How To Be Elevator-Zen

Hello there! Hope you all had a fantabulous weekend! 

How did I enjoy my weekend? Well, I’m glad you asked. Apart from being incredibly busy celebrating my lovely wife’s birthday, there was also a little bit of time to watch some awesome Ellen videos. Yep, Ellen’s my go-to! Anyway, we decided to watch a few of her monologues, I really love those! Her airplane etiquette bit was hilarious, and naturally it got me thinking about blog stuff. Sadly I haven’t been on an airplane in a while, so my wisdom in that area is a bit rusty. But, I do always enjoy writing an etiquette type post. So, what was I going to write about? Then it came to me, elevator etiquette, of course! This is a post I’ve been thinking about for quite a while now, so I decided it was time to share my elevator knowledge with the world. Chandler has definitely helped me in the elevator research department. Now that I almost always need to find one when I’m out and about, I’ve seen plenty of them in the past few months! So, here come my Zoey valuated Tips 🙂 … although, I’m doing this one a bit differently. I shall separate my tips into three parts: beginning (getting into the elevator), middle (standing in the elevator), and end (getting out). Let’s see how this goes…


How to Be Elevator-Zen – Zoey valuated Style

Beginning – Okay, so! You’ve pressed the button and are waiting for your lift to arrive. I always try to remember to stand not directly in front of the door, so people can easily get out. Once the elevator’s empty, try to assess how many people are getting in with you. People with a walker, wheelchair, etc… they go first (not just because that’s me hehe). Everyone else goes in and stands close to the wall, leaving the open space in the middle for the next elevator-peeps. Now, here’s a bit of a controversial one…  seeing someone running to catch the elevator. Most people say that it’s so important to hold the doors for them. I mean, otherwise it seems rude, right? Well, I believe that there are two sides to this. Yes, it’s definitely very nice of you to hold the doors, BUT it also makes the person feel like they have to run to relieve you of this duty. Lots of pressure, for some people I think. No idea really what the best solution is, so this I shall leave up to all of you smart readers of mine. In other words, this can be a judgement call, as they say.  

Middle – Standing in a very small space with multiple complete strangers? Sounds fun, doesn’t it? Similar to riding on a bus, it’s so important to stay in your own space. My personal rule with this: try to stay as far from strangers as you would want them to stand from you. In other words, personal bubble, breathing space… always good things! So, now you’re standing, what’s next? If you are close to the button panel, asking your fellow-elevator-peeps which floor they’re going to, is super helpful. They will always appreciate it, one less thing for them to worry about! Because, let’s be honest, they must be just as unsure about all of this as you are. Small talk? Definitely not super necessary. A simple “hey” or “good morning” should do the trick when you join your elevator buddies. Another thing, if you’re stuck at the back of the tiny space and notice that your floor is before others, letting fellow-riders know … very helpful. 

End – Reached your floor? People closest to the door leave first, if at all possible that is. If you’re still stuck at the back, squeaking a quick “excuse me” should do. Okay, it doesn’t have to be a squeak per se, but I guess just not screaming is key. Again, mobility aid users should go first. Then, hopefully those waiting outside have also followed my number 1 tip. If not…  well, it’s a vicious cycle, my friends 🙂 


There ya have it, folks, my personal tiny tidbits of advice for elevator usage. Not sure if they will bring you to the “Elevator-Zen” place I mention in my title, but hopefully at least it shall bring you closer to that magical (yet, potentially-not-even-possible) place. 

Do you have any of your own tips to share, or any elevator share-worthy stories? Go ahead and spill in the comments below! 

Thanks for reading, guys! 🙂

 

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One thought on “How To Be Elevator-Zen

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  1. Jackie

    August 8, 2017 at 12:39pm

    Can i tell you why i love this post. Because i actually genuwinly hate elevators for allllll of those above things. Its awfully awkward. No matter where you stand. If its packed its horribly awkward. If there is two of you… you tend to look up or down and i dont know why. Haha. I use elevator to go to the gym everyday and everyday i hate ot that little bit more. Noone has correct ettiquette and guess what.. when i seen someone coming i press close even harder and faster so that theu cant catch up and make it awkward. So when they do and the door open i ask god whyyyyy? Great post!

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      Zoey Schvan

      August 8, 2017 at 12:52pm

      Hahaha yes, I love your strategy! Let people wait for it to come back again 🙂
      Good call, Jackie 👍

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  2. Lee Griffin

    August 11, 2017 at 5:28pm

    I hate elevators! I use the stairs whenever I can, but take the elevator when I return home. It’s awkward, crowded (the combination of fragrance and body odor doesn’t help either), and incredibly hot – always end up with a case of motion sickness the few floors I have to go up.

    When it comes to holding the door open, I normally just let it close, if I’m the only one in the elevator. Because so many people are coming and going, once you let one person in, everyone piles on.

    One rule I’d like to add is that if you’re able-bodied, not carrying anything heavy, and only going up (or down) one or two floors is to take the stairs. Not only does it save time, but you get some steps in and doesn’t slow the elevator down.

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      Zoey Schvan

      August 12, 2017 at 2:03am

      Yep definitely, and for able-bodied folks, it’s good exercise as well 🙂 Sucks that elevators are so stressful for you! Hopefully you don’t have to take them too too often. Good for you, letting the door close. People can always take the next one… They come so frequently.
      Thanks so much for your thoughts! 💟💟

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