On January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. was brought into this world in this very home at 501 Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, GA. It was a place he called home for nearly 12 years and was just down the street from the renowned Ebeneezer Baptist Church where he shared a pulpit with his father. While today we celebrate what Martin Luther King Jr. has done, we thought we should take a look at the place he called home.
The two-story Queen Anne style house is located in a neighborhood known as “Sweet Auburn” within Atlanta. The house has a one-story partial front and side porch with scroll cut woodwork trim, two porthole windows, a shingled gabled end, and a side bay. The home was actually owned by his maternal grandparents and was the dwelling place of not just Dr. King’s immediate family, but often other relatives and even boarders as well.
The house is open for tours and visitors are given a guided look through the place where Dr. King was born which is now a national historic site. The home has been wonderfully preserved and tours of the home often reveal a very different side of this historic figure than one might think. Details of his everyday life growing up and even the pranks he would pull on siblings is shared through the tales told to his sister.
You can get that warm, fuzzy feeling and make a few bucks by responsibly ditching all the excess stuff you accumulate, particularly at this time of year.
Before you cast off, sort out
This video by home organizer Alejandra Costello demonstrates her system for organizing items you wish to donate, sell, return, or exchange. You designate an area in the home — preferably near an exit -- for the stuff you don’t want to forget to take out the door with you. What we really liked best about this video is that she includes tips for keeping your downsizing efforts on track.
Hazardous household materials
Sure, we all know where to recycle stuff like soda cans and water bottles, but what about dicey items like medications, paint thinners, or asbestos?
Earth911.com, along with its free app iRecycle, is one of the best sources for finding acceptance centers that handle household hazardous waste. Just enter the type of junk you need to unload, like compact fluorescent light bulbs (did you know they have traces of mercury?), along with your ZIP code, and it provides the nearest recycling center to you.
Learn more about stuff that’s considered household hazardous waste, by watching this
hilarious Canadian video made for the city of Toronto.
If you want to recycle appliances, cameras, computers, and TVs, Best Buy Recycle will take them, no matter where you bought them originally. The retailer charges $100 to pick up old appliances like TVs if you’re not also having a new Best Buy item delivered to you. It says it destroys CPUs to protect your data privacy. And the recycled bits and pieces become raw materials manufacturers can use to make everything from appliances to park benches. Check out the video:
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