If you’re like much of the world, you spend about forty hours a week sitting in a neutral colored gray box. It’s not pretty and it certainly doesn’t inspire you. It’s no wonder we dread Mondays. However, there isn’t a rule that your cube has to feel like a jail cell. In fact, if you focus some decorating effort into making your cubicle a pleasant place, you’ll find that you’ll like being at work a whole lot better.
Many of us probably log more hours in the workplace than in our own home. So it’s no wonder that we dread another week of staring at the gray walls of our cubicles. But just because your office might not be as bright and colorful as your home decor doesn’t mean you can’t create a workspace that’s fun for you to spend the entire 40+ hours in. Consider your cubicle a blank canvas and check out these decorating tips and DIYs to get you working in style.
Your desk is your own regardless of position or view. Your desk is your own and one should claim it, make it his own through all possible means in the attempt to change the atmosphere at the workplace into something positive, cozy and vibrant. To emphasize the urgency of the customization process and the importance of a personality infused into a work-space.
Research suggests that decorating a cubicle with office cubicle accessories may have more than aesthetic benefits — potentially, its user may benefit psychologically, as well. A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that being able to personalize one’s office cubicle or workspace can help soften the negative effects a lack of privacy can have on employees in a crowded (meaning: typical) work environment. This kind of stress can lead to emotional exhaustion and increased burnout rates, as well as decrease workers’ productivity.
In other words (or, the words you can use when explaining to your boss your office cubicle decorating ideas), you don’t merely want cubicle decorations. Your psychological health and usefulness as an employee depends on them.
Of course, not all of us are blessed with the Pinterest-gene, and you may not be addicted to decorating, so if you’re feeling a little stuck, here are 35ideas to help you beautify your work area with cute cubicle decorations. First, before you delve too deeply into desk decoration ideas, start by keeping your desk clean. I know this might seem a tad obvious to some, but not all of us are naturally tidy people.
If your desk is feeling particularly drab to you lately, you may just want to spend a few minutes cleaning it. Dust it with some disposable wipes, or for a more eco-friendly option, invest in a washable duster. Ask someone in the IT department for one of those little air blasters to clean the crumbs and gunk from your keyboard. Straighten up your trinkets and office supplies. It’s a small step, but it can work wonders.
Once your desk is looking neat in organized, start considering desk decorations for work. Whether you keep paperweights on your desk or find some cute accessories that help you organize your pens and such, the right desk decorations just might make you smile when you’re having a particularly rough or low energy day.
If you have a desk job, you know, there are little things that make the day go by faster: An afternoon coffee break, taking a quick lap around your floor or building to move your legs (or clear your head), and a work space that has something inspiring to gaze off to for those moments when your eyes need a break from the computer screen. Even though you don’t work at home, you can still decorate your desk with some of its comforts. Below, I breakdown how I attempted to do just that to my conventional cubicle.