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Your Two Cents: Have You Nested Your Desk Space?

It's rare that you'll find pictures on the desks of employees here at Sugar HQ. Perhaps it's because we prefer to keep our pictures online, but nobody has really taken to nesting the place we spend hours and hours on end.

I always found it interesting that the men at the company I used to work were more prone to personalizing their desk space than the women. Most of their desks were adorned with framed photos of their families and some had cute notes from their kids on display.

Have you made your space more you by placing certain items on your desk?


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sharshar sharshar 8 years
Even my boss can't resist showing off his robot toys.
tee0206 tee0206 8 years
I spend maybe two hours a week at my cubicle, so sadly, all I have there is a sweater.
CuteShoes17 CuteShoes17 8 years
I've definitely personalized my cube. I've got everything from a light tiara to a Winnie the Pooh mouse pad(kinda got a thing for him ;) ). I figure that I spend more time here than at home so I should make it as much of it mine as possible!
tweet-hotpants tweet-hotpants 8 years
i have two pictures in frames on my desk- one of me and my husband the day we got engaged and the other the day we got married. i have another picture on the wall of the two of us the day he was commissioned in the air force. i have a greek islands calendar hanging up and a tiny yankee candle that i like to smell when i get stressed out. other than that, all the crap on my desk is work related. :)i'm outta here in two weeks though, so i should probably start bringing some of this stuff home!
nals33 nals33 8 years
Oh yeah! I forgot to say that I HAVE to decorate my cube. It has high walls so I have no view. I hate staring at grey walls all would drive me nuts. Plus, I find it hard to concentrate on work when I don't feel comfortable in my work environment.. Thank god for my Italy 365-days calendar! :P I catch myself staring at it quite a few times during the day..
nals33 nals33 8 years
Thanks to the digital camera and lack of wanting to spend money on making prints of pictures, I don't have pictures of family and friends. I do have a lil bamboo plant (it's the only type of plant I can keep alive. lol), a couple of Snoopy toys, an Italy 365-days calendar, a couple of fans I bought from Japan annd a few pictures I bought off of And of course, I have the usual desk organizer stuff...paper trays, pen/pencil holder, a mini whiteboard, etc.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
Yes! It's the only way I stay sane in my drab office. I don't have a ton of stuff. Just a few photos, a couple plants, an air freshener, a radio and some organizer baskets.
saraswords saraswords 8 years
I have a few pictures, only one has myself and my two sisters in it, but we are only in the lower right part of the picture because we wanted to get the beautiful fountain and gardens in the shot when we were in the Tivoli Gardens in Italy. The other pictures I have are just shots that I took that I think are pretty... the Colosseum at night, the exit spiral 'staircase' at the Vatican museum, and a picture I took at night on a trip to NYC of a tree with pretty pink blossoms in front of some brownstones. They're held in place by some small, pretty, round magnets my mom bought me from etsy.
rickimc rickimc 8 years
I've personalized my office, but not in the normal way. For one thing, most of what is in my office is stuff I would have anyway, and then I accumlate a ton of random props and costumes (and, at the moment, camp stuff), and if I like it, it stays in my office instead of getting put away.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
Other - on my actual desk, I don't keep any personal, fun things. It's all business. However, my chalkboard is next to the desk and it happens to be magnetic. I use magnets to stick up a few notes and presents that students give me. I don't have any pictures up though.
graylen graylen 8 years
I've definitely personalized my desk... down to the cute post-it notes. I think my boss would prefer no one to personalize anything, but he likes everything to look the same on every desk. On the male vs. female note, my dad definitely decorated more than my mom. My mom had a prettier office (paintings on the wall, etc), but my dad has tons of picture frames, etc. He loves to talk about us and now that he has grandkids, he has a grandkid wall. I think he just likes that all the people in his office will fawn over his grandkids if he has pictures up ; ) He would never get the frames himself though. He'll say things like, "If I had an Italy scrapbook, I could show everyone at work how much fun we had in Italy..." - he got the Italy scrapbook!
Megatron Megatron 8 years
I am only here for the summer for the time being, so I don't feel the need. If this turns permanent in a year :please:, I will think about it.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 8 years
Yup compared to my cowrokers I am the super nester. the way I see it is I spend my whole day here so I might as well make it mine.
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
I don't work, but at my home computer desk, I have a little jewelry box filled with stampers and ink, cards, printer cartridges, pens, Sharpies of multiple colors, little dog stuffed toys, lotion, dog treats, contact book, calendar book (which ironically I don't use...) and of course, pictures of my pooch Zena. She may reside behind me on the couch, but when she's off sleeping somewhere else, the pictures remind me of what makes me happy especially on downer days. I have peppermint puffs at the moment too. My desk screams my name practically. XD
omlove omlove 8 years
I never had anything personal at my desk. Im on a break but Im thinking that I may put up some pictures up.
ehadams ehadams 8 years
I didn't have a real desk for the first three months working here because they screwed up and didn't have a cubicle for me...ugh that was miserable. Now that I have a desk I keep hoping I will be getting out of here soon, and I like to keep my personal life seperate from work anyway. All my coworkers have tons of stuffed animals, pictures, cards, stickers, dirty mugs, etc and I think it looks really tacky.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 8 years
No, because I prefer a simpler, faster, easier exit strategy just in case ;) Also, work isnt personal for me so there is no need to bring my personal life into work for show and tell. Work is work, its not personal, its business. Just not my style :P
secretallstar secretallstar 8 years
I've only got a desk (open bull-pen like office), so I haven't really decorated it. I've accumulated some stuff, like Mardi gras beads from when a colleague got a King Cake at the office, but that's it. And you're so right -- the guys near me all have family pics and memorabilia. I wonder if their wives are behind it.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I work from home, but it's still an office so I've made it my own. It's a little on the messy side, but I love to look up and see pics of my loved ones.
geebers geebers 8 years
I have been at my job for almost 4 years and only last year did I SLOWLY start adding a picture here or there. Now I have a total of 4 photos and 2 cartoon pictures. hahaha. And now I am leaving this job soon. I guess I am not a nester...and even at home I take awhile before my space looks lived in.
Ryot Ryot 8 years
I telecommute 3 days out of the week, so decorating my cube at the office was my way of saying "Somebody works here! Don't store your crap here! Don't steal my chair!" It's mostly worked. ;) But recently I took home everything I would be upset if I lost, if I didn't go back into the office. I still have a bunch of silly print outs and magazine pages and odd little toys around my cube, but my really personal stuff is back at my desk at home. Job security FTL.
lauraxtc lauraxtc 8 years
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 8 years
I have a picture of my rabbit, but that's about it. It's always good to look at cute, cuddly creatures when I'm feeling stressed.
kayla74 kayla74 8 years
I have a few prints on the walls of my office and some photos up from my trips to Europe. I have a little snow globe someone in the office brought me and some vintage coasters a friend gave me. Most of it I have up because i have a very blank office with no windows.
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 8 years
I didn't much when I had a cubicle, but now I have an office I put some things up: a ceramic spider figure from Targer during Halloween time and some candles, but that's about it. I was going to get an 'office plant,' but I'm too lazy.
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