Because There’s No Place Like
Home The Office.
Let’s face it: sometimes the last thing we want to do is leave the comfort of our home for the obligatory trek to the office, no matter how friendly the co-workers or fresh the coffee (I’m looking at you, Mondays). Even Leslie Knope had her off days and she’s, well, Leslie Knope. That’s why we’ve put together these 4 decor tips to bring a little more happiness to your cubicle, open office, or if you’re really lucky – home office.
1. Break Out the Inspiration Board
Memento or inspiration boards can serve many purposes. For writers, artists, and other creatives, an inspiration board can be constantly updated to reflect current projects, brainstorming sessions, or first drafts. For the rest of us, these boards may serve as a more static representation of self – a collection of pieces that highlight our favorite memories or remind us why we do what we do, that we can occasionally add or subtract to as we see fit.
My own memento board is a combination of family photos, inspirational quotes, career keepsakes, and dinosaur cut-outs (to each his own, right?). On those days when one too many deadlines pile up or emails go unread, having a reminder of your life outside of work can be incredibly helpful. My Aunt keeps a picture of her niece with special needs front and center, it reminds her of what is most important to her, and when it really gets rough – it motivates her to push through.
Your board can also be a tribute to all that you are accomplishing at work. When I worked with nonprofits, I kept thank you letters from clients and donation or impact stats constantly on display. Just remember that you are making a difference, in one way or another, and you can’t help but feel a little happier at work.
2. Not Ready for a Whole Board? Try a Poster, Photo, or Canvas
If creating an inspiration board is a little too daunting, or you fear overwhelming a limited cubicle space, smaller posters or canvases are excellent alternatives. Have no fear – there are plenty of tasteful options that move beyond the cheesy “TEAMWORK” posters of yesteryear:
You can also go the photos route, and find some unique frames and displays for your desk. If you’re working with a small space, order wallet-sized prints and choose photo displays that will allow you to showcase more of your favorite memories in a smaller area. If you’re in the DIY spirit, here are some displays you can make yourself for under $5:
3. Get Cute with Your Office Supplies
Sometimes it’s the little things, and when it comes to office supplies, there are a ton of options for injecting some personality into otherwise mundane work tools. Want a panda stapler? You got it. A tape dispenser shaped like an otter? Not a problem. There’s even a hedgehog pencil holder! I could go on, but these are just a few little additions to your desk that guarantee a daily smile, or at least a great conversation starter.
4. Inject Some Cozy into Your Work Day
Nothing says “home” like snuggling up on the couch with your cats, chai tea in one hand and the TV remote in the other. While cats and television aren’t the most productive additions to your workplace (sorry, Netflix), that doesn’t mean you can’t get cozy at work! Especially if you are also subject to the sub-arctic office temperatures we experience every summer, a shawl or decorative blanket may be just what you need.
Pick out a decorative blanket to drape over your chair or store by your desk. Better yet, get sentimental with a custom photo blanket of your cats. It will be just like snuggling up with Fluffy at home! Not ready to break out a blanket? Another option is a comfy but fashionable shawl or chunky scarf. Go with a neutral color that will work with any outfit:
We hope these decor tips help bring a little bit more heart to your office space. Have some ideas of your own? Share below!