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The supplies you need to keep your office running smoothly

There is a sinking feeling that you get when working in your home office or at your job when your last pen runs out of ink or there is no more toner for the copier. Keep that feeling at bay by ensuring you have all the office supplies you need on hand to get your work done properly. Check out our low prices, every day, on everything you need to supply your office.

Writing supplies

Even though most offices, even home offices, get most things done via computer, writing has not completely gone out of style. Whether for writing personal or business letters or other correspondence, taking notes or signing documents, everyone still needs pens. Most pens come in blue or black ink, but there are many colored ink pens available as well (red is especially useful for teachers and professors). Although you can buy pens individually, it is convenient to buy them in bulk, such as in packs of four to 24. The most common pens are ballpoint, but you can also choose from gel, rollerball and fountain pens. Fountain and calligraphy pens use ink that comes in bottles and are reminiscent of the writing instruments used for hundreds of years. Pens also make terrific professional gifts.

Pencils are must-have items for students and are nice to have for everyone else too. Look for pencils with erasers on the end, although we also sell erasers that you hold by hand or add as a replacement for a worn eraser. Make sure you have a good pencil sharpener as well. A handheld sharpener works but opt for an electric or battery-powered one for quicker and easier sharpening and more precision. Permanent markers are also good to have on hand for labeling items, while washable colored markers are ideal for kids to use since they don't stain clothing or tables. Highlighters make it easier to study as you can highlight information you need to remember later for exams. If you have a dry erase board, you will want to have dry erase markers and an eraser to use with it.

Office organizers

A messy desk or office makes it difficult to get work done. Organize your space properly with our organizational supplies. Desk organizers make it possible to keep the things you use frequently like pens, paper clips and sticky notes within reach but neatly stored. If you have notes, reports or other documents that you need to keep handy and together in one place, binders and sheet protectors are a quick and easy solution. If you use a file cabinet or file frame, hanging file folders allow you to keep documents and files neat and orderly when you need them. Make sure to have a few file boxes on hand to store folders and documents after you are done using them on a regular basis. When everything has its place, it's easier to stay organized and find it again in a snap when you need it. Bookends are handy to have when you want to keep books or binders within reach.

Paper

Copy paper is one of those office supplies you never want to run out of. Copy paper comes in reams of 500 sheets, and most are either letter-sized (8.5 inches by 11 inches) or legal-sized (8.5 inches by 14 inches). Although you can buy reams individually, it is more cost-efficient to purchase boxes of them that come in 1,500 or 2,500 sheets, especially when you use several reams per month. Copy paper is rated both on its weight and brightness, with common brightness levels between 88 and 92 and 20-pound weight paper also being common. College-rule lined paper is something you want to have on hand if you have students in the house or someone who does a lot of writing by hand. In addition, other papers to have on hand include colored paper for projects and photo paper for printing pictures.

Other office items

A list of the items that make an office run smoothly is a long one, but here are some basic items every office should have:

  • Adhesive tape is something you probably use all the time and is available in easy to cut dispenser or roll form
  • Packaging tape is good to have on hand when you have items to ship
  • Glue, such as glue sticks, allow you to bind items together permanently
  • scissors are another item you probably use daily and should have a couple of pairs of in your office
  • Paper clips and binder clips make it easy to keep important papers together at least temporarily
  • Staples and staplers make it possible to keep documents together on a more permanent basis
  • Rulers are nice to have when questions of length come up (they also make nice back scratchers, too)
  • Sticky notes allow you to write down information you want to remember and place it somewhere temporarily where you will see it
  • Rubber bands let you bind things together that cannot be bound with clips
  • envelopes, both personal-sized and business-sized are handy when it comes time to mail important papers
  • Calendars and planners, such as those that go on your desk, allow you to keep track of important dates, such as meetings or other events so you stay on top of what matters most
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