Making My Office A Happy Place

We spend a lot of time at work.  Some would argue we spend more time at work than we do at home.  This time of the year my work gears up for a busy few months as the end of the school year approaches.

I’ve been lucky enough to have an office space in both my “big girl” jobs.  I didn’t realize how lucky I was to have a space of my own until I really sat down to think about how many of my peers either had small cubicles or an open office environment.  Up until recently I did not decorate my offices.  I’m not sure why I didn’t.  When I look back I can recall that I felt trapped in them.  Nothing was inviting.  I often joked that one of my office spaces felt like a prison cell.  No windows and blank walls.  Whose fault was that?  Completely mine!

I was grateful when my boss allowed me to move into an office space with a window a few months ago.  It originally belonged to a beloved coworker who moved on for a fantastic new job.  I was so sad to see her leave. I did, however, look at it as a new opportunity to re-energize myself and create the perfect workspace for me.

Aromatherapy
I recently became interested in essential oils for aromatherapy.  I’m still not convinced they have healing powers but a lot can be said about how certain smells can sustain a positive mood.

I purchased a small essential oil diffusers from a local bohemian bath and body gift shop in the small town where I work.  It is small enough to cover my office but not be overwhelming for my coworkers and their space.  It is battery operated and can also be plugged into the wall (this is the option I choose).  The other great thing about this diffuser is that it doesn’t require water to work.

I also bought a simple essential oil set from Amazon.  This $15 kit has lasted me several months and has a good assortment of scents to choose form.  Right now I’m using “Lemon Grass.”  I put a few drops into the diffuser and it’s good for the day.  The scent is inviting and seems to help my mood during the work day.  I also use “Sweet Orange” in my office when I want to change it up.

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Wall Art
Wall art can be expensive!  I knew I didn’t want to spend a lot of money so I went on a search expedition through the Amazon wormhole.

Purple is my favorite color.  It reminds me of my mom since it was her favorite color as well.  I found a beautiful three panel purple tulip item on Amazon for $15!  I was so pleased with the quality of the item and it fit perfectly above the two off-white colored chairs in front of my desk.

Need something that fills up a space that doesn’t cost a fortune?  The secret?  Vinyl wall decals!  They fill up a wall and can easily be removed.  It does not create holes in the wall and is easy to change out if you get bored with the look later on down the road.  Through a “purple flower wall vinyl” search I found the perfect set that complimented my purple tulip wall art.  The kicker – only $14!  I bought two sets and placed them around my office.  I receive SO many compliments.  Everyone thinks they are painted on but I proudly tell them they are vinyl decals.  They are the best addition to my office!

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Inspirational Quotes
The older I get the more I love short, inspirational quotes all around.  I also like them to be displayed in a creative way.  When I come across a meaningful quote I print it out and place it where I can see it everyday.  I have them taped at the bottom of my computer screen and on an inexpensive bulletin board on my office wall. I found the “Good and Great” pictures at Target for $5.  I was so happy!

I look at the quotes when I’m feeling stressed.  It doesn’t make the stress go away completely but it’s a nice kick in the butt when I need to focus my mind on the positive things in my life.

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Novelties
The small novelties that really show my personality is the most fun!  I bought myself an unicorn coffee cup for Christmas last year.  I absolutely love unicorns and flamingos.  They are quirky and I like to think of myself as a little quirky too 🙂 It really throws people off when they find out about it and I love it!  It’s aways nice to surprise people and let them there is more to me than what meets the eye.

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Overall, I have noticed a big change in my work ethic since putting in the effort of creating a workspace that fits my personality and is inviting to others.  It did not take a lot of money and makes all the difference in creating my happy place at work.

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