Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Declutter and Save!

Today is the last day to take advantage of our Declutter and Save promotion! In it, you’ll find sales, coupons and rebates designed to help you free your work space of extra papers and supplies.

Finding a good desktop organizer is tricky. It’s easy to splurge on the largest unit that has all the space you need, but that can lead to the organizer itself taking too big a footprint. You’re trying to streamline your desk to have as little on it as necessary, and an organizer filled with supplies you don’t use regularly only adds to the clutter. An organizer only needs to have space for what you use all the time, whether pens, note pads, or even a calculator if don’t want it on the desk itself. This Victor model on sale even holds your phone. Plan ahead, think about how many compartments you actually need, and don’t go for file sorters unless you refer to multiple classifications of folders regularly. Your desktop should never be a final destination for papers.

Whether in your office or your home, wire shelving is an easy way to get clutter off floors and desks while still remaining accessible. They’re easy to install, support plenty of weight, and can be used to hold everything from food to cleaning supplies to paper records. We have several shelving options on sale to fit your needs, along with accessories like liners, casters, or posts for expansion.

Finally, perhaps the most important tool to decluttering is a well-placed trash can. Make sure you have both a trash can and a recycling bin within reach of any place you do paperwork. Even having to slide your chair or lean over to throw something out adds an obstacle that shouldn’t be there. The easier it becomes to get rid of something, the less likely you’ll leave unnecessary papers around.

Once again, the Declutter and Save promotion ends today!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tombow- Quality Correction Tape, Adhesives and Art Products

For more than 100 years, Tombow has been an industry leader in affordable, quality office and art products. Here, it’s a name mostly recognized in specific groups such as artists or scrapbook enthusiasts. But in Japan, Tombow is a household name as a maker of wood pencils. Children there grew up with Tombow pencils the way Americans had Dixon Ticonderoga. Tombow still makes pencils, but here they’re associated with a range of products with the common thread being consistent quality.

The pencils Tombow sells here are mostly for drawing. Drawing pencils are designed to withstand heavy use and resist smearing, and Tombow’s packs include pencils of various hardness to produce different shades. Also popular for artists are dual brush markers using blendable, non-bleeding water-based ink. Each pen has two tips- a fine tip for lines or other precise work and a brush for coloring with broader strokes.

Along with writing utensils, Tombow has also made a name for itself through a pair of running tape products. Whether adhesive or correction tape, tape runners can be very finicky, sometimes tangling, not sticking to the paper, or not advancing properly. Tombow tape dispensers avoid these problems better than many of its competitors in both its adhesive tape series popular with scrapbookers and its correction tape- a useful item to have around the office.

Now’s a great time to try out Tombow products! We’re running a sale on Tombow correction tape and have a coupon for $10 off Tombow dual brush markers until the end of the month!

Monday, February 20, 2017

President’s Day Flash Sale! Going Off the Office Products Path

In honor of President’s Day we’re having a one-day-only flash sale! We’ve got 30 items lined up for you to get at a huge discount. They represent a range of products available on our site, including many beyond typical office products. Here are some featured sale items that aren’t necessarily for your desk.

We offer hundreds of cleaning products and janitorial items, such as the Clorox Disposable Toilet Cleaning System, a great way to clean and disinfect your toilet bowl. It includes six disposable brushes (refills are available), sparing you the need to keep a used brush lying around the bathroom. Additional janitorial sale items on sale include Gojo hand soap, Kleenex facial tissue, a dispenser for exam gloves, and safety glasses.

If you’re looking for snacks, our President’s Day sale has some deals. Our selection of candy, snack food, and instant meals has something for every palate. Today we’re featuring a box of assorted candy miniatures, a variety box of snack cookies and crackers, and Rice Krispies Treats.

We even have decorative items like posters and prints. This set of prints includes four different inspirational presidential quotes in stylish floating frames. They look great on the wall; pick up some Command Strips and enjoy today’s discounts!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Buy Smart to Get the Right Products For You

When it comes to office supplies, few items are one size fits all. Even products you may think are basic commodities are specialized and tailored to different situations. Staplers, for example, are designed differently to focus on ease of use, stapling a large number of sheets, or swapping different size staples. Buying smart doesn’t only mean finding the best prices on the products you need. Going cheap might mean ending up with something that won’t do what you want. You need to think about how each product is going to work for you and shop accordingly. Take a look at some discounted products on our Smart Buys page for some examples.

