Alright! We’ve been talking a lot about office cubicles. About the perfect size, the components, arrangements, the make, and a lot more.
This time we’ll discuss decorating your office cubicle.
Okay, your office cubicle is your home for 8 or 10 hours a day; why not give it a facelift?
If you’re interested, I have some advice to give your temporary abode a makeover:
No, not painting or slashing the fabric out of the partition panels and changing the fabric.
It’s just simply adding some color to boost your mood and creativity.
There are many ways to do this and blend color into your office cubicle.
How about post-it notes? They’re so colorful. These little paper notes come in various colors. Pick colors that speak to you.
You could also choose colors that correspond to your categories or priorities.
You could assign different projects to each color. This would keep you from scrambling pieces of paper looking for that specific project.
In addition to the colorful notes, other accessories on the desk or the tabletop can also add color and personality.
Pens, colorful markers, paperclips, and staplers are some of the mixes that could do this.
If you want to be more creative, canvas art and posters would be great. Posters of your interest like quotes from Oprah Winfrey (if you’re a fan, yeh).
Michael Jordan if you’re a Bulls fan, and yes, a John 3:16 poster.
These motivational prints and some framed art can add colors.
You can experiment with different colors and see what works best for you. Bright colors give you more energy.
Or you would prefer a palette of pastels. Just try.
Hang pictures of your family, your significant other, and the places you have visited.
These will not only add color but rekindles some memories. Some seasons of happiness.
Seeing these images daily can remind you of the good times and brighten your spirit. Gives a boost of your productivity.
There are many studies that showed the impact of color of office furniture with the productivity of employees.
One such study was authored by Nancy Kwallek of University of Texas at Austin.
It said that white and blue office furniture colors increased job satisfaction and performance, but black and grey decreased them.
Surround your cubicle with reminders of happy memories. Consider posting your vision board.
If you’re not familiar with it, it is just a board where you pin or post your cutouts or pictures of the material things you wanted to have.
A cutout or picture of your dream Ferrari or house perhaps?
The vision board visually represents your dreams, goals, and aspirations.
One thing, though, when you do these things is that you must think carefully about the size and where to hang these gizmos.
You would not want your cubicle to look like a little memorabilia boutique. Post things that are easily manageable.
A gallery wall with many small frames arranged in an organized manner would do this.
Or you can showcase one or two large frames as focal points in your partition wall.
Pictures, artwork, and motivational quotes, of course, remove the bore. It will help make your tiny space feel personalized and inspiring.
Make sure your displays reflect your hobbies, values, and ambitions by carefully curating them.
With a bit of work, you can make your workstation feel like you.
Getting organized not only brightens your cubicle, but it will also make your little cubicle clutter-free and your workload stress-free.
There a dozen types or so of desktop organizers. You have file folders, desk trays, drawer dividers and even hanging organizers.
These organizers are handy when desk space is limited. If your office table is only 60 cm x 120 cm, there’s little room left for your other paraphernalia.
Choose then what type of organizer fits your style.
Another way to get organized is by using a whiteboard or a corkboard.
Pin your important notes on the corkboard to remind you of your to-do list.
Whiteboards are also great for jotting down ideas or reminders that may pop up during a phone conversation.
These notes and reminders can help you stay focused and up-to-date with your work.
Add Some Greens
Plants improve air quality, reduce your stress level and, yes, improve productivity.
Aside from these, plants give an enclosed office a feeling of openness and connection to the outside, a feel-in-the-park mood. It gives you a relaxing atmosphere.
Some plants that are good to see and can thrive in low lighting conditions are Pothos, the Spider Plant, Fern, and Lucky Bamboo.
The Snake plant is also good, and it does not need much watering. But you need to be careful as this plant is poisonous.
If your cubicle space is very limited, just use small flower bases. Beautiful flowers can add color and even fragrance to your tiny abode.
Some studies show that plants and flowers can positively affect your productivity.
Remember that adding plants and flowers would add to your workload as you have to watch them and take care of them.
You have to water them, move them to sun-lighted areas, and clean the pots or vases.
But then these greens and colors of the plants and flowers give create a more inspiring environment.
Customize Your Accessories
You can personalize your cubicle walls and workstation if you’re comfortable doing so.
Stickers and decorative tape will do. Stickers are available in an array of styles. They are also very cheap.
They are also reasonably priced.
The first item you might want to start with is your laptop. Instead of the iconic apple in the laptop’s cover, a sticker with your favorite quotation would be ideal.
The quotation that you pasted at the laptop’s cover can be an excellent conversation starter if someone walks into your cubicle to have some chitchat.
Decorative tapes are available in a variety of colors and patterns.
The second item you will customize could be your desk and office chairs.
But whether your supervisor allows such changes is another thing. Just make certain. You may end up having to pay for your chair or table.
Don’t put anything offensive or inappropriate in there and follow any rules about decorating or changing office furniture.
So that’s it! And bingo you have an adorable office cubicle.
Personalizing your cubicle and desk accessories is a fun and creative way to make your workspace feel more unique and expressive of your personality.