5 Ways to Use Easel Pads at the Office

Easel pads have been a staple of offices and classrooms for years. Some have been replaced by whiteboards and overhead projectors, but there are still plenty of places where a real-life paper pad makes more sense than an erasable board, or a technological solution. Here are some ways you might not have considered easel pads to be helpful!

1. Organizing Multiple Topics or Creating Discussion Stations

You might not have multiple white boards in a room, but you CAN have multiple easel pads. You might have them in different places in a room for interactivity, or side by side with different topics on each. Choose an easel pad in a value pack to get multiple pads at a great price.

2. A Parking Lot to Keep Meetings On Topic

Don’t let your discussion on Finances get derailed when someone brings up an employee wellness initiative. Put off-topic ideas and discussions in a ‘parking lot’ that can be returned to at another time.

3. Brainstorming

Collect and narrow down ideas in your next meeting by using an easel pad. Participants can add their ideas in different colors of markers or Post-Its, and you can easily start a new sheet to drill down on specific concepts without being distracted by previously mentioned ideas. Use an unruled easel pad to avoid too much structure and encourage sketches, charts, and more.

4. Temporary Lists and To-Dos

You might not always have a need for a dry erase board to be hanging in your office, but an easel pad is a great temporary option for your next project or a particularly busy season. Use a self-stick option for a way to keep multiple lists handy without screws or tape!

5. Back-to-Back Meetings

If you’ve got back-to-back meetings or sessions in one room, an easel pad allows the first presenter to tear off their notes and allow the next presenter to move in, without taking time to erase a white board.

Perry Office Plus is Central Texas’ source for easel pads and other meeting supplies! Visit our website to shop today: www.perryop.com

10 Products that Make You Feel More Organized Just Looking at Them

Feeling a little overwhelmed at the office and looking to de-clutter and get organized? Here are 10 office products to inspire you to organized greatness!

12-Compartment Organizer with Mesh Drawers
Organize much? You’ll enjoy every one of the 12 drawers here.

Master Vision Magnetic Calendar Combo Board, 48 x 18
So much organization in a shorter height, perfect for underneath overhead storage or in a cubicle. Feels like the best way to start a day. Right after coffee.

Post-It Full Adhesive Roll
Use it as a note or label! The Super Sticky adhesive sticks securely and removes cleanly and the dispenser allows you to pull and cut the perfect length every time. You can use it as a sticky note to leave reminders and notes, or use it as a label to identify rooms, doors, supply baskets, tool boxes, shelves, tubs, and more. The full adhesive back means  it won’t peel up until you’re ready to remove it!

Safco White Mesh Organizer
Use it as an inbox, a to-do box, or to keep on-going projects close at hand. Five 1″ wide vertical sections hold file folders, slim binders, magazines and more, while three 1″ horizontal sections accommodate any letter-size document. How fresh and fun is that white, right?

HON Flaghship File Cabinet
At 30″ high, this multipurpose filing and storage cabinet can also double as part of your worksurface. Check out the link for other configurations. And don’t forget our Furniture Team can help you find just the right storage for your needs — just call 800-234-6605!

Smead Expanding Project Organizer
One of our favorites around the office — this has 10 pockets for keeping track of multiple projects — or multiple parts of a larger project. Keep track of project progress, contacts and notes, all in one place.

Pendaflex Assorted Clear Poly Index Folders
This 10-pack of file sleeves is a great way to put a visual with your ongoing projects. Durable poly folders have color-coded strips, plus white, write-on tab at top for color-coded organization.

Smead Cascading Wall Organizer
Save desk space by utilizing often overlooked wall space! The six cascading pockets are removable to make viewing and access to documents easy, and an elastic cord closure allows you to contract all the pockets and secure them for transport. Bonus: It adds a pop of color to your workspace!

Safco Onyx Mesh Mobile File
Ever wish you could roll that file cabinet out of the way? This a great option, with two supply drawers, a file drawer, a top shelf, and sturdy casters to keep you rolling through your day.

Dymo LabelManager 500TS
Now THAT’S a label maker! This touchscreen, handheld label has a full-color screen that allows you to easily change fonts, format text, and add graphics to your customized labels. Compatible with labels from 1/4″ to 1″ widths, you’ve got a lot of options for getting everything labeled and in its place.

Shop the Perry Office Plus website at perryop.com for many more organization tools and supplies!