Envelopes are a simple example. While it’s easy to pick up a box of envelopes without thinking, there is a specific type for what you need. If you’re mailing invoices, windowed envelopes save you the step of generating address labels. Security envelopes are essential for transactions with dollar amounts, account numbers, or anything that needs to stay hidden. If you’re mailing a large number of envelopes, you’ll want self-sealing or peel-and-seal envelopes... unless you have a sealing machine and you need to stick to gummed seals. There’s a lot to think about.

Your desk chair might be the most important thing in the office to get right. You need to create the right fit for both your comfort and the time you spend in it. Do you need a chair that helps support your neck or back? How much will you want to adjust for height, tilt, or lumbar support? Do you prefer a mesh seat or leather, vinyl or fabric? Given how much you sit on your chair every day, if you haven’t thought about these questions when selecting your current chair, you should look into your options.

Our Smart Buys page is a good starting point when looking around for different products. Some envelopes, chairs, and highlighters are on sale, with rebates and coupons for markers, dry erase boards, and privacy filters. Take your time, figure out what you need in each product, and buy smart!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Add Red and Pink to Your Supply Collection on Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today’s a day for love and romance, and if you’re feeling extra festive you may want to keep the spirit alive by adding a touch of romantic color to your office supplies. More reds and pinks can add a splash of warmth to your stock. For today only, our Valentine’s Day flash sale shows some love to a number of themed items!

Why settle for all of your file folders being the same manila color? Expand the palette a little with Smead’s colored file folders. Make a statement with a drawer of pink folders, or get multiple colors to add an extra level of organization. You can also get Post-It Notes or a box of highlighters all in pink as well. To get some red on your desk, try the Black n’ Red hardcover notebook. These are designed for takings notes in the office and the sharp color will stand out.

To get straight to the point and express your love for Valentine’s Day, these pencils have a special Valentine’s theme and make a great gift. They can also be incorporated into holiday projects or notes for a special someone (perhaps on pink paper).

For some holiday treats, we also have a special on Swedish Fish and a giant tub of Red Vines. You can find all our sale items here for the rest of the day!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Rebate Roundup! Cash Back for Getting Organized

On top of all the great savings we normally offer, our rebate page is a chance to earn even more back. Opportunities to claim free items, gift cards, and even cash are available from manufacturers if you buy the right items and fill out the information. Here are three rebates available through the first quarter of 2017 that will reward you for getting organized.

Bankers Box is always a go-to choice for archiving files and creating stackable storage. Both the Presto and Mystic series feature boxes that assemble in an instant, leaving less busy work and more time filling them and cleaning out desks and cabinets. They even feature locking lids, preventing boxes from accidentally opening and threatening its contents. Now, ordering $100 of one of the two earns you a cash rebate- $25 for Mystic boxes and $30 for Presto boxes!

Through the end of April, Swingline, Quartet, and Cambridge are running a flexible rebate program on a number of their items including dry erase boards, staplers, and shredders. The amount you earn back increases the more you buy, but will be about 10% cash back. Bigger departmental shredders have their own rebate offers, going up as high as $750! A wide variety of products are available, making this a great way to pick up several different kinds of office essentials and accessories.

Victor is rewarding desk organization with a free gift. Right now, you can earn a free pencil holder by ordering one of seven qualifying products- options include monitor risers that add storage space under your screen, a printer stand with trays for paper and accessories, and desktop organizers with up to five compartments. Like the Fellowes rebate, the Victor offer lasts until the end of March.

Check our our rebate page for a full list of all the great offers!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Clearance Products to Get You Through the Rest of Winter

We’re almost there! The end of winter is almost in sight and we’re ready for spring to get here. In fact, our winter clearance sale has begun, with dozens of products marked down and ready to leave shelves. Many are there to keep you, your home, or your office warm, clean, and safe from the cold weather. Here are a few products that can still help through the final month and into spring.

What sort of condition are your company’s floor mats in? Are they still absorbing all the moisture that gets tracked in? Is all the dirt getting scraped off? If not, and you’re somewhere with a long winter or a wet spring, now’s a good time to upgrade your indoor or outdoor floor mat. We have several Crown mats for sale that serve either purpose; just find the right size and texture for your needs.

Of course, that won’t keep all the dirt out, so you’ll find plenty of cleaning products on clearance, including bleach, multipurpose cleaner, and disinfecting wipes.

It’s hard to imagine getting through the rest of the season without one more cold snap. Knowing that, and with future winters to consider, now is a great time to add a heater for the home or office. Many are listed on our clearance page, giving you a number of options based on room size, intensity, and portability. Along with a cozy room, additional items such as hand sanitizer and a humidifier can help ward off potential illnesses.

Our clearance sale runs through the end of the month!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Groundhog Day Flash Sale!

