On average, we spend 40 hours per week in our offices. This doesn’t take into account all early mornings, late nights, and working lunch hours we put in on a day-to-day basis. That is a lot of time spent toiling away and much of it is spent in our cubicles. Synonymous with corporate America, these square-like spaces have quite the reputation for being, well, boring. They are often uniform units colored in drab neutrals and lack any touch of warmth. However, you don’t have to resign yourself to be stuck in an uninspiring, cold workspace. With a few simple touches, create your own little home away from home office oasis.
Here are some easy ways to take your cubicle from blah to beautiful. (Just check your employee handbook to make sure none of these tips are against any company policies.)
Give your supplies a stylish facelift.
One of the easiest ways brighten up your bland cubicle is with cute stationary. Fill your workspace with pretty pens, fun-shaped sticky notes, and patterned notebooks for an instant touch of whimsy. Take advantage of the ability to take notes with colored pens. Trade plain desk supplies like scissors, tape dispensers, and manila folders for ones that feature cute colors and fun designs. Also, don’t forget about organization. In addition to investing in chic desk set, coffee mugs and and clear canisters are unique ways to corral pens, paperclips, scissors, and other bits and baubles, so they will always be in easy reach.
Get organized with playful pins.
Whether it’s your calendar, your system’s operating procedures, or a list of important contacts, we all have things we need to hang up for quick reference. If your cubicle consists of fabric boards, this means basic plastic tacks in bland primary colors. Give those outdated pushpins the boot and swap in a set of enamel pins. Just remove the clutch backs, and you have a playful way to display all your important papers. Save the backs for storing them, so you don’t scratch up your hands when reaching in the jar to grab one.
Make metal surfaces magical with magnets.
Is your workspace made of mostly metal? Invest in a a few packs of button magnets. Keep a clean look by picking ones with complimenting designs and colors. You’ll be able to hang up everything you need without turning your cabinet into a replica of your grandmother’s fridge. For literature and quote lovers, invest in a set of word magnets and have fun channeling your inner wordsmith with weekly or daily messages, words of wisdom, or uplifting sayings. (Just keep it clean.)
Bring the outside in.
Let’s face it. There are few things more depressing than being stuck in a windowless room flooded with nothing but artificial fluorescent lights. If you’re lucky, maybe you sit in front of an office where the person inside keeps their door open from time to time. Satisfy your craving for nature by picking up a pretty plant for your desk. Invest in low-need greenery like a bonsai tree, bamboo shoot, or terrarium. You’ll get the same mood-boosting effect without all the hassle and potential mess involved with caring for florals.
Add elements of things you love.
The walls of your workspace are a blank canvas just waiting to be filled with pieces of your personality. Don’t limit yourself to the standard family and friends photos and cutesy calendars. Think outside the box. Vintage mini posters, quotable signs, and artistic photos of your favorite places create a chic yet playful vibe. Tie pretty bows made from ribbon or cheap scarves to drawer handles for a girly burst of color. Treat decorating your cubicle like you would your home. Get creative and let your uniqueness shine.