8 Gifts for Your Messy Co-worker (or the Office Neat Freak)

Need some ideas for the co-worker or friend who always has a clutter-covered desk, and just can’t seem to get it together? Or maybe your cube-mate is intensely tidy and appreciates gifts that help them stay that way. Here are 8 great ideas (and you can get them all from Perry Office Plus):

1. Stick-N-Find Bluetooth Location Trackers

Perfect for the person who misplaces everything! This set of 2 Bluetooth tracking tags use a free app to locate anything it’s attached to. Shop on perryop.com (SMD02218)

2. Grip-A-Strip Display Rail, 12 x 1 1/2, Aluminum Finish

This streamlined alternative to bulletin boards lets you display important papers, posters and other items up to 1/8″ thick, without the need of tacks, pins or tape that can get lost. Shop on perryop.com (AVT1025)

3. Bankers Box Premiere 6-Piece Organization Kit

This lightweight kit contains one eight-compartment sorter, one four-compartment organizer, one three-drawer organizer with bin and three magazine files. Made of corrugated cardboard with 60% recycled content. Shop now on perryop.com (FEL7647801)

4. Smead Project Organizer

This multi-pocket organizer includes pre-printed templates for optimal organization and project planning! Shop on perryop.com (SMD89200)

5. Dotz Cord Catcher

Keep charging cords from dropping behind desk or workstation. Holds up to four cords in two channel sizes. Weighted, non-stick silicone base grips to surface without leaving residue. Shop at perryop.com (PRBDCC40MCK)



6. Monitor Riser

Puts your monitor at a comfortable height, plus it has a mini sorter and accessory tray on the top shelf (or you can use them separately). Shop at perryop.com (FEL8037401)

Justick Bulletin Board by Smead

7. Smead Justick Bulletin Board

With just 4 batteries, this bulletin board uses an electric charge to hold items — no pins or magnets, since you know, those get lost pretty easily. Watch the brief video on this great new line of products. Ask your Perry Office Plus rep about it today!

HON Flagship Mobile Pedestal with Seat Cushion Top

8. Mobile File Pedestal with Seat Cushion

Store, move, sit… Add the optional seat cushion top to the HON Flagship mobile pedestal and you’ve got a multi-purpose piece of furniture that will roll away under a worksurface, serve as an extra seat (or stacking area, for the stacking types), and has plenty of room to keep files and other items off your desk. Contact the Perry Office Plus Furniture team for a quote!

What to Consider Before You Choose a Standing Desk

The benefits of a standing or height-adjustable worksurface have been touted for several years now, from increasing blood flow to even burning a few extra calories. But is it for you?

While studies have shown that breaking up a sedentary workday with standing does have benefits, the most important thing is to simply avoid any single position — sitting or standing — for long periods of time. A sit-to-stand workstation is certainly one way to keep this in check.

If you’re thinking of making the switch to standing or height-adjustable worksurface, here are a few things to consider:

Try before you buy.

We suggest a trial period before committing to standing desk. Prop up your monitors with whatever is available – or get a sample from Perry Office Plus! – and try it for several days before making an investment.

Adjustable or fixed?

A stationary, standing height desk with a tall chair allows for both sitting and standing without moving parts.

More or less movement?

If you don’t plan to switch from sitting to standing very often, you can save money with a hand-crank option, while a pneumatic or electric option may be a better solution for more frequent adjustments. Electric desks can also be preset to your custom height preferences.

Don’t forget the tech!

How will you adjust your monitors and keyboard? We suggest mounting your monitors so they can also be set to correct ergonomic height when you switch from sitting to standing. If you use a keyboard tray, this can be mounted as well.

Let us help!

We’ll assess your current work area, listening to your needs, help you select and even install the sit-to-stand solution that’s right for you. Our consultants can answer your questions and get you set up quickly and easily. Contact the Perry Furniture Team: (800) 234-6605 or furniture@perryop.com

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Reconfigure Your Cubicles into a New Office Layout That WORKS


Cubicle Reconfiguration

The Perry Office Plus install team reassembles our Customer Support cubicles in a different layout after moving them from another room in our Temple, Texas headquarters.

Your office is changing. It’s time to relocate, add or reduce staff, maybe just clean the carpet or do some remodeling. But what about those cubicles?

Whether your needs have changed and you need to move/rearrange, or you just need to clear out your cubicles temporarily for some reason, there’s a solution – and we’ve got it. Here’s how the process works.

1. Take inventory.

Perry Office Plus Furniture Consultants often are called upon to take inventory of a customers’ existing cubicle setup to know which parts are in good working order and can be reused in an alternate layout. This includes everything from panel walls and worksurfaces, all the way down to brackets and tackboards. We locate power and data wall outlets or ceiling drops and measure the room.

2. Determine your goals.

Need more worksations? Moving your team to a different building or space? You’ll discuss any needs with your Perry Office Plus Furniture Consultant. Luckily, many cubicle systems and modular furniture can be reconfigured to accommodate different arrangements with the same parts. It’s a great way to get the most bang for your buck.

This is also the time to add storage, update seating, increase worksurface lighting, or add accessories like articulating monitor arms.

3. Plan your new space.

Once our Consultants know the starting point and your goal for the cubicles, they will input the parts list into space planning software and create a new configuration of workstations with the same parts. We’ll even provide computer renderings to show you the new layout before proceeding.

4. Determine additional parts or storage needed.

Depending on your goal, you might need only a few extra pieces to make it happen. For larger expansions, we’ll make recommendations for pieces that will flow visually with your current system, if possible, and help keep your budget intact. And if the space is available, we can often assist with storing your furniture until the new space is ready.

