, and it helps us make every decision we make throughout our lives.

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Neil Mortensen is a freelance writer who concentrates on anatomy, brain physiology, Brain Injuries, neuroscience, general science and other issues as well.

DIY Steps for Completing an Oil Change

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Posted by JR Olson | Posted in Do It Yourself (DIY) | Posted on 18-12-2014

Step 1: Unplug the oil pan.

The oil pan is located at the very bottom of the engine. There is usually a square head bolt screwed into it on the side. Grab something to catch the oil in, like a bucket, and unscrew the bolt with an adjustable wrench. If you need to jack your car up to do this, remember, the best place to lift a car with a jack is usually the frame. This will prevent damage to your vehicle.

The used oil collected should be properly disposed of. According to Hamilton County, Tennessee, used oil can be recycled into new lubricants. Check your state’s website for more information on how to dispose of used oil and oil filters.

Step 2: Remove the filter.

While you wait for the oil to drain, open the hood of the car and locate the oil filter. The filter is cylindrical, about three inches wide, and usually screwed onto the lower part of the engine, on the side. Depending on the make and model, it may be best to remove the filter while standing under the hood. Filters on some cars, however, can be more difficult to get to, requiring the mechanic to jack up the car and remove a tire to reach it. If the filter is too difficult to turn from under the hood, you may have to get on the ground and find another way.

Oil filters can be neatly removed by using a special oil filter wrench or oil filter pliers. However, if you do not have either of these tools, or if you have a stubborn oil filter that will not turn, you can always impale the filter with a screwdriver and twist it off. This can be extremely messy, though. The filter will be filled with oil.

Step 3: Replace the filter.

Each make and model of car will have a specific kind of oil filter that must be used. Simply go to your local auto parts store and look up the right part. Once you have the right filter, take it out of the box and rub some oil along the rubber ring next to the screw threads. This is very important. If there is no oil on the rubber ring when the filter goes on, it will be extremely difficult to remove for the next change. Next, screw the filter on until it is tight.

Step 4: Re-plug the oil pan.

By now, your oil pan has probably stopped dripping oil. Simply screw the plug back in and tighten it with an adjustable wrench.

Step 5: Replace the oil.

Locate the oil cap under the hood of the car. It is usually on the top of the engine. Get a funnel and pour your new oil in. Please note that the amount of oil required, how often it should be changed, and the kind that should be used is different for every make and model. Be sure to consult your car manual before changing the oil in your car.

As the new oil is poured in, you can periodically check the oil level by pulling out the oil stick (a thin strip of metal or plastic located under the hood). This strip will indicate how much oil is inside the engine, but you must wait for the new oil to drip down to the oil pan for it to be accurate. If you accidentally fill the engine with too much oil, simply unscrew the plug at the bottom to let a little out.

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Thomas Sheridan writes on car mechanics, car maintenance, the auto industry and other related subjects. Thomas recommends Collins Automotive for those looking to learn more about mechanical and maintenance issues.