The desk is where most of us spend a majority of our time awake. Therefore, it's the one thing you have every right to transform into your personal, clutter-free, beautiful space! Below you'll find some ideas to prevent that stolid "cubicle" feel. I read somewhere that if you love the way it looks when it's all reorganized, you'll keep it organized more often. So get to it!
1. Personalize Your Desk
There are SO many fun, silly, unique and colorful options for the useful tools we need on our desks - why settle for black, plastic and boring? Get a stapler in your favorite color! Need to organize those pens and pencils? We all do, and there are so many fun pencil holder options. What about a favorite mug that's cracked and needs to be "repurposed"? I've given my favorite Chicago Cubs coffee mug a second life and every time I see it, it makes me smile.
2. Improve Your View
If you don't have a lovely window view in your home office, think about what is behind your computer. One great idea is to create fabric bulletin boards. Morgan of Pepper Design Blog created these gorgeous cork boards and uses them behind her computer screen. They pull double duty by being both beautiful and functional.
3. Desk Lamps
Proper lighting is essential. Figure out what type of lamp you need for the work you do (task lighting, etc) and shop around for lamps that fit the aesthetic you want to nurture in your work space.
4. Nifty Peripherals
Since you are going to need cable management and and a USB charger anyhow, why not choose them in colors or styles that will make you smile?
Don't worry if you don't have a green thumb. There are plenty of plants that are easy to care for and will look great in your office, too! It's spring time and we've just added a small orchid to the plant mix. These low maintenance plants (yes, really!) only need to be watered about once a week. They also prefer to be kept out of direct sunlight and do well in a room with tons of natural light. Stay tuned for a full article on all the best ideas for office plants for the brown thumb gardener!