Father's Day Edition: How to Pack Your Garage, Toolshed, Or Workshop
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Power equipment and fishing poles--excuse me, fly rods--and lawn mowers have long been the man's space, and a lot males prefer to sort and pack their own domain than have a ruthless spouse come through with an armload of garbage bags and no respect for the sentimental price of a broken screwdriver. You could take the easy way out and contact a professional moving company to pack and move everything for you….then you definitely don't have to peruse any further. Yet, if you are going to load up the garage, workshop and shed for your move to Wichita Falls, you may appreciate these suggestions for getting it completed.
What You Will Need
Collect all the packing and padding materials you may need. These are the essentials.
· Boxes along with newsprint, bubble wrap, or some other insulating padding
· Plastic packing containers
· Twine or string
· Old, thick stockings
· Plastic packing containers in various dimensions
· Baggies in different sizes
· Markers as well as labels
· Construction-grade garbage bags
Your local moving company in Wichita Falls may offer customers used boxes and other moving materials at a cost-effective charge, so you will want to check with them before having to pay top dollar for materials at a neighborhood retail store.
"Curate" Your Stuff
Now is the time to sift through all your tools and do away with all the duplicates as well as the items you are never going to use. On your first pass with a waste bag, grab random parts of cardboard, vinyl, string, papers, and everything else that's just plain junk. Sift through all the things and decide to give away, sell, or pitch whatever you are not likely to use--admit it, various pastimes never quite take off and do you really wish to move all that ancient ham radio equipment?
Organize a, what's it called? A yard sale to get rid of everything you do not need or contribute functional goods to an organization such as Habitat for Humanity. They will likely come pick it up.
You're right, packing up a kitchen is straightforward--pretty much everything fits in boxes. Rakes and weed eaters, not so much. Get imaginative with packing huge, cumbersome, and unboxable tools and toys. Let the creativity flow with padding and packing, use whatever around the house that meets your needs--there are really no regulations here.
· Tie shovels with each other, facing the same way, and wrap the bottom using a blanket or bubble wrap. Place them in a garbage can for transport.
· Sort loose screws, bolts, nails, and various not so big stuff into plastic containers or zip-lock bags.
· Wrap blades and saws in old socks, tape the socks in position. A little bit of Styrofoam on the end of the sharp edge inhibits bending or breaking.
· Stow tools in their original packaging, when you have them. In any other case, protect the tools and pack them inside similar-sized cartons or plastic bins.
· Precision tools ought to be wrapped and padded firmly and encased with plenty of insulating material so they don't bounce while in transit.
· Eliminate all the gas from power equipment several days prior to the move and leave the gas tank lids opened up so that all gases will evaporate.
· Utilize little baggies or boxes for nails and fasteners, and tape them to the handles or label and place inside a small parts box so you'll know exactly what goes where when it all goes back together.
· Take the batteries out from all small tools, bag the batteries, and tape them on the handle.
Batteries, paint, solvents, fertilizers, and any fuels will not be permitted on moving trucks, and it's not a good plan to bring them within your automobile. Leave paint for the new owners, donate anything which is useful to your local Habitat for Humanity, and properly get rid of the rest. Your local landfill may have separate spots for such things as batteries, computers as well as other electronics, and also combustible liquids.
You should begin packing up your toolshed as well as garage as soon as you recognize you are moving. Don't leave it for the very end as this is probably the most labor intensive and time-consuming component of moving. And, if you decide that packing the garage, workshop and shed is too much that you can deal with without any help, do not be reluctant to get the aid of a professional mover. Give A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Wichita Falls a call today!
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