Upgrade Your Office in a Big Way with Small Changes

Whether you have your computer in your office, bedroom or designated computer room, changing up your space is something most people try to put off to avoid inconveniencing themselves, but it doesn’t have to be as hard as you think. Check out our tips on how to upgrade your office with small changes that will take no time.

Storage

You want to have everything organized and filed away so your space won’t look so cramped and overwhelmed. If you already have a file cabinet, consider upgrading to change the color scheme of your space to inspire creativity and shake things up a little, although it’s just a file cabinet, it can influence the overall appearance of your space. If file cabinets aren’t really your style or you want to try something different, consider getting a small storage cabinet that has open shelving rather than exclusively drawers. Storage cabinets are great if you have trinkets you want to show off and add to your room’s overall personality.

Click here to check out our Meritline File Cabinet in Dark Brown (also comes in Beige)

Merax Solid Mobile 3 Drawer File Storage Cabinet (Espresso)

 

Click here to check out our Meritline Standing File Storage Cabinet in Sonoma Oak

Merax Standing File Storage Cabinet, Office Organizer, Sonoma Oak

Detailed Organization

Take the time to make a place for all of your smaller items and organize your desk so it is easier to locate them and put important documents in places of priority to assure you won’t forget about them. Taking small steps to further the detailed organization in your office could help lower stress levels since you are easily able to find everything you need, along with possibly increasing the speed in which you finish work you need to get done.

Try our Multi-functional Pencil Holder complete with alarm clock, indoor temperature and timer

Pencil Holder with LCD Alarm Clock, Calendar, Indoor Temperature and Timer Mode

 

Find a place for everything with our Merax Desk Organizer in Brown

Merax Desk Organizer, Dark Brown

 

Add Wall-Art

A great way to change up your space is to add your favorite movie poster, a framed family photo or anything in between on the walls in your office space. Being constantly surrounded by blank walls can get dull and subconsciously influence your work ethic. Bring some life back by adding some type of image to your walls or even a cheesy inspirational quote (Just Do It by Nike anyone?) a poster can run you as low as $5 and the only labor required is taping it up to the wall or using push pins. Framed art could be slightly trickier due to the weight but will also look more professional if that is what you are going for. We found this cool site that has a huge selection of graphic art!

 

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3 Ways to Keep your Headphones From Falling Out

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If you have ever listened to music wearing earphones, whether it be on a casual walk or during an intense workout, more than likely you have had the frustrating experience of your headphones falling out of your ears when they weren’t supposed to. Ranging from a minor annoyance when your music session is cut short to a serious hazard with the cords tangling into your legs during a run, having your headphones slip out is completely avoidable with our 3 tips on how to keep your headphones intact, so read on!

1. Earphones that wrap around your ear

An easy and highly successful way to prevent your headphones from falling out, especially during a strenuous workout, is to buy earphones that are specially structured to wrap around your ear for a secure and snug fit. What’s great about these specialized headphones is that they can adjust to any ear size and shape with inner core of the plastic cord being a flexible wire which can contort into any shape you desire. With the bendable cords hugging your ear tightly, rest assured that your headphones won’t be going anywhere whether you are doing your morning run or simply jamming out. Try out our Panasonic Pioneer Water Resistant Sports Headphones:

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Panasonic Water Resistant headphones ($16.60)

2. A snug hat or hairband

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A tightly fitted hat is a great trick to keep your headphones in place and prevent slippage. We suggest opting for a beanie or a  hat made with a more breathable fabric so you will not want to remove it after a long period of time if it gets too hot, on top of the fact with a hat like a beanie, it will be easy to adjust the headphones through the material without having to completely remove it in order to adjust.

If you want to avoid a hat that may ruin your entire look, or the unnecessary heat brought on by a hat,  you have the option of wearing a snug thick hairband. Found at almost any local drug store and coming in a variety of colors, you can just slip one on and slide it down so that it is covering your eardrum keeping your earphones in place – this is a great option for exercising or other strenuous activity.

 

3. Medical Tape

It may sound a bit odd, but a small strip of medical tape could do just the trick for keeping your earphones in place. Coming in beige-y colors , they manage to blend a lot easier with your skin compared to other methods and it is significantly more inconspicuous, especially if you have hair long enough to cover your ears. Although the tape is constructed with a built-in adhesive side, we suggest against using this method if you will be doing exercise or moving around for a long period of time – it’s more likely that the adhesive will wear out from perspiration resulting in the earphone falling out of your ear. Don’t know where to find beige medical type? Try clicking here.

Now that you know how to make sure your headphones aren’t causing you a headache, why not click here and check out ours on Meritline.com?

