Down on the cubicle farm, things can get pretty homogenous. Matters become blander still if your boss is strict about maintaining a professional atmosphere and regulates your style of desktop bric-a-brac. If pinning up your favorite art or arranging your Halo action figures on your desk is frowned upon, you might try this easy little trick for venting a small bit of your creative vapors.
Start by switching to a clear glass bottle for your daily water intake. I find that a spent Arizona Tea bottle sans the shrink-wrapped labeling works perfectly. Just make a small cut on the edge of that plastic and the labeling tears cleanly off. Next, grab a few rubber bands and put them around the bottle.
Voila, you’ve got yourself a completely modular piece of desk art. Arrange the rubber bands in different ways whenever the mood strikes you. The color scheme will vary depending on what drink you happen to be sipping. Coke makes for a nice contrast to beige rubber bands, though that sticky mess is a little hard to clean out at the end of the day. Just make sure that whatever container you use can be easily cleaned if you’re going to be drinking anything other than water out of it.
As you can see, sketches of zombie hands and portraits of raptors on velocipedes are acceptable décor in my workplace.*