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I've moved across the country three times, and am putting the wheels in motion for a fourth. I know from experience what an exhausting, expensive experience it will probably be, so I need all the motivation I can get. The idea of all my boxes sealed and labelled with fun chartreuse tape is just the inspiration I need…

Admittedly, it's a small reward for hours of packing, organizing, and hauling, but it makes me happy. The color is so unusual (the photo does not do it justice) and I love it so much — it makes me feel like I'm moving me, not just all my stuff. When I get to where I'm going, there will be so many unknowns, so many things missing (my friends, my usual haunts, my jobs), I think it will be a source of comfort to see my boxes all stacked up and jauntily adorned with fluoro yellow tape.

Before you think this might be a case of buying-something-for-the-sake-of-buying-something, I should note that I needed to buy packing tape anyway, but the idea of clear tape depressed me. I considered gold duct tape for a hit of shine, but it can leave such sticky residue, and I'll be labeling all my plastic storage bins as well as cardboard boxes. Before I had a chance to look online for what's new and hot in the world of tape, I found this roll at the dollar store on 16th between Valencia and Mission in San Francisco. They also had a roll of salmon-pink tape that I was very tempted to buy, and may get for care package wrapping purposes..

There are, of course, countless wonders awaiting me at the other end of my move, and a new life that I'm thrilled to start — but I know from experience that during the overwhelming moving process, such rewards can seem far-off and abstract. A roll of bright yellow tape, on the other hand, provides much-needed instant gratification.

(Image: Tess Wilson)