I have previously written posts on my favourite supplies for writing and for art journaling, and now I would like to use this post to highlight some of my other favourite supplies that are not pens, pencils, or paper. Some of these are familiar office supplies that most of you probably own, while others are a bit more obscure.
- Hole punch - In high school I owned a cheap hole punch that attached to the rings of my binder and only punched 2 sheets of paper at a time. It was painful to use it if I had a large amount of papers to punch, so in university I bought myself a real hole punch (mine's from Swingline) and I am honestly not kidding when I say that it was one of the best purchases I made in my university years. This hole punch made my life better by saving me time and relieving a lot of unnecessary stress on my hand (from punching holes with my cheap hole punch). And I always found it fun to use as well. I don't need to punch holes in too many papers these days, but my Swingline hole punch is still one of my essential supplies.
- Stapler - This was another essential from high school and university, as almost every assignment I completed needed to be printed out and stapled together. The stapler I used in those years was my pocket-sized Swingline stapler. This stapler is comfortable to use, small enough to fit in most pencil cases, capable of stapling almost anything that a large stapler can, and it incorporates both a staple remover and a space to store extra staples.
- Loose-leaf rings - No one ever mentions these, but I have used them for years and I love them. I mainly use them as a form of simple, temporary binding to hold together 8½ x 11-inch pieces of scrap paper for writing rough drafts and lists. I've also used them to hold together stacks of flash cards.
- Binder clips - I only discovered binder clips in the last few years, but I love them as well. They're much better than traditional paper clips as they can clip together much thicker stacks of paper. I mainly use them to hold together small pieces of scrap paper to form rough notepads, but I've also used them to hold notebook pages open, as clamps to hold together things that are being glued, or as simple stands. If you're bored, you can also make sculptures out of them (see below).
- Graphing calculator - This was a requirement for my high school math class many years ago, but I still use it several times a week today. While I usually don't need to draw graphs (although, being the geek that I am, sometimes I make graphs just for fun) or use the advanced functions anymore, it's still my favourite calculator to use. It has a large screen that shows every number and operation you enter, so you can easily see exactly what you're calculating. (If you're curious, my graphing calculator is a Texas Instruments TI-83+; it's quite old so I assume that much newer versions are now available.)
What are your favourite office supplies? Do they include any less conventional items? And does anyone other than me still use a calculator regularly?