Whether or not the groundhog saw its shadow this morning, today’s a reassurance that winter won’t last forever. Even six more weeks feels manageable knowing warmer temperatures and longer days are right around the corner. Everything moves on, including one-day flash sales on several cool and useful products for your home and office!

One such product, a Deflect-o tilt bin, are a great storage idea for smaller items you want to access quickly. Bins are removable for easy loading, and tilt out to grab items without having to open drawers. They can sit on the desk or mount on the wall. These are perfect for storing crafts, tools, and small office supplies, and can even stack on larger bins easily.

Other items worth checking out include this customizable combination lock. Instead of a pre-assigned number combination, the dials are interchangeable, allowing you to choose a password with various letter, number and symbol combinations available. It’s a perfect option for temporary storage like gym lockers. Storex file boxes are designed for taking hanging files on the go, and include a compartment in the lid for pencils, notepads and other supplies. This Lorell chair mat is designed especially for hard surfaces and not only allows easier chair movement but will protect your floor at the same time.

The Groundhog Day Flash Sale is only here on February 2 and won’t be repeated tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Good Eating Habits on the Job

Many people think about ways they can eat healthier. Most will put it to practice at least some of the time, choosing better options when eating out or making meals at home. But for the best results, eating right can’t be a part-time hobby. It requires a full commitment no matter where you are. That can be tricky in the workplace, where the priority is on getting your work done and/or staying alert through the entire day. Eating right during the work day is still very important, and we have some advice for sticking to a plan even on the job.

The problems with trying to eat healthy during work are the constant focus on doing the job, being limited to only the food you brought in advance, and not always having enough time to eat. This makes it easy to settle for whatever food is around, taking a cheaper and less healthy option. Or you may spend your lunch break fixated on your monitor or your screen instead of thinking about how much you’re eating.

The one advantage to your work schedule is that it is a schedule. That means you can set times for eating. Make a routine out of your snack and lunch break and stick to it. Now you’re not worrying about when you can get them done, but rather what foods you’ll select. Fresh fruit (or even healthy fruit snacks) and low-fat beef jerky are good options that help provide energy for the day. Equally important is taking your breaks away from your desk. It reduces the likelihood for distractions, gets you off your chair and walking, and keeps your desk clean and free of germs.

While we’d never deny anyone their morning cup of coffee, drinking water regularly is essential. A lack of water can lead to feeling tired and hungry, both easy ways to get off course. Bring a water bottle and use it regularly. You should also consider bringing last night’s leftovers for a lunch option. If you’re committed to eating right, it will be healthier than most alternatives, faster, and can save you money.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Supplies For Staying Efficient On the Job

Sometimes it feels like there’s too much work to do and not enough time to get it done. When the pile gets too high, it’s easy to panic, which can slow things down further. Instead, take a step back and think of ways to be more efficient and handle the load better. Building off our prior advice for setting goals and organizing your work space, putting them together can set you on the road to efficient habits. Having the right stock of supplies helps too. Here are two tools to help you get the most out of your time.

Shop ticket holders have been around forever and were designed for warehouses, factories, and other large facilities with a lot of workers constantly on the move. Holders have holes for hanging and sheets can easily be swapped in and out. They also have a hidden feature making them perfect for using at your desk: the vinyl covers work as a dry-erase surface. You can use them to make reusable checklists, to-do lists combining routine tasks with unique jobs, or any assignment where you have to answer the same questions repeatedly. Just insert a sheet with the parts that stick around and write whatever is temporary. You’ll even avoid desk clutter by hanging it on your wall.

We’ve emphasized clearing your desk of all but the daily essentials. You might think shoving off a calculator is a smart move. After all, you’ve got one on your computer and your phone. But if you are regularly playing with numbers, especially outside of spreadsheets, you’ll want to keep it around and it may even stay on your desk. Pulling a calculator app on your computer pulls you away from the window you’re working on and opens another one. Your monitor(s) should be treated like your desk with only the important stuff on it at any given moment. Meanwhile, your phone is a minefield of potential distractions. Keep a desktop calculator within reach, preferably one with nice big buttons like the Victor 1180-3A, so you can make quick calculations without leaving your screen or losing focus.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Never Run Out of Breakroom or Employee Health Supplies

When you think about spare office supplies, you’re probably looking at the cabinet full of extra paper clips and Post-It notes. Those aren’t the only items where having plenty of stock makes a lot of sense. This month’s Warehouse Deals page emphasizes surplus for the breakroom and employee health, offering items that are easy to run out of and important to have on hand.

Your break room always needs replenishment. Whether employees are going for coffee, water, or other beverages, you can never have enough cups for them. You’ll want to have cups for hot and cold drinks- paper for hot beverages and plastic for water, juice, and soda. Plastic silverware is also necessary- particularly spoons. A box of 1,000 is now on sale.

