If I'm Going To Move Across The Country Again, I'm Going To Need Some Fun Tape

If I'm Going To Move Across The Country Again, I'm Going To Need Some Fun Tape

Tess Wilson
Mar 11, 2013

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)

moving--truck moving--dates moving--dolly moving--house moving--cal Created with Sketch. moving--apt