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. No matter if it's a local move in Denver or a long-distance move to Denver, you're going to be required to pack all your "stuff" and take it to your new place. Truth be told…there is often a distinct distribution of labor in the majority of homes with regards to moving--one spouse oversees the house, and the other is in charge of the garage and also workshop. It's the sort of stuff that sends teenagers into a craze, that Mom packs the home and Dad packs the garage. You may want to encourage them to assist and help any place they choose--if it is somewhere, you shall not judge.

Power equipment and fishing poles--excuse me, fly rods--and mowers have long been the man's space, and a lot males prefer to arrange and pack their own area than have a callous partner come through with an armload of trash bags and zero respect for the sentimental worth of a busted wrench. You could take the easy way out and call a professional moving company to pack and move pretty much everything for you….then you definitely don't have to read any further. But, if you are planning to load up the garage, workshop and toolshed for your move to Denver, you may like these tips for getting it carried out.

What You Will Need

Collect all the packing and padding supplies you will need. These are definitely the basics.

· Boxes and newsprint, bubble wrap, or any other insulating cushioning

· Plastic bins

· Twine or rope

· Tape

· Old, heavy socks

· Plastic packing containers in several capacities

· Baggies in assorted sizes

· Markers and labels

· Construction-grade trash bags

Your local moving company in Denver may offer clients used boxes and other moving equipment at a cost-effective price, so you may want to ask them ahead of paying top dollar for supplies at a nearby store.

"Curate" Your Stuff

Now is the time to go through all your tools and eliminate all the duplicates as well as the stuff you're never going to utilize. On your initial pass with a garbage bag, grab random bits of cardboard, vinyl, twine, paper, and everything else which is just plain junk. Sort through all the things and decide to give away, sell, or pitch whatever you aren't likely to use--admit it, a lot of hobbies don't quite take off and do you really want to move all that old ham radio equipment?

Hold a, what's it called? A garage sale to eliminate everything you do not need or donate functional stuff to an organization like Habitat for Humanity. They will likely come pick it up.

Packing Recommendations

You are right, packing up a kitchen is easy--almost everything fits in boxes. Post hole diggers and leaf blowers, not really. Be imaginative with packing large, awkward, and unboxable equipment and toys. Use your imagination with padding and packing, use things at home which fulfills your needs--there are really no guidelines here.

· Tie shovels together, facing the same way, and wrap the end by using a blanket or bubble wrap. Arrange them in a trash can for transport.

· Sort loose screws, bolts, nails, and other small stuff into plastic containers or zip-lock bags.

· Cover blades and saws in old socks, tape the socks in position. A small bit of Styrofoam on the end of the blade helps prevent warping or breaking.

· Put power tools inside their original cartons, when you have them. Otherwise, cushion the tools and pack them within similar-sized cartons or plastic bins.

· Precision tools needs to be wrapped and cushioned securely and encased with enough insulation so they cannot bounce while in transit.

· Eliminate all the fuel from power equipment a couple of days ahead of the move and leave the gas tank lids open so that all vapors will evaporate.

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

· Take the batteries from all small tools, bag the batteries, and tape them on the handle.

Correct Disposal

Batteries, paint, solvents, fertilizers, as well as any fuels aren't accepted on moving trucks, and it's not a good plan to transport them in your automobile. Leave paint for the new owners, donate anything that's useful to your local Habitat for Humanity, and correctly get rid of the rest. Your county landfill could have separate spots for things such as batteries, computers as well as other consumer electronics, and also combustible liquids.

Begin Early

You should start packing up your toolshed and garage once you acknowledge you are moving. DO NOT leave it for the very end because this is one of the most labor intensive and time-consuming part of moving. And, in case you determine that packing the garage, workshop and shed is too much that you can deal with without any help, you shouldn't be reluctant to enlist the help of a professional mover. Give A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Denver a call today!


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