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Office Supplies Buying Guide

There is nothing worse than being in an office and suddenly running out of fax paper  or ink cartridges . When this happens, the whole building goes into panic, and the first person to get to Staples is the only one with a year end bonus. Everything is in a state of chaos while the gaffer frantically dials all the on-line office depots in the data bank--and demands an overnight shipment as of yesterday. Maybe keeping a nice little check-list of indispensable supplies will prevent those uncomfortable stolen stapler strip searches--which you realize the security guards enjoy way too much.

In order to prevent stock issues, here is what you should always keep around the office.

Organisation

 With all the files, the data, and the constant need for quick access, only the highest level of organisation can reduce office employee stress and early onset heart attacks. File Cabinets  are the most important thing you can have in an office. These cabinets should be stocked with lots of binders  and file folders  that contain useful data. To further break down the system, we have dividers  that create subcategories within the system. If outside information is necessary, you can usually find it in the bookcases , which typically contain books. Your daily planners  will keep your schedules in check and your portfolio  or briefcase  can carry essential documents to the presentations. But don't forget to laminate  those documents; they will need to withstand the rough handle of the meeting.

Desk Necessities

 Push Pins  or thumb tacks  will fasten all those random reminders you've written onto your cork notice board . If unable to type these notes, you may wish to keep some Post-Its  handy for a quick jot down, or, if you decide to get fancy and type them up, make sure you buy multi-purpose office paper  since it works on most of the machines you need to use. Read our guide on paper for more in-depth information on this topic--it's titillating! Once you have reached the point of crowding, you may want to keep things a bit more organized with a binder. Just grab your trusty hole puncher  and jab those babies with holes in prefect harmony with the binder rings. If it is necessary to keep certain papers together, a stapler  may be of use, and since you are so nature-friendly, do not waste another piece of paper just because you made one little typo. Use your liquid paper  to correct it.

Other items you may need are:

Presentations

 Dry Eraser Boards  are great for keeping at the desk or bringing to a presentation. More often than not, the presentation room will feature a giant eraser board that will put yours to shame. Do not be alarmed; although you practised presenting with the mini one, the giant dry eraser board is even better--embrace it. All your preprepared items can be carried in the presentation folder , and you can clip them to the board via magnetic clips . Use the laser pointer  so conveniently tucked into your breast pocket when you wish to indicate specific data.

P.S. Don't forget to brush up on your powerpoint skills with the Guide to Microsoft Powerpoint , you know, in case there is a projector  and they expect a little more from you. 

Mailing

 To mail an item you may want to take letter paper , possibly with an official letterhead, and write the content clearly and concisely with a pen  or a pencil --this is, of course, if you are not typing it. Securely place the letter inside an envelope  folding in three sections, and then in the left hand corner add the return address with a label . If it is a fragile package, you may want to bandage it with some plushy bubble wrap .

Don't forget the stamps.