It’s Day 1 of your new job, and you’re eagerly waiting to see your new office space. What style will your furniture be? Where will you hang your diploma? Will your window have a park or city view?
Well, think again. It’s a cubicle. And it’s smaller than your closet.
Truth is, entry-level and well-seasoned professionals alike find themselves in a cube for much of their careers—many companies opt for the ease, cost-efficiency, and community that those faux-walls provide. So like it or not, you might not be leaving cubicle-land any time soon.
But just because your space is small doesn’t mean it can’t be big on organization—or style. Here’s how transform your pint-sized office from confined to divine.
1. Get Organized
The biggest complaint I hear from my cubicle-bound clients is that they just don’t have enough workspace. To fix this, lift your everyday office supplies—paper clips, post-its, pencils—off of your desk with a charming organizer.
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2. Clear the Decks
Get those space-hogging flat items—your inbox and important files—off your desk, but keep them within grabbable range with this file rack.
3. Put it All-in-One
For extra-tiny spaces, choose a multi-organizer—files, projects, office supplies, and binders all elevate in a snap.
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4. Hang it Up
Keep your go-to documents neat, tidy, and easily accessible with these clips, designed specifically for fabric cubicle panels. (Who wants paper with push-pin holes in it, anyway?)
5. Get a Pocket Protector
Prefer your docs protected from the dangers of spilled coffee? Put up these handy pockets, also designed for fabric-walled cubicles.
6. Hide the Evidence
The area below your desk has less leg room than an airplane—definitely not enough room for your work tote, handbag, some defunct files, and a closet’s worth of shoes. Instead, stash your goods in a decorative box on top of your cubicle cabinets—no one will have any idea there are flip-flops inside.
7. Hang Your Handbag
You don’t like to put your bag on the floor at a restaurant, so why should you at work? Give your work bag the respect it deserves and hang it in the spotlight with this cubicle hook.
8. Conceal Your Cords
There’s no bigger eyesore than a mess of wires and plugs. Keep your cords in check by wrapping extra length with cable ties and hiding power strips away in a cable box.
9. Stay in Control
Another option for getting your cords and cables in order stylishly: these cheerful Cordies from Quirky.
10. Freshen Up
Now that your space is all cleared out, get the stagnant air circulating with a small (and stylish) desk fan. (Of course, if you’re always cold, stick a small space heater underneath your desk.)
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11. Keep Watch
Cubicles can leave you feeling a little overexposed. Keep an eye on people approaching from behind with this rear-view-mirror, and you’ll never be caught planning your next vacation (or, let’s be honest, trolling for your next job, where you might actually have an office) again.