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 mowers have for ages been the man's domain, and most males choose to sort and pack their own domain than have a callous spouse come through with an armload of trash bags and no regard for the sentimental price of a broken screwdriver. You could take the easy way out and phone a professional moving company to pack and move everything for you….then you definitely need not read any further. But, in case you are going to pack the garage, workshop and toolshed for your move to Tulsa and Oklahoma City, you might be grateful for these pointers to get it done.
What You'll Need
Collect all the packing and padding equipment you will need. These are definitely the basics.
· Boxes as well as newsprint, bubble wrap, or other protecting padding
· Plastic bins
· Twine or rope
· Old, thicker socks
· Plastic packing containers in various dimensions
· Baggies in various sizes
· Markers and also labels
· Construction-grade trash bags
Your local moving company in Tulsa and Oklahoma City might supply customers used boxes as well as other moving materials at a cost-effective rate, therefore you may want to ask them before paying full price for materials at a close by retailer.
"Curate" Your Things
It is the time to sort through all your tools and eliminate all the duplicates as well as the items you're not going to use. On your initial pass with a garbage bag, grab random bits of cardboard, vinyl, string, papers, and everything else that is just plain trash. Go through everything and intend to donate, sell, or throw whatever you are not going to use--admit it, some pursuits never quite take off and do you truly want to move all that ancient ham radio equipment?
Have a, what is it referred to as? A yard sale to get rid of all the stuff you do not need or contribute functional stuff to an organization like Habitat for Humanity. They'll come pick it up.
You are correct, packing up the kitchen space is easy--almost everything fits in boxes. Rakes and weed eaters, not really. Get creative with packing huge, challenging, and unboxable gear and toys. Think outside the box with padding and packing, use whatever throughout the house that fulfills your needs--there truly are no rules here.
· Band shovels with each other, facing the same direction, and wrap the end using a blanket or bubble wrap. Place them in a trash bin for transport.
· Separate loose screws, bolts, nails, and other small stuff into plastic containers or zip-lock bags.
· Wrap blades and saws in unwanted socks, tape the socks into place. A simple amount of Styrofoam over the end of the blade helps prevent bending or breaking.
· Put tools in their original packaging, when you have them. If not, pad the tools and stow them inside similar-sized cartons or plastic bins.
· Precision tools should be wrapped and cushioned snugly and encased with plenty of insulating material so they do not bounce in transit.
· Remove all the fuel from power equipment several days before the move and leave the gas tank lids opened up so all vapors will evaporate.
· Make use of small baggies or boxes for screws and fasteners, and tape them to the handles or tag and place within a small parts box so you will know exactly what goes where when it all goes back together.
· Take the batteries from all small tools, put the batteries in baggies, and tape them to the handle.
Batteries, paint, solvents, fertilizers, as well as any fuels will not be permitted on moving trucks, and it's not a good idea to bring them within your automobile. Leave paint for the new owners, give anything that is usable to your local Habitat for Humanity, and correctly dispose of the rest. Your area landfill could have distinct spots for such things as batteries, computers and other electronic devices, and flammable liquids.
You should start packing up your toolshed as well as garage when you first recognize you will be moving. DO NOT leave it for the last second as this is probably the most labor intensive and time-consuming portion of moving. And, if you decide that packing the garage, workshop and shed is simply too much that you can handle by yourself, do not be hesitant to enlist the assistance of a professional mover. Give A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Tulsa and Oklahoma City a call today!
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