11 Ways to Spruce Up Your Work Space (and Your Work Day!)

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The modern cubicle was developed as a way for office workers to attain some privacy and independence while allowing in natural light. As you may have noticed, that is not really the way it’s turned out. Let’s be real, the best cure for the modern cubicle is finishing up your work and getting out of there, but here are some ideas to keep the daily grind from grinding you down.

 

  1. Potted Plant

 

Marimo Moss Balls (Image Credit: Pistils Nursery)
Marimo Moss Balls (Image Credit: Pistils Nursery)

A potted plant helps brighten up any office space. In addition to bringing something green and pleasant to your desk, the plants help clean the air of toxins and provide an oxygen boost.

The golden pothos and snake plant are both hardy plants, able to thrive in the low-light, low humidity conditions of an office. Also, if you want to make a new office friend, put a cutting in some water and wait for it to begin rooting, then spread the greenery around to your coworkers.

Alternatively, try a marimo moss ball – these are super low maintenance. Just replace the water when you remember.

 

  1. Fancy water bottle
DRIPP WTR BPA-Free Glass Water Bottle (Image Credit: Amazon)
DRIPP WTR BPA-Free Glass Water Bottle (Image Credit: Amazon)

Staying hydrated helps stave off the afternoon blahs and keep that skin glowing, but those plastic cups by the water cooler fit about a teaspoon of water. A fancy water bottle will both brighten up your desk and remind you to get that H2O.

DRIPP WTR BPA-Free Glass Water Bottle (Image Credit: Amazon)

 

  1. Lamp

 

RANARP Work Lamp (Image Credit: Ikea)
RANARP Work Lamp (Image Credit: Ikea)

Fluorescent lighting is the worst. It contributes to eyestrain and headaches, and just looks depressing. Natural sunlight is the best, but if you’re short on windows, try lamps. One or two can add some more natural light to your workspace.

 

  1. Photos

 

Umbra® Hangit Photo Display (Image Credit: Bed Bath & Beyond)
Umbra® Hangit Photo Display (Image Credit: Bed Bath & Beyond)

Sick of looking at spreadsheets? Go to the local print shop and get some of those camera photos printed out. (Or, ok sneak the office color printer.) Tack them behind your computer, or hang them on a display like this one from Bed Bath and Beyond. When those zeros and ones start getting to you, glance up and remember blue skies and friends.

 

  1. Fix up that storage
DIY Decoupage Storage Box (Image Credit: The Crafted Life)
DIY Decoupage Storage Box (Image Credit: The Crafted Life)

Tired of looking at stacks of papers? Hide them in a pretty box and give yourself something to look at. The Crafted Life has a great DIY option, or you can cheat it with these flower stickers.

 

  1.  Big Shawl
Shawl (Image Credit: Rusclothing)
Shawl (Image Credit: Rusclothing)

Here are two problems with offices. The air conditioning is weirdly unpredictable and rapidly changing. Secondly, office chairs are pretty damn ugly. I’m sitting in one right now, and it is really ugly. Solution? A big,pretty shawl. Drape it over your chair to dress up your office, and cover up those weird black adjusting bars that never really work. Then, when the air conditioning gets cranked to eleven, drape it over your shoulders for extra warmth.

 

  1. Nice Pens
Sakura Pigma Micron Pens (Image Credit: Discount Art Supplies)
Sakura Pigma Micron Pens (Image Credit: Discount Art Supplies)

There is honestly no luxury like writing your notes with a good pen. I’m a big fan of these super fine markers, but maybe you like a fountain tip, or luxury ballpoint. Remember gel pens? You could become the office Gel Pen Lady, and that is an honored position.

 

  1. Hourglass
30 & 5 Minute Gravity Hourglasses - Time Management Set (Image Credit: Amazon)
30 & 5 Minute Gravity Hourglasses – Time Management Set (Image Credit: Amazon)

Have you heard of the pomodoro technique? It’s a system of giving yourself periods of focused work and breaks, to keep you working at your best. There are obviously computer based timers, but these hourglasses are a beautiful way of keeping you functional.

 

  1. Cool Staples
Swingline Color Bright Staples (Image Credit: Amazon)
Swingline Color Bright Staples (Image Credit: Amazon)

Want to differentiate your reports from your coworkers’? Stay late and do exemplary work! Or, buy purple staples. That’s way easier. Do they come in green? They do come in green.

 

  1. Nail Polish
Ombre Nails by Julep (Image Credit: Julep)
Ombre Nails by Julep (Image Credit: Julep)

Ok, so, nail polish is not an office supply. We know. That said, in any office, you are going to spend a lot of time glancing as your hands as you write emails, file files and stalk your exes on Facebook.  Some glittery nail polish will give you a bright focal point. Also, taking some time to yourself is the perfect antidote to the office blahs.

 

  1. Good Mouse Pads
Mouse Pad Persian Style Carpet (Image Credit: Amazon)
Mouse Pad Persian Style Carpet (Image Credit: Amazon)

 

This tiny carpet is actually a mouse pad, so do I need to write anything else? How about a kitten floating through the infinite void?

 

Mouse Pad Persian Style Carpet (Image Credit: Amazon)
Mouse Pad Persian Style Carpet (Image Credit: Amazon)

Can we give it a tiny taco? This is the future. Of course we can give it a tiny taco.  

Dauntless Fight Running Cat for Taco Mouse Pad (Image Credit: Amazon)
Dauntless Fight Running Cat for Taco Mouse Pad (Image Credit: Amazon)

Who has the best job? You have the best job.

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Josephine Curry lives, writes and reads too much internet in West Philly with her cat, her fish and a theremin named George.

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