How many hand sanitizer dispensers are around the office? Are they available for every desk? Are there stands for each department and outside meeting rooms? Sanitizer should be available at each workstation and in public areas where germs can spread. That means a lot of dispensers, which creates the need for a good stock to have on hand. You’ll find deals on a two-liter bottle or a 12-pack of 8 oz. Purell dispensers, and boxes holding 120 sanitizing wipes.

Warehouse Deals are here until the end of the month!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

More Organization Tips To Maintain a Functional Desk

Previously, we suggested a few products from our Organization page to help clear papers off your desk. It’s easy to see these suggestions and follow them for a few days, but without a good system and routines in place, the clutter may find its way back. To stay organized for the long haul, there are important steps to take.

Look at all of the office supplies you have on your desk. Do you have a stapler? A tape dispenser? A holder full of paper clips, pushpins, or extra pens? All of these are good to have around, of course. But think about how often you actually use them. If it’s not every day, why is it out in the open? Your desk surface should be limited only to items that are always in use. Reserve a drawer, preferably a top drawer, for important supplies that might be used a couple times a week. That makes them just as easy to get to, but frees up desk space for getting work done and creates more incentive for keeping it clear. A desk already full of unnecessary items makes it easier to excuse more of a mess.

If you have a lot of papers coming in, you probably already have some sort of letter tray. If not, it can be a good way to process incoming work. The key words here are "can" and "process." The trick to managing a letter tray is never to put anything back in there once you look at it. Once you take it out, either deal with it right away or mark it with Post-It flags as discussed before. A good strategy would be to assign colors based on urgency and importance, and whether the paper itself ultimately needs to be archived (and how accessible it will need to be) or if it can be tossed once the work is done. Once marked, put it in your file box or a To-Do folder- somewhere you can get to regularly but where its contents won’t distract you while you’re working on something else. Refresh your To-Do pile frequently and clear out your letter tray daily.

Making a habit of regular cleaning is a good way to promote organization. It’s a good task for Friday when you’re counting the minutes until the weekend. Cleaning your entire desk surface with a disinfecting wipe is a great way to prevent the spread of disease, but is also easier when the desk is clear. You’ll be encouraged to put stuff away, might find loose notes that can be discarded, and challenges you to think about how useful everything on your desk is. By keeping it on your mind regularly and making constant assessments and adjustments, you can keep your desk clean and free of distractions and use it for getting work done instead of storage.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sales and Coupons to Help You Get Organized

Everybody can stand to be more organized. Knowing where things are and where things go is an easy way to be more productive and maintain a less cluttered work space. Without a comfortable system, you can end up wasting time looking for things, missing important memos and deadlines, and feeling trapped by all the paperwork. This month we have several sales, coupons and rebates on products designed to help you sort everything out.

Let’s start with loose papers. If there are random sheets of paper around the desk, you can’t tell at first glance whether they require action or provide information or can be archived or tossed. Post-It flags are an easy way to at least spell that out. With a color-coded system, all you need to do is stick the right color flag on each paper as you see it and you’ll at least have a sense of what everything is, even if you aren’t able to get to it right away.

The ultimate objective, of course, is to clear your desk of papers. Once the work is done and papers are no longer needed, it’s easy enough to stash them in a file cabinet or toss them completely. When paperwork still needs to be done or may need to be recalled quickly, to the point where you’re tempted to keep them on the desk, try a file box. Similar to an expanding file, file boxes have plenty of compartments for organizing and archiving papers. These, however, have an overhead flap and sit upright, so you can keep it on your desk and open it easily for quick retrieval of any files you may need. You can put all your to-do work in the front pocket and it’ll be just as accessible as anything on your desk. It’s even portable for working on the go.

Check out our page to see all of our organization deals. Right now, find a coupon for a free Stow Away Crate with an order of $150!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Free Laminator Rebate From 3M

It’s hard to appreciate how useful a laminator is until you have one and start using it. Until you’ve got the tool at your disposal, you may not think about how many papers around your desk or posted around the office carry important information that should be preserved in case they’re damaged or accidentally discarded. Laminating is easy and not only protects sheets of paper, but makes them feel significant. Now, you have an opportunity to get a Scotch laminator free!

The TL-906 laminator has a short warm-up time, is easy to use, and has a feed mechanism designed to prevent jamming. It offers professional quality lamination in a small package. To claim a free one, all you need to do is buy five packs of laminating pouches, which are required to use the product anyway! This will qualify you for a rebate to get the laminator at no charge!

