Back-to-school shopping is not just the kiddie anymore. If you have a home office, then you can get in on the fun too. A lot of the stuff students have on their list for school supplies is very similar to the things you will need in your office. So I have come up with a list of home office supplies to stock up and save money during the back-to-school school shopping season.
I’m all about stretching my dollar and saving a much as I can. So before I make any online purchases I log into my Rakuten account (aff link) to see which cash-back deals I can get. If you aren’t familiar with the site, it maybe because it use to be called Ebates which is a site where you can earn cash-back on your purchases. If you were a member of Ebates, you account has already been switch over but if you weren’t use my link to signup and received a $10 bonus. Also note that because of the switch, we can now receive cash-back on offline purchases too. YAY!
Fifteen Home Office Supplies to Stock up on During Back-to-School Time
ITEMS TO KEEP YOUR HOME OFFICE NICE AND TIDY
Fellowes Powershred H-8C 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Home and Deskside Paper Shredder with Safety Lock
My old shredder died on me and I’ve been looking to replace it with the same model. Unfortunately, it’s no longer being made. I’ve searched several sites until I came across this model on Amazon. It can shred up to 8 sheets of paper in the cross-cut pattern which is good for security, as well as shred credit/debit cards. It’s smaller than my broken shredder but works just as good.
Dymo 1749027 Letratag, LT100H, Personal Hand-Held Label Maker
I live in New York City so space is a premium, so I take advantage of different storage options. To make finding things easy I put a label on it. Since my Dymo label maker is pretty old, I’ve provided a link to a newer model.
Reliancer Set of 8 Self Inking Pre-Inked Office Stamp w/Tray
I’m not 100% digital in my business and I need to print things out from time to time. Especially for Tax Season. So to make life easier I thought about investing in some stamps. I found these on Amazon that I can use to either stamp directly on a sheet of paper or on the outside of a file folder to help keep my papers organized.
Western Digital Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive
I couldn’t leave you without an option for digital organization. After awhile I do convert some of my paper files to digital. I do use cloud-based storage but I also like backup things to hard drive. My brand of choice is Western Digital. They have a range of options from drive that can stay home to through you can take on the go with you.
I’ve become obsessed with sticky notes, so I’ve gathered a couple of options for you to check out.
Although, I am a techie at heart, I have found that using paper and pen to plan out my day, editorial calendar, etc. has been so helpful. I can get to caught up with what tech tool to use, so going “old school” is working for me. Here are some items I recommend if you want to get into paper planning.
Mead Composition Books, Classic Black Marble
Yes, a good old composition notebook can come in handy. I had a few laying around that still had quite a few unwritten sheets in them. I remove all of the old stuff and repurpose these notebooks for note-taking. They come in handy while attending webinars and working through online challenges I signed up for. I even use them to jot down notes so I’m not writing on random sheets of printer paper.
Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens
If you’re like me, you hate when you make mistakes and want your notes to look perfect. Most times I don’t have whiteout so I have made the switch to erasable pens.
Leuchtturm1917 Medium A5 Dotted Hardcover Notebook
I’m about to make the dive into Bullet Journaling. The go-to notebook is a Leuchtturm, although it has been said you can use anything.
For years I have been using the old standard highlighter that’s super bright and bleeds through to the other side of the paper. I learn about these super cool highlighters through the planner community. I can’t wait to get my first set in the mail. They will go great with my new colored-coded system my planner.
Sometimes I need to work outside of the home. I don’t know about you but I hate having to search for a pen in my bag. So here’s an idea of repurposing a makeup pouch as a pen/pencil case.
S’well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
No matter where you work, we need to stay hydrated. I switch between several different water bottles but here’s one that a little more stylish.
How could I forget to add some markers to the list. I love sharpie markers. Remember that you should never use these on white boards. It’s hell trying to get it off.
I’ve been researching the benefits of using essential oils. So when get my new home-office setup I will definitely add a diffuser to the decor.
I hope my list of home office supplies to stock up on has inspired you to get to shopping and get your home office in order. This by far is not a completed list because everyone has different needs for their businesses. I would love to get your thoughts.