Benefits of Stocking Up Your Breakroom


Finding it hard to stay energized and productive at work? Feeling tired and overworked? Breakrooms are meant to encourage a physical and mental break from a stressful workday. Stocking up your breakroom can help boost you and your coworkers’ performance in the long run. Here’s how:

 Fosters Healthy and Happy Employees 

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Stocking up the breakroom encourages mental breaks when you and your co-workers feel stressed out. Whole foods such as fruit and vegetables help nourish your body by providing the natural fuels it needs to take on the workday. Studies have revealed that people who maintain healthier eating habits are less likely to suffer from mood disorders and depression in the long run.

Boosts Morale and Productivity

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The foods we eat have a large impact on our productivity. When you eat food, your body converts it into glucose, your brain’s largest source of energy; the fuel you burn over the course of the day. You’ve likely experienced a slump at work where you were hungry and were less productive- this was likely because you didn’t have enough energy to power you through the day. Having the extra boost of food energy helps increase your mood and overall performance.

Encourages A Strong Workplace Culturefood fist Most office employees spend more time alone at their desk during the day than with coworkers. Stocking up the breakroom empowers employees to come together to converse and brainstorm with people they may not have otherwise. In the long-run, building a strong company culture fosters innovation and new ideas, creating a strong competitive advantage.

A well-stocked breakroom helps create an environment where you and your coworkers will feel refreshed, energized and ready to take on any workday.

How to Organize your Workspace for the New Year


Get Organized for the New YearOn January 1, it’s out with the old and in with the new. But have you ever applied that to your workspace? Take a look around and we guarantee you’ll spot some fossils.

At the workplace, we accumulate items just as we do at home. But between deadlines and demanding clients, we rarely have the time to give our desks a proper clean.

This time of year gives us a chance for resolution. So why not start with something as tangible and simple as organizing your workspace?

Donate, trash, keep

First, take stock. Create three piles labeled donate, trash and keep. Then, begin organizing the contents of your desk into that space. Leave no item behind. When you’re finished, the desk should be completely emptied into your piles.

Before you decide to keep the item, ask yourself when you used it last and when you’re likely to use it again. You can also apply the well-loved Marie Kondo method: if the item doesn’t give you joy, it belongs in the trash. In other words, if the pen always smudges or gives you a callus, maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a new one.

If it’s an extra stapler that you never use, donating to a colleague or charity goods organization could be the answer. For the trash pile, ask what can be recycled or composted. Many of your old documents can probably go into the compost heap!

Use that shredder

Often, we hold on to old documents because they contain sensitive information. If you want to maintain client privacy while shedding redundant documents, head to the shredder. It’ll lighten your load without compromising your business’ integrity.

Clean it up

When’s the last time your desk was bare? Now that your items are sorted into piles, give every surface a good dust and spray.

Create new organizing systems

Before you start returning items to your desk, reconsider your placement. Perhaps it makes sense to use that bottom drawer for shipping supplies and the top drawer for invoices, but you had everything wherever it fit in the past. Make note of opportunities that will make doing your job more seamless.

Dress it up

It’s amazing what a potted plant or picture frame can do. Studies show that personalizing your workspace can have major psychological benefits. So get down with some feng shui or add a pop of your favourite colour. You’ll thank yourself later.

Fun DiY Ideas Using Office Supplies


It’s time to unleash your creative side and take a look at how you can create fun and handy items using office supplies! Whether its binder clips lying around, or some extra binders, we have the perfect projects to make good use of your supplies.

Cable Organizer

No more tangling and unplugging the wrong thing! All you need is a couple of foldback clips and you’ll have a group of nicely organized cables.

 

Cord Labels

Another handy way to keep your cables neat and organized is by using masking tape! Cut the tape according to the size of the label you wish to have. Simply label your tape with a marker and wrap it around the specific cord.

 

Office Planter

Who doesn’t love a couple of plants on their desk? What better way to make your pots office friendly than with a floppy disk pot cover! All you need is a hot glue gun and five disks (if you still have them lying around). This pot cover fits a 4″ plant or smaller.

 

Laptop Stand

The things you can do with foldback clips are endless! Even preventing your laptop from overheating. Just grab 4 clips and some paper and you’ve got yourself a laptop stand.

 

Headphone Organizer

We told you the possibilities are endless with these foldback clips! Keep your headphones organized and tangle-free with this easy trick.

 

Binder Recipe Book

Another simple DiY project that only requires a binder and a utility knife. Keep your recipes clean and easy to read with this easy-to-make stand.

 

Book Binding

Depending on how many holes are punched into your papers, you’ll most likely only need a couple of paper clips and elastic bands. For this specific project – two paper clips and two elastic bands were needed for a two-hole punched project.

 

The Long Lost Earring Back

If you own earrings you’ve most likely lost an earring back or two, but don’t worry! A simple trick can save the day and keep you from having to stash your favourite earrings away. All you need is a pair of scissors/utility knife and a pencil eraser!

 

Zipper Pull Tab

Another DiY fixer-upper! Don’t go replacing that zipper when all you need is a simple paperclip! You can also choose different colours of paperclips to spice up your zipper’s look.

 

Masking the Shoe Scuff

If you have a pair of black shoes that happen to have a couple scuff marks on them, don’t throw them in the back of the closet just yet! Try this handy trick using a Sharpie permanent marker.

 

Bagel-To-Go

Don’t squish that delicious bagel in a sandwich bag! Clean out a round CD case and your bagel will fit perfectly inside. Great for those company picnics!

 

Paper Clip Hearts

The perfect added touch to a personal project or a gift! Create your very own heart-shaped paper clips by using a regular paperclip and some bending skills.

 

Will you try some of these DiY projects? They are all so fun, easy and can even solve a problem or two. We would love to hear what projects you’ve tried and how well they worked for you! Let us know in the comments below.