Your cubicle can speak volumes on you to your coworkers, so control your message by infusing your personal style into the space. Obviously you'll want to stay within reason, but a few personal touches can go a long way. What I want my cubicle to say about me: I'm organized, creative, assertive, and able to handle everything you throw at me without losing my cool.
A couple of weeks ago I was sitting back in my room -- err, cubicle -- when I really started wondering what I could do to spice it up. It was just so...boring. And cluttered. And uninspiring. Here's a look:
It all started with the pillow. Red is my favorite color, and I picked this up on a lunchtime Ikea trip. A little back support never hurt anyone.
Part 1 of my makeover takes place in the left side of the pic...under the cabinet and to the left of my monitor. Another before pic:
Here is the after:
- Covered ugly green bulletin board in pretty fabric (Joann fabrics; leftover from a project I did for my apartment; affixed with staples)
- Organized my current project files, note pads, and sticky note into new a desk organizer (Target, $4.99)
- Consolidated desk supplies (pencils, pens, paperclips, push pins) into new organizer (Target, $4.99)
- Moved other non-immediate files to the front of my filing cabinet (so they're still accessible)
- Folded calendar in half (cleaner-looking and takes up less space)
- Filed away old resources I had tacked up
- Threw away outdated items
- Moved hand lotion to a drawer with the rest of my cubicle survival kit
Clean space, clear mind...so far so good!
Stay tuned for part 2--above the computer monitor (those dead flowers have got to go!)
What do you want your personal workspace to say about you? What personal touches have you added?