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

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

So, you will be moving. It doesn't matter if it is a local move in Oklahoma City or a long-distance move to Oklahoma City, you are going to need to pack all your "stuff" and get it to your new house. Truth be told…there's usually a distinct distribution of labor in the majority of homes in relation to moving--one partner oversees the house, and the other manages the garage and also workshop. This is the type of thing that sends teens into a craze, that Mom packs the house and Dad packs the garage. You may want to encourage them to step up and help anywhere they choose--if it's somewhere, you won't judge.

Power tools and fishing poles--pardon me, fly rods--and mowers have for ages been the man's area, and a lot males would rather arrange and pack their own domain than have a ruthless spouse come through with an armload of rubbish bags and not any consideration for the emotional worth of a busted screwdriver. You could take the simple way out and phone a professional moving company to pack and move everything for you….in which case you need not read any further. However, in case you are going to pack the garage, workshop and toolshed for your move to Oklahoma City, you will appreciate these suggestions for getting it done.

What You'll Need

Gather all the packing and padding materials you'll need. These are the necessities.

· Boxes as well as newsprint, bubble wrap, or any other insulating stuffing

· Plastic packing containers

· Twine or rope

· Tape

· Old, thick socks

· Plastic containers in various capacities

· Baggies in different sizes

· Markers and also labels

· Construction-grade waste bags

Your local moving company in Oklahoma City may supply clients used boxes as well as other moving supplies at a reasonable charge, so you will want to consult with them prior to paying full price for materials at a close by store.

"Curate" Your Stuff

Now is the time to look through all your tools and eliminate all the duplicates as well as the stuff you are never going to utilize. On your primary pass with a waste bag, grab random pieces of cardboard, vinyl, twine, paper, and anything else that is just plain junk. Go through everything and decide to give away, sell, or throw whatever you are not likely to use--be realistic, some hobbies 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 garage sale to get rid of everything you do not want or donate functional goods to an group like Habitat for Humanity. They may come pick it up.

Packing Strategies

You're correct, packing up a kitchen space is straightforward--almost everything fits in boxes. Post hole diggers and lawn mowers, not so much. Be innovative with packing big, challenging, and unboxable equipment and toys. Use your imagination with padding and packing, use whatever at home that fulfills your needs--there really are no rules here.

· Tie shovels together, facing the same direction, and cover the end with a blanket or bubble wrap. Put them in a trash can for transport.

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

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

· Stow tools in their original cartons, if you have them. Otherwise, cushion the tools and stow them in similar-sized packaging or plastic bins.

· Precision tools needs to be packaged and padded tightly and encased with enough insulating material so they cannot bounce on the road.

· Remove all the gasoline or diesel from power devices a couple of days prior to the move and leave the tank caps opened up so all gases will evaporate.

· Utilize little baggies or containers for nails and fasteners, and tape them to the handles or label and place in a small parts box so you will know what goes where when it all goes back together.

· Take the batteries out of any small tools, bag the batteries, and tape them onto the handle.

Correct Disposal

Batteries, paint, chemicals, fertilizers, as well as any fuels aren't permitted on moving trucks, and it is not really a smart idea to bring them inside your automobile. Leave paint for the new owners, donate anything which is useful to your local Habitat for Humanity, and correctly dispose of the remaining. Your area landfill could have different areas for such things as batteries, computers and other electronic devices, and flammable liquids.

Commence Early

You should start packing up your toolshed and garage as soon as you know you are moving. DO NOT leave it for the very end since this is one of the most labor intensive and time-consuming component of moving. And, if you determine that packing the garage, workshop and shed is way too much that you can tackle without any help, you shouldn't be hesitant to get the aid of a professional mover. Give A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Oklahoma City a call today!

 

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