Did you know that cubicles were considered liberating when they were first designed in the 1960s? True story—workers were actually thankful for the invention because the moveable walls allowed them to create and customize their own personal workspaces .
Though times have changed, and it can feel like you’re working out of a cardboard box sometimes, the cubicle still has the chance to become your own special office.
(And for those of you who work out in the open, don’t worry—there’s plenty here for you, too.)
First things first, if you’ve got a cubicle, you might as well flaunt it! Make it seem a bit like home with this cute sign.
If Reuben the Swan can always be on the cutting edge of white-collar swan society, you can too (seriously, click on the link above—Reuben has quite the backstory). Replace that old motivational poster with one of these charming and inspiring animal scenes.
Everyday calendars are a bore, so swap one of your two-dimensional calendars with these fun wooden blocks—every day can stack up just right.
Hang your assignments up (or give your friends mustaches in any photos you have on the wall) with some cool-shaped pushpins.
This vibrant pad makes it easy to keep track of your work all week and fits perfectly in front of your keyboard so you don’t have to go reaching for a notepad when inspiration hits.
Take wastebasket basketball to a whole new level with this notepad. Throwing things away was never this much fun! (Just, you know, make sure you don’t throw out anything important.)
What’s better than having the cutest animal on the planet dispense you tape? Let me answer that for you—nothing. End of story.
It’s the plant you can’t possibly kill! These terrariums require barely any attention or soil, so decorate them how you’d like and add some natural décor to your indoor space.
For all the times you need to call Batman to save you from an overbearing boss or workload.
Be mesmerized watching this volcano spew “lava.” Just a quick warning: It is unlikely that you will get work done ever again.
11. Tassel Garland
Add a bit of texture and color to an otherwise bland, grey wall!
12. Starlet Lamp
Bask under the glow of your desk lamp like a star every day.
13. Mini Soda Fridge
No more warm drinks (or stolen drinks) for you with this single beverage refrigerator, which works simply by plugging into your computer!
You can’t expect your workload to just up and walk away, but maybe if your pens and pencils did, it would feel a bit better.
15. Vector Organizer
The best part of this organizer is that you can see every single thing on it—making it much more difficult to stockpile office supplies you’ll never actually use.
Store your pushpins in this pretty set, and let your ideas take flight.
17. Ouija Mousepad
Test your fates every time you scroll. Wait—did I actually move the mouse, or was it a ghost?
As an Associate Editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.More from this Author