Moving Furniture

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA

For all of her adult life, one of my mother's favorite hobbies has been moving furniture - as in rearranging furniture. She can't stop.  Chances are, when you visit the house it will look different than the last time you were there.

Woman extending hand to help man who has fallenMy father grew up in an unchanging household.  Furniture was in the same place and position for decades and decades. Not so in the house he shares with my mother.

One of the oft told stories in our family shows the downside of a furniture moving obsession. 

Years ago, when my brother was a baby, my father, still dressed in his suit and tie from work, took him upstairs to put him to bed.  Unbeknownst to him, my mother had decided to put a chair in the hall outside my brother's room.  My father tripped over the chair in the hall and went sliding across the hardwood floor of the bedroom on his knees.  He managed to keep baby Andy safely cradled in his arms the entire time but wore holes in the knees of his pants from the slide.

I didn't inherit my mother's fascination with moving furniture.  My house stays pretty much as-is. In fact, I've been known to keep items for years in the exact place they were dropped (with no thought or intention) during the initial move-in.  I just don't have the moving furniture fever.


Today I discovered that the moving furniture gene is alive and well - it's just skipped a generation.

Gorgeous cat in a cat bed on an Oriental rug


Recently a local store had cat beds on sale.  I picked up one for Champ figuring it would be an improvement on the blanket-covered box I had made for him.


I thought the knee-hole in my office desk was a perfect spot for a bed.  There's a radiator in the kneehole and he would be close by while I worked.  Champ and I call the radiators "furnaces" - and he loves to lie next to one when I turn up the heat.  He needs to warm his chilly paws in this old, drafty house.


Champ checked out the bed in the afternoon and went off elsewhere.  Later, I was at my desk and noticed that he was lying in his new bed.


I ran an errand and later was back at my desk in my office.  My cell phone rang in the kitchen and I jumped up to get it.


When I got to the hall there was Champ.  In his bed.  In the hall. 


I'm still stunned by it.  Champ had taken his new bed from the office and brought it to the spot he preferred, next to his favorite "furnace" in the hall.


Yup - it seems Champ has inherited his Nan's furniture moving hobby. Who knew?!

Comments (13)

Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

:) Cute story - Thanks for the smile!

Jan 16, 2012 12:26 PM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Wayne & Jean ~ Champy's story is definitely a new family legend!


Jan 16, 2012 12:27 PM
Marcia Kramarz
Re/Max Executive Realty - Medway, MA

Will keep you hopping!  Thanks for sharing ....

Jan 16, 2012 12:28 PM
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker Realty, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Elizabeth - Great story.  Champ is smart to appreciate his new bed, and clever enough to know how to move it to the right spot!  That really make me smile!

Jan 16, 2012 12:32 PM
Dee Mayers
Covina, CA
San Gabriel Valley, CA

Elizabeth, gotta love them.  Speaking of moving things around, my cat when he was much younger didn't like the carbon filter the kind you put into the slot on top of the litter box cover.  He would pull it out and I would put it back.  I guess he got angry or tired pulling it out and he put it on my bed.  I got the message, no more carbon filter.  Whonu??!!

Oh, I'm a furniture mover.  When I clean house I move things around or change them out.  It adds visual interest.

Jan 16, 2012 12:49 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Elizabeth, this is a delightful story.  Champ is smart, determined, and warm!

Jan 16, 2012 12:49 PM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Marcia ~ They sure do, don't they?!

Hi Laura ~ He's a monkey - nothing if not determined. 

Hi Dee ~ That is too funny about the filter.  Unreal.  And to put it on your bed - ha! I always wish they could talk - they sure would have a lot to say.

Hi Sharon ~ Anything to keep him happy!!


Jan 16, 2012 12:56 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Funny story, Elizabeth.  Both your mother's and the cat's.  Thanks goodness you did not trip over Champ.

Jan 16, 2012 01:06 PM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Jane - Thanks!Love your new photo!  It's true - I often worry about tripping over Champer - can't afford any broken bones in this business!


Jan 16, 2012 02:19 PM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Liz, oh it is so good to see you pop up on my blog roll!!! I love it, Champ did indeed inherit the moving gene. Smart kitty that he is, but do watch out, you are right. Broken bones are not good for anything!

I hope you are well, looks like Champ is well, take care and have a fantastic 2012!!!!

Jan 16, 2012 10:41 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Liz  What a nice story .It certainly did bring a smile to my face .It is great to see you again have a wonderful 2012

Jan 18, 2012 03:34 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Funny story, Elizabeth. Your cat has quite the peronality!

Jan 29, 2012 03:58 PM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

LOL, Elizabeth, Champ is a smart kitty! It reminds me of when our mother kitties would have kittens and move the kittens to a new place. Cats are definitely very particular :)


Apr 01, 2012 02:52 PM