Whether it’s a cubicle or a full office, the place you work should not only be a reflection of your personal style, but a space you love to be in. Here are my tried and true tips for creating a working space all your own.
Make it a point to decorate
I put off decorating my own office until I literally could not stand staring at a blank wall any longer. By the time I actually got around to decorating weeks had passed, and once it was all said and done, I wished I had done it sooner! Make an effort to starting picking out items within the first week of moving in to a new space.
Find a unique piece
In a world of Hobby Lobby, Target and Pier 1 imports, its important to find a unique statement (or 2!) piece all your own. Mine is a vintage map of the Caribbean, where I’ve traveled to on multiple service trips. Thrift shops and Etsy are great options for finding that one of a kind item that will really make a space yours.
Decide on a feeling
Working full time can be many things. Exciting, stressful, energizing etc. For me it was important that my work space is a place that calms me. With a cream, navy and blush pink color scheme, plenty of scripture quotes and photos of family and friends I was able to create a place that relaxes me. Decide on a mood you want to invoke in your space and run with it.
Create a space for others
Even as a self-professed introvert, I love my coworkers and want to create a space for them to enjoy as well. A few chairs, a soft blanket and plenty of tea bags with extra mugs ensure I have a space everyone feels comfortable and welcome in.
When college is finally over, so are your days of rolling out of bed 5 minutes before class and throwing on the standard uniform of a Comfort Colors sorority tee, athletic shorts and Chacos (or Birks, but personally I’m team #chaconation). Unless you go into the medical profession and are lucky enough to get to wear scrubs every day, you’re going to need a brand new working wardrobe. Whether you’re teaching or accounting, hopefully these tips will help you build a stylish new closet (without breaking the bank!)
1. Stock on the staples
There are some pieces you can just count on needing. A well-tailored pair of black plants, a cardigan to take dresses from summer to fall, a pair of comfortable booties and some statement flats are my essentials. And don’t forget a tote bag big enough to hold your laptop and planner!
2. Can I wear this to work?
Whenever I’m shopping for a piece of clothing, whether its work specific or not- I always ask myself – is this something I can wear to work? The key to not spending too much is to let your clothes do double duty. Would the top you’re contemplating look just as cute with jeans on date night as it would with a pencil skirt in the office? If yes-buy with my blessing, you found yourself a worthwhile investment!
3. Watch where you shop
While a working wardrobe should be an investment, it doesn’t need to be a huge blow to your bank account! My favorite stores to check out are H and M, Old Navy and yes even Target! While you may absolutely need a blazer from Banana Republic, I promise there are places you can find it cheaper. Save the name brands for your CEO years!