5. Install your new layout.

Once you’ve cleared your worksurfaces, emptied your storage, and removed any phone/data cabling, our professional installation team will use the drawings created earlier to tear down and rebuild your system and create your new cubicle layout.

So, whether you are moving, adding staff or changing your workflow, we can help you get where you want to go. Request a consultation by calling our Furniture Department at (800) 234-6605 or use the Request a Quote form on our website. 

Posture Tips for a Healthier Workday

bad postureMom was right to tell you to stop slouching and sit up straight. Not only does good posture make you look taller and more confident, it also increases energy, improves breathing and keeps your back pain free. Good posture ensures that you’re placing the least amount of strain on muscles and tendons. Whether sitting in front of the computer, standing, walking or lifting, always practice good posture.


  • Keep your feet a comfortable distance apart, no more than the breadth of your shoulders, with your weight distributed evenly.
  • Imagine a vertical line drawn from the center of your head through your shoulders and down to your pelvis. This is your best standing posture.
  • If you stand for prolonged periods in the same spot, use a rubber or cushioned floor mat.


  • Counter the slouch by pushing your buttocks all the way to the back of the seat and let your pelvis support your weight, making it easier to maintain good posture.
  • Your knees should bend at a right angle and be about the same level as your hips. Use a small foot rest under your feet if needed.
  • Avoid unbalanced postures such as crossing legs unevenly, leaning to one side, hunching the shoulders or tilting the head.
  • Give your shoulders and back muscles a break by using the arm rests.


  • Many people lean forward when they walk, stressing the back. Walk without tensing neck muscles, while keeping your pelvis straight and head level. With good posture, your head should almost feel weightless.
  • Avoid flat-footed, “stomping,” but instead land softly on the heel, transferring weight onto the ball of the foot and finally the toes.


  • Plan before you lift.
  • Keep objects close to your body, rather than carried with outstretched arms.
  • Even with light objects, maintain a straight back and use knee-bending actions — not back-bending actions.
  • Tighten your ab muscles for extra support.
  • If lifting is part of your regular daily routine, consider investing in a back support.


  • Practice good sitting posture, as described above.
  • Keep your arms and wrists aligned.
  • Place your monitor at arm’s length when seated in front of it, and at your natural, resting eye position to avoid tilting your head to view the screen.
  • Adjust the monitor’s brightness, contrast and font size to comfortable levels.
  • When typing, keep your arms parallel to your legs.
  • Relax your upper arms and shoulders.

Unfortunately, poor posture can easily become a habit, causing chronic discomfort. The good news is, the main factors affecting posture and ergonomics are completely under your control. By following the advice above you can prevent the problems associated with poor posture and stay healthy, productive, and most importantly, pain free all day long.

Being Grateful: Perry People Brag on their Furniture


In the spirit of Thanksgiving (and office furniture), we asked some of the Perry Office Plus team what they like best about their office furniture or workspace:

Debbie, Promotional Products Sales

“I am grateful for our amazingly comfortable break room that makes having lunch here more enjoyable than leaving to grab fast food — helps me relax and saves me money!”

The Perry Office Plus break room features HON Preside tabels and Motivate seating. The bar-height tables feature power plugs.

The Perry break room features HON Preside tables and Motivate seating. The bar-height tables feature power plugs.

Jessica, Furniture Dept.

“I am extremely grateful for my tasklight. I sit in a corner that’s a little darker, so it helps give me enough light to work. Plus, it moves around so I can adjust to different areas on my desk.  I LOVE IT.”

Jessica has the VIVID-LE Two-Arm LED Task Light by ESI, with a 50,000 hour life, 180° rotation at the light source and 360° rotation on the base.

Shelli, COO

“I really love my Allsteel Relate chair because I am short and it is one of the few chairs that I have been able to custom fit for great comfort.”

With all the adjustments available on the Allsteel Relate, it can be custom fit to accommodate 90% of people, from the 5th percentile woman to 95th percentile man.

Bonnie, Marketing

“My monitor arms make having dual monitors so much easier. I can easily turn and share my screen with someone across my desk, and even move them out of the way when I need more space for tasks at my desk.”

Dual Monitor Arms free up desk space and allow for easier screen movement for collaborating, etc.

Monitor arms free up desk space and allow for easier screen movement for collaborating, etc.

Lea, Furniture Dept.

“I like the HON Voi desks we use because they let me store so much stuff. The layering shelves allow me to organize books and papers into categories. I also like our shared worksurface and the ‘mixed materials’ look.”

HON Voi features a huge variety of layering options for storage and worksurfaces.

HON Voi features a huge variety of layering options for storage and worksurfaces.

What are you grateful for in terms of your furniture or workspace? If there isn’t much to be thankful for there, give our Furniture Consultants a call and find out what we can do to help!

HON prices are going up in January so don’t forget our current promotion on HON Voi desking and HON Endorse task and lounge seating to help you save NOW. 
Save 10% if you order by November 30, 2014! Download the flyer here.