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. Regardless of whether it is a local move in Houston or possibly a long-distance move to Houston, you will have to pack all your "stuff" and get it to your new residence. Let's face it…there is often a specific division of labor in most households in terms of moving--one spouse oversees the house, and the other manages the garage along with shed. It is the sort of thing that sends teens into a mania, that Mom packs the home and Dad packs the garage. Feel free to urge them to step in and help wherever they choose--if it is somewhere, you will not judge.

Power tools and fishing poles--excuse me, fly rods--and mowers have long been the man's area, and the majority of guys choose to organize and pack their own domain than have a ruthless partner come through with an armload of trash bags and zero consideration for the emotional value of a busted wrench. You could take the easy way out and contact a professional moving company to pack and move the whole thing for you….in which case you don't have to read any further. But, in case you are planning to load up the garage, workshop and shed for your move to Houston, you will appreciate these tips to get it carried out.

What You Should Have

Collect the packing and padding equipment you will need. These are classified as the necessities.

· Boxes along with newsprint, bubble wrap, or any other protecting padding

· Plastic containers

· Twine or rope

· Tape

· Old, thicker stockings

· Plastic storage containers in a variety of sizes

· Baggies in various sizes

· Markers and labels

· Construction-grade trash bags

Your local moving company in Houston might offer clients used boxes as well as other moving supplies at a cost-effective charge, consequently you might want to check with them prior to shelling out list price for materials at a neighborhood store.

"Curate" Your Stuff

Now's the time to sort through all your tools and eliminate all the duplicates and the stuff you are not going to use. On your initial pass with a waste bag, grab random bits of cardboard, plastic, string, papers, and everything else that's simply junk. Look through everything and decide to donate, sell, or toss whatever you are not likely to use--admit it, various pursuits never quite take off and do you really want to move all that old ham radio equipment?

Hold a, what's it called? A yard sale to reduce everything you do not want or donate usable goods to an group such as Habitat for Humanity. They will likely come pick it up.

Packing Recommendations

You happen to be right, packing up the kitchen is simple--pretty much everything fits in boxes. Post hole diggers and lawn mowers, not really. Get innovative with packing big, awkward, and unboxable equipment and toys. Use your imagination with padding and packing, make use of whatever around the house which fulfills your needs--there are really no guidelines here.

· Secure rakes with each other, facing the same way, and wrap the bottom by using a blanket or bubble wrap. Arrange them in a trash can for transport.

· Arrange loose screws, bolts, nails, and various not so big stuff into plastic containers or zip-lock bags.

· Encapsulate blades and saws in unwanted socks, tape the socks into place. A little piece of Styrofoam on the end of the sharp edge prevents bending or breaking.

· Put power tools within their original packaging, in case you have them. If not, protect the tools and pack them inside similar-sized packaging or plastic bins.

· Precision tools needs to be wrapped and cushioned securely and encased with plenty of insulation so they don't bounce in transit.

· Eliminate all the fuel from power tools a couple of days prior to the move and leave the tank lids open so all vapors can evaporate.

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

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

Proper Disposal

Batteries, paint, chemicals, fertilizers, as well as any fuels aren't accepted on moving trucks, and it is not really a good plan to move them in your vehicle. Leave paint for the new owners, give anything that is useful to your local Habitat for Humanity, and properly get rid of the remainder. Your local landfill could have different spots for such things as batteries, computers and other consumer electronics, and also flammable liquids.

Start Early

You should start packing up your toolshed and garage when you first acknowledge you're moving. DO NOT leave it for the last second 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 simply too much for you to manage on your own, do not be hesitant to enlist the help of a professional mover. Give A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Houston a call today!

 

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