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Pamper Yourself The Right Way

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Life can get pretty crazy sometimes, and amidst work, errands, family and friends, by the end of the day you can’t seem to find time for yourself and end up in a situation where you are in dire need of a vacation. We can only imagine how great (and stress-free!) life would be if we got a break from the daily grind whenever we felt like we really needed one, but the unfortunate reality is, life is hectic and we just have to keep up. Keeping up doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom however, read on to see the steps in our Perfect Pampering Routine we compiled with products from Meritline to ensure you get that much needed TLC so you won’t burn out

1. Make time

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This may be the most difficult step in the routine, but definitely necessary. We know, we know, the entire reason you’re even trying to pamper yourself is because your schedule is so crammed you can’t find any time in the first place. The key, however, in making time for yourself is to plan your pamper day in advance. How far in advance you need to plan completely depends on your own schedule and how busy you are with your job and social life, you may need to plan a week in advance up to even a few months. Make sure you give yourself enough time also. We suggest a 3 hours at a minimum (psst..go for 5. You deserve it).

The major key in this first step is once you set a date for yourself stick with it. Reject any and all extra business projects or social outings that interfere with this predetermined time, no matter how much you may want to just reschedule your relaxation. If you really need to, let anyone who you think might try to sway you from getting your well deserved TLC know in advance that you will not be available for that certain day and time, so they will know to not even ask, making it easier on both of you.

 

Now that the hardest part is out of the way, it’s time to get into the actual pampering!

 

 

2. Get Clean

Because you’re probably dirty.

But really, take a nice hot shower or better yet a bath, and scrub the stress of the day away. This is the first stage of your pampering routine so you want to make sure you start off on the right foot – avoid thoughts involving work or any other topics that typically stress you out or rob you of much needed time to yourself. Take your time also,

(refer to step 1, did you give yourself enough time?)

and bathe yourself in calming circular motions with your favorite scent of soap. Also, exfoliate. Never underestimate the power of a good loofa or liquid body exfoliate, with that layer of dead skin off of your body you feel a little bit lighter, and a million times more clean. Kill two birds with one stone with our Ideaworks Dual Sided Back Scrubber,

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Ideaworks Dual Sided Back Scrubber, BBB5482

because what’s the point in making sure you are completely clean and exfoliated with your back still has caked on gunk?

Once you get out of the shower, continue the exfoliating party with our foot Sole Microfile by Doctor Scholl’s

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1 Pack  Dr. Scholl’s For Her Smooth My Sole Micro File.

Your feet are butter soft from taking your time in the steamy shower, so the caked on skin on your soles should easily come off with this sole smoother.

 

3. Massage

Once you’re squeaky clean, it’s time to soothe those achy muscles that have been loosened up from the hot water. With your freshly filed feet, soak the newly revealed skin in a foot bath. Consider adding a few essential oils to the water so your bathroom fills with a relaxing aroma (our favorites are lavender or tea tree) while moisturizing your feet at the same time. Try out our Inflatable Foot Bath Massager, perfect for if you don’t have a ton of room to store a bulky footbath, simple deflate it, fold it up and save it for your next Pamper Time.

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Inflatable Foot Bath Massager, 2 in 1

While you are getting your feet soaked, take this time to start easing into step 4 (relaxation) by leaning back and massaging your hands and arms softly, they need love too! Remind yourself of how many hours you spend on a computer using your keyboard and putting strain on your hands. It sounds slightly odd, but trust us, there is something comforting about massaging yourself solo while deep in your own thoughts.

4.  Block Out The Noise and Finally..Relax

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Squeaky clean and muscles relaxed, now it’s time to really lay down and relax. An important step for this to really work is

Turn off your phone.

 

 

We know, we know. We swear it’s not as bad as it sounds, simply turn off your phone for an hour or two and put it in a nightstand drawer close by – out of sight, out of mind, right? You’ll thank us later.

Now that we’ve got the technology distractions out of the way, to the take care of the we suggest getting some headphones to silence the outside noise so you can have completely undisturbed You Time. Try our headphones from MEElectronics

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MEElectronics Air-Fi Runaway AF32 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Headphones with Hid

Since they’re bluetooth, you won’t have to worry about pesky wires getting in the way, and you can freely dive as deep into the sheets as you please without getting tied up or having the headphones get yanked off your head.

Encourage your body to go even deeper into relaxation mode (soak it all in, you don’t know when will be the next time you can have this much alone time) with covering your eyes. Allow yourself to really get into your thoughts and reflect on, well, anything. Are you on the career path you want to be on, when was the last time you crossed something off your bucket-list? Will you have Kraft Mac N’ Cheese for dinner or pizza. Very important life choices. To help you better get into The Zone, try out our Massaging Eye Cover

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1 Pack  USB Massage For The Eyes

 

Let yourself sink into your mattress and really enjoy the moment before you have to return to reality – but you will be a lot more refreshed upon your entrance back into the real world and significantly more prepared to take on whatever life throws at you – have at it!