No matter where you work you need to be comfortable and feel inspired. I try to keep my office personal and reflect my personality… after all, I am here more than my own bedroom! Here are some tips to personalize your work space. Hopefully, these work for both cubes and private offices.
Tip #1: Put up items that say “me!”
Create a board that you can switch out items quickly and easily. My board has the typical office stuff on it (phone list, project calendars), but it also has personal items that reflect what I like at that moment. The fun things on my board that I move around are photos of friends, this year’s Christmas card and fun map of Denver from January Jones.
Tip #2 – Make friends with your light!
Lighting is key. If you can use natural light, I highly recommend it. If you can’t, brighten up your space with fun lamps and lamp shades. This little gem was only $10 at Target.
Tip # 3 – Buy a great calendar!
Everyone needs one no matter what they look like, you might as well get a good one. I have been in love with the calendars from Cavallini & Co. since I was first married. Their calendars are printed on great stock and look like a piece of art on your wall. I have rotated out birds, ocean creatures, and vintage Italian posters. This year my choice was vintage advertising. This is by far the best one. When the year is done, you can also frame or hang up the prints by just removing the calendar portion.
Tip #4 – Stay organized!
Organization helps give you peace of mind. For me, I need to make sure that what isn’t organized is tucked away. I use this little cabinet to store old jobs and the little cubby holds my gym bag. This is also what is behind my monitor so I added some non-organization elements that I would like to look at it (picture of friends & a globe).
Tip #5 – Get comfortable!
It’s true that if I am sitting at my desk, my shoes are probably off. I know not everyone can do it. Do what you can to make sure you are comfortable. Make sure to surround yourself with ergonomic items.
What tips do you have to make your work space a little more pleasant?