Packing box

A cardboard box with Packing Box written on it.  In front is the contents of the box.

Having moved house a few times now, and being the kind of organized fellow that I am, I’ve found that having a small cardboard box called the “Packing Box” filled with the following items makes for a much easier life.

Into my packing box I’ve thrown:

  • Tape gun and extra parcel tape — having used one of these extensively in a mill job in Selkirk I find this the quickest way to seal up packing cartons.
  • Gaffa tape — Q. What do The Force from Star Wars and Gaffa Tape have in common? A. They both hold the Universe together!
  • Big roll of labels — for adhering to the side of packing cartons and writing important information, like what’s in the box, to whom the box belongs, and which room it will eventually belong to.
  • Black permanent markers — for writing on labels, gaffa tape, boxes, and just about anything else.
  • Electric screwdriver (with various bits) — Much, much faster than a manual screwdriver.
  • Roll of rubbish bags — for the disposal of rubbish. Of which there is a lot.
  • Pliers — for the removal of hooks from walls*. (*Other uses are also available.)
  • Stanley Knife — for, amongst another things, re-opening cartons when you realise that you’ve accidentally packed the car keys.
  • Cable ties — for the tying up of power cables, SCART cables, and prisoners en route to jail.
  • Strong, lifting-gloves — for lifting heavy things and not ruining my nails.
  • A small box — I use an old Memorex box that I got blank CD-ROMs in, for holding the hooks and nails that I remove from the walls, or curtain hooks, or … whatever!

So there you go. That’s my Packing Box™.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 50 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Sky. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

One thought on “Packing box”

  1. And here I thought the photo was the scottish execitives standard issue for dealing with an outbreak of avian flu! Glad to hear that you guys have been given the all clear, although I am a bit concerned about the swan in the latest postings? (PPS keep meaning to speak to you about the deep impact site… must drop you an email!)

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