Cubicle Musings

Preview:  this blog post will cover my thoughts on my cubicle and cubicle decorating, as well as showing the pictures I used to decorate my cubicle.

Let’s get to it.

The minute I walked into my internship, I knew I was going to like it here.  As my boss gave me a run down of the building, a couple places really dazzled me.  One was the supply closet–an endless supply (within reason, of course) of pens, paper, and paper clips.

As a student who survived a whole semester on a single 5-subject notebook and one of two pens, the closet is simply amazing.  The supply closet wasn’t even the best part.  It’s my cubicle that’s the star.

I know cubicles are not exactly thrilling or even positive to many people.  Some people seem to really hate cubicles, like the artist of this graffiti does, I assume:

“Death by Cubicle,” James Stencilowsky CC BY 2.0

I get it.  The beige walls that are as tall as me, the shelving unit that takes up too much space of my already limited surroundings, the fluorescent desk light that I never turn on, the overhead fluorescent light that is always on, the chair that doesn’t offer any back support… these are all things I experience every day.

… but I’m still super pumped to have a cubicle.

Honestly, I can’t tell you exactly why.  It’s probably a mix of “I feel like an adult for the first time” and “I’m an intern so they could have stuck me in the supply closet or mail room with an itsy bitsy desk and I would have still had to say thank you.”  I’m fresh to the working world and at the bottom of the totem pole, but my cubicle doesn’t make it feel that way.

However, cubicle philosophy was not my first thought about my cubicle.  That was a couple thoughts later.  My first thought was:  I need to decorate it.  I know, I know.  I know how that sounds, and I know how that statement deserves a couple eye rolls.  If you reference the above description, however, you should understand why my cubicle needed some sprucing.

It wasn’t that easy though.  I took to the internet for examples and was immediately intimidated.  Just look at these on Pinterest!

“Castle_Cube_4” by Brent Ozar CC BY-SA 2.0

When you plaster wall paper up on the walls, I don’t know if it is even a cubicle anymore.  As fancy as some of those are, I think they’re most like cubicle castles.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a “DIY Cubicle Turret” video somewhere in the mix on that page.

I decided to go a more simple route and use the supplies available to me:  a color printer, a pair of scissors, and bulletin board pins.  I printed five pictures that I thought would really brighten up the place.

First, a wonderful picture of a print by Roaring Softly (which I am going to buy) that combines two things I love:  coffee and Gilmore Girls.  I knew my cubicle needed decor that illustrated my coffee addiction, and I was happy I could incorporate my obsession with Gilmore Girls at the same time.  I think this picture really shows that I’m a successful multi-tasker.

Second, this picture features one of the most important people in my life:  the one and only Leslie Knope.  I identify with Ms. Knope–I was even Leslie for Halloween this year.  We both have a lot in common, like a love for Joe Biden, breakfast food, and unadulterated enthusiasm for the things and people we love.  This picture features a couple of those concepts.

Leslie Knope
(I got the picture from this article, but added the caption myself because I 100% wanted this exact quote.  It’s about work, so it’s relevant to work, right?)

Pictures three, four, and five  are all related to each other by a common theme:  they are things I wish I had in my cubicle, but I do not.

Here’s the window I wish I had.

“Blackwell House View” by Andrew Gustar CC BY-ND 2.0

Here’s the plants I wish I had.

Finally, here we have the inspirational desk I wish I had.

Maybe someday if I have a more permanent working situation, I will invest in a castle cubicle, complete with turrets and a moat.  Until that day, I think my pictures have accomplished my decor needs for now.

To anyone reading this blog post:  do you have experience with cubicles?  I’d love to hear your cubicle musings!

Featured Image:  Mark Sebastian CC BY-SA 2.0