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A Do or a Don't: Personalizing Your Cube

A Do or a Don't: Personalizing Your Cube

Since we spend most of our time at work, our cube or office space essentially becomes our home away from home. I've never gone so far as to put frames on my desk, but I definitely have my fair share of unique touches that makes my desk feel homey and familiar. On the flip side, some people don't even feel comfortable sharing their personal life with their co-workers so I'd assume personalizing their cube would be out of the question. What about you? Do you set up camp in order to make your workplace more pleasant or do you think adding personal touches is a don't since mixing business with pleasure can easily become too complicated?

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cjmara805 cjmara805 9 years
I've been at my job for about 4 months... I don't spend that much time at my desk (more often in the lab), so I haven't really gotten around to decorating it, except for a few scientific "cheat sheets" that I dug up on the internet, and a calendar that mysteriously appeared on my desk on one of my first days. As for photos, I would feel like people would perceive me as self-centered if I had pictures of myself hung up. And the ones with my friends are from college (I graduated 7 months ago) and I'm usually intoxicated, don't want to have those up for show at my job! Maybe one day I'll start bringing trinkets to work.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
DarlingDA, I have a Dwight bobblehead, too!! I also have a framed picture of my boyfriend & me sitting on a bench at Longwood gardens (his mom gave it to me for Christmas & the frame doesn't really go with my apt's decor, so I brought it into the office)and a Hello kitty mousepad. that's about it. No one really comes in my office though.
ichicas ichicas 9 years
At my work we all have our offices, a little personal touch doesn't hurt. I think it's a good conversation starter too. I have pictures of my family & friends along with some with my hubby and my dog. I have a very small water fountain and it relaxes me when I close my door or when I have to meet a deadline. Since I work in HR I suggest to becareful with the pictures that you put around your office/cubicle. You want to also keep those on the "safe" side.
Lambsauce Lambsauce 9 years
Well, I don't have a cube (yet), but as my summer job this year I'm CLEANING cubicles... so I see about 10 every day... and I gotta say that I love people who decorate theirs :P (so long as it doesn't get in the way, haha). Breaks up the mundane a bit. The office I work at seems to let you have whatever you want so long as it's tasteful... people (especially the engineers) cover their walls in Dilbert comics, in pictures of family and friends, with interesting articles, all sorts of things. One woman covered her walls with a plastic sheet with a bamboo print. She has plastic tropical flowers all over, too, and it looks cool. One guy has a collection of Halloween figures (skeletons, zombies, Frankensteins, ghosts) parading across the top of his monitor. And another woman has a life-size black cat model perched on the top of her cube's walls! It startles me every time I pass it.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
Thanks penguins! It's my favorite movie of all time, but it doesn't go with my grown up house decor so I brought it here. And Da Ly, I want a marshmallow launcher!!! As I'm typing this I hear a light saber preparing for battle. We have all sorts of cool toys, but no marshmallow launchers. :(
Da-Ly Da-Ly 9 years
Again, depends where you work. At my old job, I could have pictures, but they wanted decor of work that was done by you for your clients in your cubicle, as if to say "this is what I can do for you." My husband works as a coding monkey though with hundreds of cubicles, and they don't care. Last I saw him, he was going off to work with a marshmallow launcher for their weekly "cubicle war." And I know he has a bunch of his college figurines and other fidget-friendly toys at his cube along with pictures of myself and our dog.
Stupidasscat Stupidasscat 9 years
My desk has soooo much stuff on it but since we dont get walk-in customers it doesnt really matter, but i have tons of pictures, things my son made and stress reducing toys oh yeah and cant forget Slim my replica of a human skeleton
karen408 karen408 9 years
I have a life-size Elvis cutout plus other Elvis stuff; several of the items were gifts from co-workers who know I'm an Elvis fan :-) It's fun but not too personal.
bbkf bbkf 9 years
I have my own office, and the first week here I painted it orange. I have a huge framed painting and a bulletin board of photos on the walls. Much better than the white box it was before!
DarlingDA DarlingDA 9 years
I have a pic of me and my puppy, and a Dwight booblehead from The Office. I look at them whenever someone pisses me off.
RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 9 years
I personalize it a little but nothing too over the top...one or two pictures and a few cute knick-knacks.
penguins268 penguins268 9 years
'Empire Records' rocks! That is very cool that you have the poster at your work.
missyd missyd 9 years
lol ElizabethRae
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
IDK if I'd call mine 'decorated.' I have a wooden bench for sitting, some little side tables, a lamp with some feathers on it, an MM machine, cut out lolcats hung up, a cross, a globey paper lamp, pics of my hubby and my family, a mirror, some super-awesome OU paraphernalia, a Rosie the Riveter, a ginormous Heineken poster and an Empire Records poster. Okay now that I list all that and look around it does seem to be decorated. Yes. I decorate my cube.
bransugar79 bransugar79 9 years
I've been at my job for almost a year and a half now, and honestly I didn't decorate that much because I don't liek abunch of clutter. But a few months ago my coworkers decorated my cube with stuff before my wedding and I loved it so much I left it up. Now I have Dragon flies hanging from the ceiling above my desk and fairy stickers all over. It's like being in an enchanted garden all day and it helps with stress too. We often do stuff like that for each other on birthdays special holidays and such and it makes it fun.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
I would so do it... I've seen some snazzy looking cubicles! There has to be something to stimulate the mind.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
I have my own office at work which is nice. So my famred diploma is hanging on the wall (I'm very proud of being a UT grad) along with a watercolor painting of my hometown and some pictures of my family.
amerynn amerynn 9 years
It definitely depends on where you work! I have a few pictures of me and my husband up as well as some art - I work with photography in a very small company, so it's totally appropriate. I took a cue from my co-worker's and my bosses and everyone has art, photos, comics, and other little knick knacks in their spaces.
designerel designerel 9 years
at this job i have no cubicle, everyone has a gargantuan desk and we sit in groups (like in elementary school haha) so i don't have a whole lot on my desk bc i hate clutter. but at my last job (at a newspaper) i would put up pictures and have little knick-knacks on my desk.
tina_marie tina_marie 9 years
I think it depends on where you work. My office is somewhat conservative, so I have tasteful personal items; a couple of pictures and a small plan. I definitely don't have a little army of Troll Dolls or anything like that.
LadyAngel89 LadyAngel89 9 years
I have all kinds of pictures, a bulletin board, and random other things to make this cubicle jungle a little less drab.
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
I work at the corporate office of retail stores. We sell calendar, games and toys so my office is full of sample products that help decorate my cubie. I work in the logistics department so I also have mini trucks and airplanes from freight companies. My personal touches are a few family photos and some figurines I have acquired on my travels. The one thing I do not put up is a picture of my boyfriend because it leads to too many questions.
RadishSalad RadishSalad 9 years
That picture makes me giggle! That girl is typing on a black screen! Hahaa... Anyway, it would be fun to decorate! As George Carlin once talked about, a person always needs some of his or her stuff everywhere he or she goes!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
I did it on my first week. :p I have pixs of my family, my close girlfriends, and my boyfriend.
missyd missyd 9 years
I love to but I need some ideas.......
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