It’s safe to say that the average American spends nearly 45 hours at work. From the sip of your first coffee to the end of your last meeting, you’ve probably spent an quite a bit of time at your desk. Whether it’s writing dispositions, or just a quick email to a colleague, your desk should inspire you to work better.
I’m not saying spend half of your paycheck on beautifying your office space. You can achieve a good looking cubicle under $50-$100, sometimes even less!
The dollar store can be your best friend when looking to cheaply decorate your cubicle. I also headed to my local HomeGoods to get unique items that paired well together.
Here are my office decor essentials:
Dress up your pen stand
This is one of the simplest things to do to make your desk at work reflect your personality. You don’t have to get a fancy pen stand, but try to get something that you like.
I’ve got a canister from Homegoods that has some cut-iron detail on it. It keeps all of my pens, highlighters, pencils, and white board markers in a neat spot. Plus it suits the color theme I am going for.
My co-worker has a really unique pen stand! It is actually in the shape of a closed fist. It’s definitely a conversation piece.
When the entire office is bland and boring, you need a little something to spice up your day. I recommend adding blues in a nice pastel or colors that remind you of a nice sunny summer day. For me, those shades always cheer me and my coworkers up. My desk at work is a mixture of blues and metals. I face away from the window so I also like to have a nice visual of the clouds or nature scenes on my screen to keep me going.
I also like to have colorful post it notes on my desk for quick reminders. Even my mouse pad has pretty print on it to brighten up my dull gray office desk. Amazon has some affordable ones keyboard/desk mats and mouse pads.
You can go for a desk mat that doubles as an organization tool such as this one below. Or one that has your favorite bands picture on it.
For my office at home, I painted one wall a seafoam green color. It brightens the room without requiring too much effort. Plus blues and greens tend to keep stress levels down which is always important in a work environment.
I work in an environment where every desk should appear the same and every thing is clean and open. I like to differentiate my cubicle by having my favorite blanket draped on my chair, a nice chalk board for quotes, and even a faux silk plant. My coworkers like to add their own quirky pictures, knickknacks and games to de-stress. One of my workers even has her own collection of Lego displayed on her desk. Another coworker keeps one of those adult coloring books at her desk for moments when she needs to wind down.
No matter how technologically advance we get, we will always need some form of paper products to get us through. I like keeping colorful folders, and coordinating them between different projects.
At my home office, I have gold accents everywhere. I re-purposed a gold jewelry holder to store my thumbtacks, paper clips, binder clips and other office essentials. I also have file holder in a matching gold shade to store the random letters and emails I need.