If you work a corporate job, you probably spend 20% of your time at the office. If you aren’t totally in love with your job, it’s easy to drag your feet heading. But what if your cubicle were a productivity zone, decorated in a way that sparked your creativity and got you excited to work? Here are some great office or cubicle decor tips!
Before we get started: While I fell into a work rut, I wanted to decorate my cubicle to reinvigorate my motivation. I searched the internet but all I could find were posts of people putting wall paper in their office or decoupaging their file cabinets. Since the file cabinets and walls are company property…. Here are some not so intense decorating ideas for your cubicle.
Pro Tip: Depending on how much space you have, some of these items might not work for you. If you never use paper clips, don’t go buying a magnetic paper clip holder to sit out. You might like it now, but in a few months it will be useless clutter.
The trick is to fill your workspace with things that bring you joy whenever you look at them. This will energize you.
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A Festive Clock
As someone who has always struggled with time management, my favorite “hacks” are to hang clocks basically everywhere and always wear a watch. This is a great way to disguise needing a constant reminder of the time as art and jewelry. If you are perpetually late, try setting your clock fast — Mine are all set about 7 minutes fast.
I highly recommend you check with your HR or facilities department before you hang things on the wall. I used Command hooks for my decor and haven’t had any problems.
Lighting can make a big difference in any room. Bringing your own lamp to work can provide an alternative light source to the iridescent office lighting and add warmth. This inexpensive option has a handy outlet on top.
Here are some cute options for paper organization on your desk. This rustic mini shelf is great for desk accessories or papers. For file folders, this Kate Spade lucite file holder has “Sort it out.” on the front. If you are choosing a file folder holder, don’t forget some cute file folders to stare at all day. These gold dotted ones add some glam while the floral folders are more bohemian.
When I first started working, I was all excited to buy a coffee mug. I found one I loved from William Sonoma and splurged as a gift to myself. Not only do I still have that coffee mug, I still use it regularly and it still makes me happy. I’ve coupled these with double walled containers for my water. Double walled works great because it keeps condensation to a minimum. Mr. PaperGazer has several Tervis tumblers for his favorite sports teams.
Pencil and Pen Organizers
Options here are totally dependent on how many pens, pencils and markers you have going at one time. This mesh one can has multiple compartments. Smaller plastic ones can be stored in a desk drawer and/or taken out for use. If you’re a sports fanatic, you can rep your team with these options from Fanatics!
Paper Clip Collectors
I use paper clips for everything. Keep them handy in a way that makes a statement with this magnetic Einstein head! If you’re looking for more polish, this marble one should do the trick. Check out these links for gold binder clips and gold paper clips.
I (finally) bought myself a personalized Erin Condren mouse pad this year. It matches the planner I use to track my time. This is a great way to add just a little bit of personalized flair to your desk, especially if you have a strict work environment. Here are some other options:
Bonus: Book Ends that Double As Art
These geode bookends are gorgeous.
I hope this post gave you some good ideas to decorate your workspace!! Now, go be productive!!
What’s the one piece of cubicle decor that made the biggest difference in your work environment?