Father's Day Edition: How to Pack Your Garage, Toolshed, Or Workshop
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Power tools and fishing poles--excuse me, fly rods--and lawn mowers have long been the man's area, and most males would rather organize and pack their own area than have a ruthless spouse come through with an armload of garbage bags and zero regard for the emotional price of a busted pair of pliers. You could take the easy way out and phone a professional moving company to pack and move the whole thing for you….then you definitely don't have to read any further. Yet, if you're intending to load up the garage, workshop and toolshed for your move to Little Rock, you might be grateful for these suggestions to get it done.
What You'll Need
Assemble all the packing and padding equipment you may need. These are definitely the basics.
· Boxes and newsprint, bubble wrap, or any other insulating stuffing
· Plastic containers
· Twine or string
· Old, thick stockings
· Plastic storage containers in a variety of sizes
· Baggies in various sizes
· Markers and also labels
· Construction-grade trash bags
Your local moving company in Little Rock may provide customers used boxes and other moving materials at a reasonable rate, therefore you might want to consult with them ahead of forking over full price for materials at a neighborhood store.
"Curate" Your Things
Now is the time to sift through all your tools and clear away all the duplicates as well as the items you are not going to use. On your first pass with a garbage bag, find random pieces of cardboard, plastic, rope, papers, and everything else which is just plain garbage. Look through everything and plan to give away, sell, or toss whatever you are not going to use--admit it, some hobbies don't quite take off and do you truly need to move all that ancient ham radio equipment?
Have a, what's it known as? A yard sale to reduce all the stuff you don't want or donate functional stuff to an group like Habitat for Humanity. They will come pick it up.
You're right, packing up a kitchen space is easy--almost everything fits in boxes. Rakes and leaf blowers, not really. Get creative with packing huge, challenging, and unboxable gear and toys. Think outside the box with padding and packing, use whatever at home which meets your needs--there truly are no guidelines here.
· Secure shovels with each other, facing the same direction, and wrap the end with a blanket or bubble wrap. Place them in a garbage can for transport.
· Arrange loose screws, bolts, nails, or other small items into plastic containers or zip-lock bags.
· Wrap blades and saws in used socks, tape the socks in place. A simple bit of Styrofoam on the end of the sharp edge helps prevent bending or breaking.
· Stow tools inside their original cartons, should you have them. Otherwise, pad the tools and put them inside similar-sized boxes or plastic bins.
· Precision tools ought to be wrapped and cushioned snugly and boxed with plenty of insulation so they do not bounce on the road.
· Eliminate all the fuel from power equipment a few days prior to the move and leave the gas tank lids open so all fumes can evaporate.
· Use little baggies or boxes for nails and fasteners, and tape them to the handles or tag and put within a small parts box so you know precisely what should go where when it all goes back together.
· Take the batteries out of all small tools, place them in baggies, and tape them to the handle.
Batteries, paint, chemicals, fertilizers, as well as any fuels aren't allowed on moving trucks, and it's not a great idea to move them within your automobile. Leave paint for the new owners, give anything which is usable to your local Habitat for Humanity, and properly get rid of the remainder. Your area landfill might have separate places for things like batteries, computers as well as other electronic devices, and flammable liquids.
You need to start packing up your toolshed and garage once you know you are moving. DO NOT leave it for the last second as this is one of the most labor intensive and time-consuming component of moving. And, in case you determine that packing the garage, workshop and shed is way too much for you to manage without any help, do not be afraid to enlist the aid of a professional mover. Give A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Little Rock a call today!
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