Two other rebates from 3M work much the same- buy the product to get the free dispenser! These dispensers go hand-in-hand with a sleek design and a fine rose gold color, and available with the purchase of one qualifying Post-It Note or Scotch Tape product. All three rebates run until June 30.

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Year, New Office! Freshen Your Workspace in 2017

Take a look around the desk in your office. It should be familiar and comfortable and efficient to you, but when’s the last time you made any major changes to it? Has your space evolved through the years or is it the same chair and monitor and lamp you had when you started? Are you sure they’re letting you be at your most productive? Every new year invites everyone to rethink who they are and to try some new things. Improving your office space is an easy place to start.

Check out our New Year, New Office page for a number of great ideas for big-ticket upgrades to your office. Does your desk space work for the way you use it? If you need more storage or your work surfaces need to be positioned better, a new desk may be worth the investment. Selected Bush and Hon desks are now on sale. If folders and record keeping space is becoming scarce, consider a new file cabinet from Lorell. How about your seating? If your current chair is wearing out or uncomfortable, we have models on sale from Alera, OIF, Lorell, and Hon.

This is also a good time to convert your desk into a sit-stand workstation. Standing desks allow you to work either sitting or standing, improving metabolism, alertness, and posture. We have several models available that adjust your keyboard and monitor to allow work from either position. Options on sale include Lorell and Victor for converters where the monitor stands on the surface, and Ergotron and Balt for models where the monitor (or monitors in dual screen stations) mounts.

In addition to all these great products on sale, our New Year, New Office page also has coupons available for any refurbishing. Right now, get $20 off an order with at least $100 worth of office decor products such as lamps, frames, or other decorations!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Setting Your 2017 Goals

Every new year, people make resolutions to... well, usually forget about a couple weeks. It’s always a good idea to think of ways to improve or advance yourself, and every new year is a time to think about that. But for it to come to anything, even the process of coming up with goals takes more thought and more structure. That’s the key to framing your plans in such a way that will motivate you to fulfill them.

Start by writing down everything you want to do this year. They could be important steps in your long-term career goals, recreational plans like visiting somewhere you’ve always wanted to see, or even something as simple as reading a particular book. The trick is to be specific and create a goal that you can look back on later and have no doubt whether or not you achieved it. Ideally, these goals don’t rely on too many outside influences or luck.

If you’re writing them out by hand, consider using different colors for each goal (or at least divide them into type like professional, family, or personal). It’s about improving your life; why not be colorful? This will help for the next part: think about how you’re going to do all this. You’ll find that most of these goals require specific steps to take that will get you closer to them- complete the proposal, research flights to your dream location, buy the book. Write these down in the same color. Do these have steps too? Continue going until you have a bunch of smaller, manageable tasks all building up to your big goals.

The next step is to set deadlines for all of these and add them to your calendar. If they aren’t time sensitive, spread them around the year so you’ll always have something to work on. If they involve a regular commitment, write it down whenever it’s needed. You’ll see your planner fill up with little goals, giving you something to work on every week, or perhaps even every day. Now you have a list of little things to do frequently that will lead to bigger and better achievements down the road.

The important thing to remember is to stay motivated to stick to your list. If you ever find yourself not wanting to do a task, imagine the big goal and decide if it’s worth the commitment. It’s okay to realize it isn’t and scratch something that may not be as important to you as you originally thought. It’s also okay to add more goals as you come up with them. Finally, feel free to make adjustments as alternate paths to your goal open up or setbacks require a new approach. Stay flexible, but stay committed until you hit the end!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Save on Business Essentials!

Happy 2017 from all of us at OfficeSupply.com! The new year brings with it a good time to think about the storeroom in the office. A year of hard work can drain the supply closet, so before anything runs out, determine what you need to stay productive with no supply shortages during the new year. We're here to help with deals on items that may need replenishment as the year begins.

Let's start with binders. Whether the meeting's about a proposal, a review, or just to present information, a well organized binder can help support a presentation and provide details for everyone to take back to their desk and peruse properly. Universal economy view binders are on sale in one inch or two inch sizes, offering plenty of space for loading information for clients or co-workers. As a view binder, they include sleeves for inserting a sheet into the spine or cover.

How is your supply of labels doing after all the holiday mailings? If you're in need of more and are on a budget, try Pres-A-Ply labels, an economical alternative from Avery. They come in the same sizes and use the same Avery templates, only without some of the innovations like Avery's Easy Peel. If you prefer, packs of those are on sale too!

Check out our Business Essentials page to save on these products, along with coupons for envelopes and legal pads. You'll also find rebates to score a free dispenser for Post-It notes or Scotch tape. Sales run through the end of January.