My company is moving to a new office the week after next, so every employee is packing box after box of stuff to go to the new place. Some people seem to have jammed more books, games, toys, posters, action figures, shipping tubes, files, papers and small appliances into their cubicles than I have in any given room of my house.
I am not one of those people. So far I have loosely filled one box with personal items, including my stress ball collection (two of them), framed photos of my husband and cats, my desk lamp (with a burned out bulb), a potted philodendron, and miscellaneous books. When I leave the office next Wednesday, all I'll have left to take is my laptop, a large teacup, a coaster, the contents of one drawer, and any uneaten Luna Bars that may lurk in my file cabinet.
My officemate and I have been given eight or ten huge plastic tubs for packing the things that we want the company to move for us, and so far we haven't even filled one. You can tell that neither one of us has worked for the company for a particularly long time.
The most important thing I have learned in this process so far is that there is absolutely no point in my ever filing anything. I went through every file folder in my drawer and ended up keeping exactly three sheets of paper. Everything else went in the recycle bin.
I used to be more of a nester at work, but I got out of the habit after repeated moves from one desk to another and one office building to another. I used to be that way about the stuff in my home for the same reason, but now that we've lived here for twelve years, the goods have started to collect.
So what's your desk style? Are you a "big cube o' fun" type or is your cubicle as Spartan as mine?