Fun with Office Products

Express Yourself!

Express Yourself!

Spring is in the air! Flowers and flowering trees will be blooming and it’s time for spring cleaning. It’s also the perfect time to refresh your office and express yourself. Get rid of those boring black plastic trays and run-of-the-mill desk accessories! Update your workspace with stylish new desktop collections and colors!

Want to add some elegance to your personal space? Try the Ellypse Collection. This product line is not only sophisticated, it is also made from extra strong and shock resistant materials.

How to Have Fun in the Office

How to Have Fun in the Office

Last week I wrote about the fact that employees like to feel appreciated.  Well, something else employees like is to have fun at work.  An occasional prank or practical joke helps to lighten the mood and make everyone's day a little more enjoyable.  From time to time, I search the web for posts about office humor and boy, did I find a good one this time!  

From the site 5funfacts.com, I give you excerpts from 23 people Who Know How to Shake Up a Dull Working Day at the Office

Show Your Team Spirit With NFL Chairmats!

Show Your Team Spirit With NFL Chairmats!

It's football season (YAY!) and I've got a great way for you to show your team spirit!

Deflecto has a new line of NFL Team Chairmats.  They're made from clear PVC and feature the logo of your favorite NFL team.  Available in a variety of rectangular sizes, thicknesses and surface types, they are made in the USA and have a manufacturer's one year limited warranty.   Here are a few examples:

What We Do When We're Not Hard At Work

What We Do When We're Not Hard At Work

Did I spark your interest with that title?  Ha ha - fooled you!  You thought I was going to post embarrassing pictures of my coworkers goofing around, didn't you?  (Ok, well, I sort of am.)

Many of you know some of our staff.  You may have a friendly relationship with your route driver, your account manager or the customer service rep you frequently speak with, so I thought it would be fun to do a blog about the things OEX staffers like to do in their spare time.  Kind of a "get to know us better" blog.

So here goes:

Product Quick Take - Stix Classpack Scented Markers

Product Quick Take - Stix Classpack Scented Markers

It's that time of year - Back to School season!  The kids are depressed that summer's almost over and the schools are gearing up for the new school year.  Teachers are making lesson plans and ordering supplies for their classrooms.

Today's Product Quick Take is a great item for the classroom - Mr. Sketch Stix Classpack Scented Markers. 

New Product Quick Take - Designer Bookmark Dividers

New Product Quick Take - Designer Bookmark Dividers

This one's for the women in my audience.  I don't mean to be politically incorrect, but honestly, I just don't see a guy wanting any of these.  Ladies, if you keep a journal, use a planner or appointment book or just want an easy way to subdivide a ring binder but you don't want or need whole index dividers, this product is for you!

Introducing the Avery Snap-In Plastic Bookmark Dividers.

Fun With Scissors

Fun With Scissors

My house is not beige.  I am not decorating it so that somebody I sell it to years down the road will be happy - I am decorating it with what I like so that I will be happy while I live in it.  And I like COLOR.  (Having said that, my decorating kind of stalled and the house is a bit of a hodgepodge.   One of these days I may finish..............)

What does all that have to do with scissors?  Well, Fiskars and Westcott have some totally fun scissors to dress up your desk and make your day more fun when you use them.  They're not your normal, boring, solid-colored scissors. 

Fun With Office Products - Alternative Uses for Thumb Tacks

Fun With Office Products - Alternative Uses for Thumb Tacks

Yep.  I said thumb tacks.  

Creative people never cease to amaze me.  How many different things can you think of to do with a thumb tack?  I couldn't come up with very many, but I'm not a really creative person.  I happened upon a blog post recently on www.brit.co about clever ways to repurpose office supplies and the writer has some really cute ideas.  Here are a few of them:

Fun Facts about....the Ballpoint Pen

Fun Facts about....the Ballpoint Pen
  • That the ballpoint pen was invented in 1899 in Budapest by a journalist who got the idea from watching a child roll a marble through a puddle?
  • An American version debuted in New York City in 1945, for $12.50 each.  Gimbel's Department store sold over $100,000 in pens that day.  

The 21st Century Paper Clip

The 21st Century Paper Clip

There have been so many times that I sat at my desk wishing that I had invented the sticky note or the paper clip - seemingly simple items that made somebody other than me a lot of money.  Why can't I come up with an ingenious idea so I can be filthy rich?  Just think of all the paper clips that are used in all the offices and homes throughout the world - it's staggering.

Creative Ways to Reuse K-cups

Creative Ways to Reuse K-cups

In case you've missed all the hubbub, there is a lot of conversation going on right now about how environmentally unfriendly K-cups are.  It is a valid point - the plastic is not biodegradable or recyclable (in the traditional sense) and they just end up in a landfill. According to a March 2, 2015 article by James Hamblin, published in The Atlantic, in 2014 enough K-cups were sold that if placed end-to-end, they would circle the globe somewhere between 10.5 and 12 times.

2015 - The Year of Fashionable Office Supplies

2015 - The Year of Fashionable Office Supplies

Ladies - Are you tired of carrying the same BORING black tote bags and using run-of-the-mill office supplies?  Does your office look tired?  Do you feel tired sitting in your office?

Well, give it some life!  Who says corporate has to be drab?  Sure, there are certain types of office supplies that have always come in colors (file folders, correction tape, pens, highlighters, sticky notes) but I'll bet I've got some here that you haven't seen.  Let's give your office some pizzazz!