Step Away from the Tape Dispenser!

By
Home Stager with Transition Stage LLC

Step Away from the Tape Dispenser!

There comes a time in every house move where the tiredness adds up, tempers flair, and arguments begin. "That's coming with us!" "No, that's going to charity!" No, I want it for the den." "I told you it won't fit in that space."

Or one person has a hard time letting go while the other wants to throw everything out and start anew. Trying to get all the little repairs on the punch list done. Calling and re-calling the handyman, the plumber, the electrician, the appliance repair place. Losing track of what you had in your hand a minute ago.


Tape Dispenser


I say, step away from the tape dispenser and take a deep breath. And another. One more now. OK, you've re-oxygenated your brain, you've calmed down a little, and you're ready to move to the next task.

Remember to drink lots of water, to eat on a schedule, to keep your energy steady. Remember that person you're arguing with is your loved one and you're starting a new adventure together. All will be well.

The new place WILL feel like home. Your repairs will get done, your move will be completed, and you'll be able to put your feet up and relax in your new place pretty soon.

Moving is stressful, and exhausting. And then it's over and you'll gradually forget how bad it all seemed while it was going on. Really, it will.

OK, time for another deep breath....

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Step Away from the Tape Dispenser!

Comments (34)

Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Valerie - Thank you! It's such a good time to toss those things that are worn out, those we never use, and the things we've kept despite not ever really liking them. I love it that Georges tones down your "toss arm" - that's a very funny image!

Jul 29, 2011 01:00 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

HI Karen - Thanks - what a cool thing to say! I think part of the stress is when people start realizing just how much that closet or dresser or bookcase holds - there's a point where it seems never-ending.

Jul 29, 2011 01:03 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

We didn't just move, we built a house and then moved.  Talk about stress, it's a real test of a marriage!  You are so right...before you know it, you are settled in and happy!

Jul 29, 2011 09:42 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hmm, why does this sound just like my childbirth class-breathe deeply-it will be over and you will forget it-and you are right, it works!!!

Jul 29, 2011 10:44 AM
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Judy - I have clients holding a garage sale this weekend, their house is being fumigated for termites on Monday and we're closing on August 5.  They are exhausted and stressed but know the finish line is in sight.

Jul 29, 2011 12:27 PM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Judy, being married to a builder we have moved often....I get to do all the packing, most of the moving( over a few weeks time, since the next home is a new construction and empty) like clothes, kitchen stuff, breakables, ect, all but the furniture and heavy boxes (for that a moving company). Oh, and I forgot to mention the cleaning in the new house and clean up after the move in the old one too. I hate to admit how exhausting it is and what I'd like to throw out, like my husband for making us move! LOL

Jul 29, 2011 05:06 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

HI Sharon - Wow! That really does take it up a couple of notches! Sounds like you have a good, strong marriage.

Jul 30, 2011 03:03 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Joanna - Both are high-stress situations, although childbirth is a whole other universe in terms of physical involvement!

Jul 30, 2011 03:04 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Norma - It's good when the finish line starts to appear in our sightlines, isn't it?  Your clients have that added bit of stress, though. It's good that they have you to count on.

Jul 30, 2011 03:05 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Ellen - Whew! I bet all that moving is VERY exhausting. You must be very patient - and very strong with lots of stamina.

Jul 30, 2011 03:06 PM
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Judy--I love the title of your post.  It's so true--know when you've had enough and take a break.  Moving is very stressful no matter how well one has planned and organized. 

Jul 30, 2011 07:33 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Janet - Thanks! Everyone gets a bit cranky when moving - there's just so much to do, and endless decisions to make, on top of all the physical work of sorting and packing every single thing in the house.

Jul 31, 2011 12:30 AM
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

moving is stressful. and even not moving, when you are trying to organize and get rid of some stuff, it is very hard.

Jul 31, 2011 02:18 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Sheila - That is so true!

Jul 31, 2011 02:22 PM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Hi Judy,

Moving can be exhausting...  and when a person is tired they don't always think clearly.  Great advice to step back and take a deep breath.  Home Stagers know all to well about the ups and downs of moving...  between staging and de-staging each property we end up moving our furniture and accessories more times in a year than most people do in a lifetime.  I wouldn't change it for anythings though...  I really love what I do!!! 

Aug 04, 2011 04:33 AM
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Judy, cute title! It's so true that we need to pace ourselves during times like this.

Aug 05, 2011 07:55 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Linda - You're so right. I'm so glad that you love staging, because you are definitely doing a whole lot more moves than most other people!

Aug 05, 2011 11:35 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Janice - Thanks! Pacing ourselves during a move really does help.

Aug 05, 2011 11:36 AM
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Judy. Nice piece.  I try and let clients know to be realistic in their goals to de-clutter, pack, paint, etc.  Also to not stress about it and to ask family and friends for their assistance.  Being patient with each other and  reminding themselves to set goals and deadlines that are attainable.

Aug 18, 2011 02:07 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

HI Wendy - Thank you! Those are all really good reminders for people in the stressful situation of moving.

Aug 18, 2011 12:34 PM