Father's Day Edition: How to Pack Your Garage, Toolshed, Or Workshop

Pack Your GarageBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

So, you are moving. It doesn't matter if it's a local move in Little Rock or possibly a long-distance move to Little Rock, you're going to have to pack all your "stuff" and transport it to your new residence. Let's face it…there's often a clear distribution of labor in many homes in relation to moving--one partner oversees the home, and the other manages the garage and toolshed. It is the kind of stuff that sends teenagers into a mania, that Mom packs the residence and Dad packs the garage. Go ahead and persuade them to assist and help wherever they choose--if it's somewhere, you shall not judge.

Power equipment and fishing poles--excuse me, fly rods--and lawn mowers have for ages been the man's domain, and a lot men opt to arrange and pack their own domain than have a callous spouse come through with an armload of garbage bags and not any consideration for the sentimental value of a damaged screwdriver. You could take the simple way out and call a professional moving company to pack and move pretty much everything for you….in which case you don't have to peruse any further. But, if you are planning to pack the garage, workshop and storage shed for your move to Little Rock, you may appreciate these tips to get it done.

What You Should Have

Accumulate all the packing and padding materials you may need. These are the essentials.

· Boxes and newsprint, bubble wrap, or another insulating padding

· Plastic bins

· Twine or rope

· Tape

· Old, thicker stockings

· Plastic containers in various dimensions

· Baggies in assorted sizes

· Markers and also labels

· Construction-grade garbage bags

Your local moving company in Little Rock might supply clients used boxes and other moving materials at an affordable price, consequently you might want to consult with them ahead of forking over full price for supplies at a close by store.

"Curate" Your Things

Now's the time to sift through all your tools and eliminate all the duplicates and also the things you're not going to use. On your primary pass with a waste bag, grab random parts of cardboard, plastic, string, papers, and everything else that is just plain garbage. Sort through all the things and decide to give away, sell, or toss whatever you're not going to use--face it, various pastimes never quite take off and do you actually want to move all that old ham radio equipment?

Hold a, what is it called? A yard sale to reduce all the stuff you don't want or give away practical material to an organization like Habitat for Humanity. They will likely come pick it up.

Packing Recommendations

You're correct, packing up the kitchen area is easy--pretty much everything fits in boxes. Shovels and lawn mowers, not really. Be creative with packing big, cumbersome, and unboxable tools and toys. Use your imagination with padding and packing, use whatever throughout the house which satisfies your needs--there truly are no policies here.

· Band rakes together, facing the same way, and cover the bottom with a blanket or bubble wrap. Place them in a trash can for transport.

· Organize loose screws, bolts, nails, or other not so big objects into plastic containers or zip-lock bags.

· Cover blades and saws in old socks, tape the socks into place. A small amount of Styrofoam around the end of the sharp edge helps prevent bending or breaking.

· Put tools in their original cartons, if you have them. If not, cushion the tools and stow them inside similar-sized packaging or plastic bins.

· Precision tools ought to be packaged and cushioned snugly and boxed with enough insulating material so they don't bounce on the road.

· Get rid of all the fuel from power tools a few days prior to the move and leave the tank lids open so all vapors will evaporate.

· Make use of little baggies or boxes for screws and fasteners, and secure them to the handles or tag and set inside a small parts box so you will know precisely what will go where when it all goes back together.

· Take the batteries from any small tools, put the batteries in baggies, and tape them to the handle.

Suitable Disposal

Batteries, paint, solvents, fertilizers, and also any fuels will not be allowed on moving trucks, and it's not a great idea to move them inside your car. Leave paint for the new owners, give anything that's functional to your local Habitat for Humanity, and properly dispose of the rest. Your area landfill may have different places for items like batteries, computers along with other electronics, and flammable liquids.

Begin Early

You need to start packing up your toolshed and garage when you first realize you will be moving. DO NOT leave it for the very end as this is the most labor intensive and time-consuming component of moving. And, in case you decide that packing the garage, workshop and shed is simply too much that you can handle without any help, don't be hesitant to get the assistance of a professional mover. Give A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Little Rock a call today!


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