Going to work doesn’t always have to be a drag when you have a beautiful and organised desk. The environment affects your mood and productivity, so it makes perfect sense to perk up your workspace with these purse-friendly tips – even better, you won’t feel the pinch at all.
1. Transform Old Boxes Into Shelves
Remember those luxe mooncake boxes with their intricately designed towers of drawers?
If you can’t bear to throw them away, they’ll definitely come in handy on your office table, as they’re a good size to hold smaller items like a coin pouch and post-it notes. With the lovely oriental designs, you’ll always be ready for Chinese New Year, no matter the year.
You can also put used tissue boxes to good use by cutting off the top and painting or wrapping them in decorative paper to make a beautiful container for your knick-knacks.
2. Add Decorative Bookends
One easy way to add character to your office table is to use decorative bookends, which are not only pretty but super functional to boot.
Bookends have virtually no restriction when it comes to length and width, so you can place them as far apart as needed to hold your growing collection of books, files and documents in place.
3. Keep Things You've Unsure About In A Box
Stash stuff that you’re hesitant about throwing away in a labelled A4 paper box and stow it under your table.
If you want to “pimp up” your box, try wrapping the exterior in recycled Christmas wrapping paper, or just plaster the sides with pages torn out from your favourite magazines.
Be sure to review the box once in awhile and clear out the things you truly don’t need.
4. Small Plants
Liven up your table (quite literally) by introducing some low-maintenance plants in the form of succulents and cacti. These hardy troopers only require watering once a week, and will be your faithful companion through the good and bad days at work.
To amp up the cute factor, consider getting marimo balls, which are little squishy balls of algae that look like moss. They grow only 5mm a year, but are said to last for more than a century with proper care.
5. Cork Board And Washi Tape
Get a cork board and decorate it with washi tape, which is a form of patterned Japanese tape that instantly makes anything look more adorable.
Cover the empty space on your cork board with vibrant images and inspirational quotes to give yourself that added push, and stick post-its onto the board for your daily reminders.
6. Use Binder Clips
Binder clips are extremely useful as they can be used in many creative ways. One hack worth trying is to clip them to the edge of your table and slide your cables through the metal wings so they don’t get all jumbled up.
You can also try clipping it upright for a ready-made hook to hang anything from your earpiece to your necklace. Whip out that washi tape if you think the plain binder clips aren’t aesthetically pleasing.
We are all aware of how one’s environment can affect or reflect one’s state of mind. My bedroom usually reflects the state of other affairs and the relative organisation or stress level of my current circumstances, so decluttering is essential to promote harmonisation in one’s home.
Purge your personal spaces including your office desk, bedroom and living room of anything you no longer need. Clutter disrupts the flow of energy in your space to foster negative energy and impact on your wellbeing.
Taking small steps or spending an entire afternoon will all help to clear your space of clutter, even if you do it each day at work for 10 minutes.
If you can recycle or give valuable things away to loved ones or those in need in the process, even better! See here for organisations to donate to, and make use of your recycling bins!
8. Let It Flow
Miniature indoor fountains are a wonderful way of promoting great energy and boosting a calming home and office environment.
Flowing water is associated with cash flow and helps to ionise the air. Avoid placing one in the bedroom as it can represent weeping and worry in an intimate environment, by the front door or a common space is most appropriate.
9. Use Mirrors
Mirrors hold huge importance in the practice of feng shui, and can reflect and magnify good energy for financial and personal prosperity.
Make sure to have a prominent mirror in your dining room and lounge area so that when you have family gatherings the good energy will be amplified and the room more festive!
For small rooms and long corridors, place a mirror against the wall to make them larger and open up the space. Never place mirrors opposite your front door in your office or at home and also opposite your bed.
The front door symbolises good chi flowing away from your environment and a mirror opposite the bed can be overstimulating.
The same applies for toilets and fireplaces as the flushed water and raging fire elements can harness excessive, uncontrollable energy.
10. Go Soft
You might not want to follow this advice in other areas of your life, but going soft in your office is a must to follow the art of feng shui.
For example, try and opt for rounded tables rather than ones with four corners that angle towards yourself. Sharp lines and jagged edges are daggers for your chi and should be remedied to ensure a positive energy flow.
Text: Loh Pui Ying and Jennifer McGeever/HerWorldPlus