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™.