I recently hit the 4 year mark at my current job which is so crazy for me to even think about. It actually took me almost a year to put up some decorations because I really didn’t want to make it feel “too homey”. I still try to keep things pretty simple & don’t like a lot of clutter. Since most of my job is done on the computer, I don’t have a lot of loose papers around or file folders full of stuff. I utilize our online resources rather than printing off every single update or memo that they send out to us & keeping a hard copy of it. Some people have tons of three ring binders full of papers which would drive me bonkers!
Without further adieu, these are a few ways to survive the 40 hour work week in a cubicle farm. (Please excuse the awful office lighting in these pictures)
Fun Office Supplies
I am such a sucker for office supplies– pens, notebooks, post it notes, highlighters, you name it. I find a lot of items from the Dollar Spot at Target or TJ Maxx. I have to use a notebook or some type of paper on a regular basis when I’m on the phone with clients or just having to write down my observations as I’m working on something. Having a fun notebook compared to a boring legal pad makes it a little bit better, right? The mason jar is actually a decoration from our wedding & the fake succulent plant is from Target.
Pictures & Decorations
As you can see, the walls are pretty blah. I couldn’t stand looking at the taupe colored walls so I had to put up a few pictures. The zebra print canvases were a gift from Curtis several years ago (no, he didn’t paint them but got them from someone he knew). I didn’t have a place to put them in our apartment so I brought them to work awhile back to put on the wall since I love animal print. I have my medal & race bib from Trek Up The Tower last year displayed as well as I wasn’t sure where else to put them. The jars & flowers were wedding decorations and the little elephant is from a store in China Town when we visited Chicago last summer.
Water is necessary throughout the day for me & I am so thankful to have an ice machine! I found this bottle at the Dollar Tree and fill it up at least twice a day.
And #1 most important thing for working in a cubicle…..
These are my savior. I can put them in, turn up the volume, and block out of all of the coughing, throat clearing, hacking, sneezing, tapping, personal phone conversations, etc. Even though the cubicle walls are over 5 feet tall, they don’t block out anything. I feel like I am sitting right next to my neighbors sometimes. I changed the position of my computer to try to put some of the distracting sounds behind me rather than having them to the left (it didn’t help). If your office doesn’t allow headphones, I’m so sorry. I would go crazy if I didn’t have these sometimes.