Typically, you get three gray fabric-covered walls, a harsh overhead light and a chair on wheels. Not exactly the Sistine Chapel. But, if you're crafty and blessed with an imagination, you might just be able to turn your cube into a palatable palace of productive thought. (Say that five times fast.)
Last week, I decided to make it my mission to redefine my workspace this summer. After over a year at my current job, it's high time.
So first, I perused the interwebs and got inspired. I started by finding pictures of full offices that I liked, then focused on the elements I liked about them. I imagined how those elements might work in a scaled-down space. For instance, in the pic below, I love the modern touches of clear acrylic. I can't replace my rolley chair with that souped up acrylic thing, BUT I can incorporate small touches of acrylic through pen cups and paper trays.
These Kate Spade Black & White Striped File Folders // This Brocade Pencil Cup from The Container Store // This Two-Tier Acrylic File Tray by Kantek // This adorable Signed 8 x 10 Flamingo Print from Ashley Brooke Designs
Next, I allowed myself $100 to spend on sprucing up said cube. You'd be shocked at how far one Benjamin can spread by utilizing sites like Amazon instead of, say, Pottery Barn. (I love P.B. My wallet, however, does not.)
Lastly, I purged. Not the sort of purging I've been doing over les toilettes lately, (sorry, bad morning sickness joke), but the literal purging of "crap I don't use" in my current cube. Broken pencils, ugly folders, random non-important Post It notes, burned out candles, etc. If it was ugly and I didn't need it, it went to the garbage can.
Les Cube is still a work in progress, BUT I hope to have a photo of the finished product next week.
So, the next time someone says, "Oh, you work in a cube. Have I told you about my fourteenth floor corner office?"
You just turn around and say, "Yes, at least a hundred times. But, have I told you how I turned three little walls into an aesthetically pleasing, thought-productive sanctuary of bliss?"