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The History of Paper Towels

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Scott Paper Company invents paper towels

Paper towels have become commonly used elements today, but their history dates to 1879 when Clarence and Irvin Scott – two brothers from Philadelphia founded their paper company. They began to manufacture tissue papers and 1000 sheets were part of a roll, which was sold for ten cents each.


The item was first considered for medical use and print ads helped in addressing embarrassment and increasing awareness. The head of Scott Paper Company, Arthur Scott once had a whole railroad car filled with paper. It was deemed useless because the rolls were very thick and unfit for use as toilet tissues.


Scott saves the day

Scott soon found out about a particular teacher in Philly who had come up with an idea to battle against colds in the school. Every student with a runny nose was handed a piece of soft paper so that germs wouldn’t contaminate the roller towels placed in toilets.


Scott then decided to try and convince the school to purchase the carload of paper. The thick paper was perforated into rather small towel-sized sheets before they were sold to railroad stations, restaurants and hotels for public washroom use.


The birth of paper towels 

Come 1931, the company and Scott realized that paper towels had huge potential. A brand new grocery category was created in the early 1930s and paper towels were manufactured specifically for kitchen use. These rolls were eighteen inches long and thirteen inches wide, and given the convenience they brought to the average household, paper towels gained acceptance before replacing cloth towels.

How To Do Organize Your Office

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Reason to Organize Office File Folders

The efficiency of an office can be judged by how its file folders are organized. If you do not implement a uniform filing system, then your office can quickly turn into a disorganized place. Get a file cabinet, labels and folders, and you can then have a number of options for organizing the folders in a method that will help you and your colleagues to access materials effortlessly.

How To Organize Your Office 

You can organize the office file folders if you do the following. This method of organization is known as simple alphabetical organization.

  1. Organize the office file folders in an alphabetical manner in case you have a considerable number of contacts or customers that must be maintained. You can use standard colored or manila folders to correspond to each contact.

  2. Write the last name of a contact, put a comma, and then write the first name on label and put it on the lip of the folder, which contains the information related to the contact.

  3. Distinguish the outside of every drawer by placing the first letter of last names located in a particular drawer for quick and easy reference. For example, write “A-F”, “S-Z”

Maintaining an Organized Office

Once you have achieved order in your file folders arrangement, keeping them organized is quite simple. Once you have finished your work on a document, simply file it. Organization in the folders should be from newest to oldest. The end of the year should preferably see you reviewing your files and throwing away any irrelevant material. You can scan your documents to form digital copies and save it electronically.

How to Stay Germ Free in the Office

Monday, July 07, 2014

According to latest studies, over 70 percent of employees in the US have admitted to come to office while being sick. Workplace is also one of the places where most airborne, waterborne and food borne germs and diseases spread rampantly. Places such as the keyboard in your office can have very high concentrations of bacteria that can get you sick. Here are some simple tips to keep your office germ free.

Hand sanitizer wipes

Hand sanitizer wipes are among the most effective ways to prevent any possibilities of contracting germs. These are more effective than hand sanitizing gels and make sure that your hands are clean. This is because; these wipes contain over 60 percent alcohol, which means when you use them, your hands would be cleaner than a wash with warm soap water. However, it is not advisable to use wipes with alcohol concentration exceeding 90 percent as this can render you vulnerable to several problems if any cracks or dry skin is present.

Sanitize your desk

There are a variety of sanitizers available that can be used for different purposes. You can use sanitizer wipes to clean your desk at least once a day. These wipes contain Lysol and other disinfectants that keep germs away along with light fragrances such as lemon and zest of orange to leave a fresh fragrance behind on your desk enhancing it's appeal and enabling you to maintain a well organized workspace. 

Setting Up a Home Office

Sunday, June 29, 2014

When setting up a home office from scratch, you could feel confused or overwhelmed. Deciding which items are important and which are not can be a daunting task if you don’t know what you are hoping to achieve with the new office.

One of the first steps you should take when creating a home office is to dedicate a single room to the purpose and analyze the space to determine where you will place different elements. After you have listed the essential elements, you can start by organizing the items and placing them in the right order. 

 Essentials You Will Need

Regardless of the type of work you will be doing at your home office, it is safe to assume that certain items are a prerequisite. For example, a computer dedicated to your work can be helpful with research, documents, creating presentations, and for many other tasks. Choose a reliable high speed internet service to ensure that your work is not interrupted and you are always open for communication with other professionals like your clients, colleagues and bosses.

You should also invest in a quality desk that is adequate for all your needs, is strong and designed for comfort. Ensure that the chair you choose when working on your computer is designed for comfort and is efficient in helping you focus. Other important factors you should consider when setting up a home office include proper lighting, dedicated telephone line, network routers, necessary software, office stationery like file folders and calendar, backup hard drives, file cabinets, power backup, storage boxes, printers and paper shredders.

Essentials Needed for Your Tax Return

Monday, June 02, 2014

When it’s time to fill their returns, people are usually unorganized and thus end up wasting a lot of time and money to get a simple yet important job done. Office supplies such as Tyvek envelopes and tax forms can be purchased in bulk any time of year so that you can make the most of inexpensive pricing and more importantly, be ready with the essentials when they are needed most.    


Tax forms and folders

 Tax forms must be properly filled in before your returns are filed. Pressboard folders can be used to safely store the forms as you can put everything together instead of leaving it here or there and having it misplaced. Depending on how many papers you must store, you can choose between pressboard folders, classification folders and two-pocket folders. Fastener folders are also available if you’re looking for effective and reliable solutions.


Are you filing your own returns?

People usually hire accountants to file their returns. However, there is a good number of the American population that prefers to do the job by itself. In such a case, you will need a good calculator to start off. Common office supplies such as pens and pencils will also be required to compute figures. If you’re going to be doing your own taxes, then it is recommended that you purchase your Tyvek envelopes and other office accessories in bulk from a reliable vendor whether it is on the internet or from your locality.


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