A workspace with a lot of cubicles is becoming the normal again. You hear and read articles about the millennial generation coming into the workforce and with that, more open workspaces. I’m definitely not opposed to cubicles but what I am opposed to is uninspiration and lack of motivation. When I hear of a room full of cubicles, I tend to think of this:
A room with no windows and thus no natural light that is stuffy and muggy and completely bleh. It’s not inspirational at all to work in a place like this. I don’t know about you but I need something more. I at least need a window near me and maybe a poster that says “Hey, you’re a-ok. There’s life outside of this place.”
When I started my new full time job, I immediately started planning out some cubicle decor to take to the office with me. My goal was to take my blank slate cubicle and turn it into something a little more homey, cozy, and overall an inspirational place for me to spend 40 hours a week. Thankfully, my office doesn’t look like the above. There’s some natural light, a little more space, and it’s not stuffy so I was starting out 150% better than the above image.
Look through Pinterest inspiration
The first thing I did was look through Pinterest for inspiration. I searched things like “cubicle decor” and “cubicle organization” and pinned anything I liked so I could come back to it if needed.
Choose pictures & inspirational quotes
So with my inspiration wall in mind, I pulled out my printed pictures and picked out some of my top favorites. I ended up pulling about 20 total but I wasn’t sure I’d use all those.
I also went through my words pinterest board to find inspirational quotes. Words have always been a big part of my life. They really resonate with me; just looking up from my work and reading something like this helps keep me motivated. I printed out my favorites on white cardstock I had on hand.
Fill it out with prints or pretty art
Something I noticed on all the inspiration walls I liked was that there were always a least a few items that were just pretty “filler” – a nice floral print or a cute simple postcard. Things that didn’t necessarily have a ton of meaning behind them but were just pretty to look at. I realized they help to break up the wall and give your eye a place to rest in the midst of looking at pictures or reading a quote.
I found a few things like this by searching them on Pinterest or google images. Again, I printed them on white cardstock and cut them down to size if needed. I also made a few prints based on things I saw and liked.
Lay it out to organize and strategize
Once I had everything printed and picked out, I organized it on our kitchen table. I didn’t want to get to work and have no idea what I was doing. I knew I’d get stuck if I did that so it was best for me to have somewhat of a game plan ahead of time.
I started with the pictures and quotes, laying them out in a way that I thought looked good. I tried to vary sizes and keep things mixed together. I then put the prints or “filler” items in where there was space or where I felt like a rest was needed.
Once it was organized how I liked it, I snapped photos so when I got to work the next day, I could reference those.
Refer to photos and install
The final product ended up so much better than I had originally even envisioned. I am so happy with it. It keeps me motivated and inspired throughout the day, which is the goal right? I did have a little bit of space on the right side so I went home and printed out a hand lettered calendar I found, plus added a few more pictures to finish it out.
I used the mini office accessories kit (push pins, paper clips, and binder clips) from my mini Target Haul to hang each item up. It worked out so well and I couldn’t be happier with the finished look. I have a few other things I’d like to do with my cubicle space eventually but this is a huge step in the right direction.
For reference, here is a before and after:
So, what about you? What keeps you motivated while at work?
Links to items (left to right on the wall):
If I showed you my teardrops poem
You’ve got this – written by me
You were born to be real, not to be perfect
Blush triangles – made by me
You are capable of great things
And all at once, summer collapsed into fall
I just want to spend the rest of my life laughing
Autumn Tree watercolor
Tiny black and white triangles
My heart is at ease
Green tree watercolor
3 black triangles – made by me
Celebrate every tiny victory
Life is not an emergency – made by me
You own the skies and still you want my heart
Hand lettered calendar