This question is something that always pesters me. I am a regular guy who lives in a house and always find that I am needing lots of different tapes to get through my daily life. This is a bit strange but when I started to lay out the different tapes I use throughout the year I was amazed at the quantity and frequency we used them all. So if you just got a new home or are starting out I want to lay out some packaging supplies that are worth stocking up on so you don’t get stuck without the right sticky item!
The first tape that surprised me was actually a
type of plumbing tape. If you have a
house at some point a pipe is going to start leaking. This could be as simple as the weather
changing and condensation causing a separation in the pipe. The way to combat this is to pick up some
teflon tape. It simply wraps around the
threads of all pipes and allows for a firm seal. If you also have a hose outside the house it
is a great way to keep it from spraying water all over! So add this tape to your list of things to
have on hand for those emergency leaks that can be fixed in a matter of
The next and most often used tape was actually
packing tape. This is the item that we
found we purchased the most often and used for the most strange things. We used it for boxes, and shipping and as a
safety way to cover items that may be market on. So having a lot of this item around is a
really smart idea because you never know when you are going to use it for
interior things in the house.
The best exterior item we found was the old
classic duct tape. The usefulness of this goes beyond legend. It was created for World War II military use
and has become known as a fix all for lots of items. Just last week I taped a paint brush to a
pole and helped get the high spots in my house on the outside. The tape held like I had nailed the brush to
the pole. So if you are going to pick up a lot of tapes, find a good Packaging
Supplies store and get it all in bulk to save money. Keep these tapes on hand
and save yourself lots of issues in the future!
Many people know I am an avid hunter and shooting enthusiast. Yes I love guns and believe every law abiding citizen should have one. Before you get too far down the wrong path of understanding. I am a Doctor and specialize in law. Thus I am not an incompetent redneck instead I am more educated and udnerstand more of our consitutinoal rights and criminal law than the most people on earth. With all of this knowledge I still love shooting. It is simply fun and can save your life. But through all my experience with firearms I have also gained lots of experience with targets. I want to go over some of the best and most affordable targets to use while at the range or at your own property.
First I am a big safety nut. Firearms are first and foremost a tool meant
to kill. That is their purpose and it is
our right to be able to protect ourselves with every tool the government can
own and use against us. It is the law
and should always be so. Now knowing
that every gun is a weapon first, safety must come first. Every gun should only be pointed and
discharged at something you plan on killing or a proper target meant to stop
the round from causing any harm. So when it comes to targets I think placement
is most important. Every target rather
it is made from cheap moving boxes or steel needs to be set in a safe direction
where the bullet has zero change of going in an unsafe direction.
So for myself on private property this means
creating a rage that has a backstop and side walls around it. Being safe is more important than anything
while practicing on my property. So the backstop is created by woods behind for
yards upon yards and a dirt mound that initially stops all bullets. This creates a wall so that no round can
Now for targets I love using cheap moving boxes
that people throw out or donate. It is
an easy way to set up a backdrop for paper or sticky targets. This is for me free and recyclable as well. So when I am done shopping my paper target on
my cardboard box I can simply recycle them when I am done. To me I know most people wont recycle so I am
doing the world a favor when I go shooting.
So be safe. Protect your family and your rights. And have fun shooting.
Moving into my first actual house that I own has been an amazing experience. I purchased a home that was in need of remodeling and was actually the worst house on the block. This allowed me to get into the nicest part of town for a very low price. Doing this was a great benefit financially due to the increase in value that the home is now worth, but I have also been needing more and more space to work due to the state of the home. I have realized that the garage is one of the most important areas because I need it to build and repair items when it gets cold. This means for half of the year I actually need to build in the garage. So I am planning on organizing it to the best of my abilities.
The first and most important thing to do is
simply to move everything out of it. I
know that sound like a terrible and long winded plan, but it is indeed the only
way. The best way to reorganize is to
start from scratch. It is also the only
way to make additions. So move your cars
out of the drive way and start working.
Pull everything from bikes, tool, and brooms out of the garage and onto
the driveway. Now that you have it all out, then you know all that you want to
keep. Yes, this is the best time to get
rid of unwanted items. There really is no point in keeping things that will
simply take up space.
This is also the best time to pull out some
packaging supplies and pack up the items you use infrequently. So take the items and put them in boxes that
can either be stored on shelving or put in the attic. I do suggest putting items in the attic of a
shed if you have one. It is so much
nicer to have space to work than the convenience of getting one item once a
Now I suggest making any changes to the garage
you would like. The most common change
is to add or move shelving for storage.
By being able to store items vertically you can save lots of space
. Using the vertical space is generally
the wisest move. If you are afraid of
things falling, then grab your packaging supplies again and box up the items on
top shelves. This keeps things safe and
less of a chance for problems to occur.
Now that the garage is your open space, put the
items back in an organized fashion. Be
wise, take your time, and give yourself the room to work on cold days.
This year has brought on many thoughts that would not normally be brought to mind. The Covid 19 pandemic has changed our entier way of life in the United States and most likely the world as a whole. Our economies have in many inteses been shut down temporarily. Way of providing certain products have actually been changed entirely. The ability to go to a store and pick up items has been limited and people are now purchasing more and more online. This has brought the use of cardboard to an all time high. I myself have a garage full of cheap moving boxes now due to all the excess items I have ordered. They have all arrived in oversized cardboard boxes. So I had wondered where these lovely cheep moving boxes originated from. When was cardboard created and where was is created.
After a quick search I have discovered that
cardboard began its life in China. It
began as taking thick amounts of paper and smashing it together to create
packaging material. This was not just a
hundred years ago but back in the 17th century. It has a long lasting history
which dates back longer than I believed it would. Now it is known as the most frequently used
packaging material in the world and has been of rover a century. It has been
used for most retail and wholesale items which all usually have a component of
cardboard in them. It is amazing to note
that it took Europe 200 years to start using it after it was created in
China. This is most likely due to the
lack of simple transportation back in those days.
Now cardboard was not actually called cardboard until recently. It’s first actual mention in history by that title is in 1848. The novel, “ The Tenant of Wildfell Hall written by Anne Bronte was the first ever to write about it. Her book is now a part of history for being the first to ever mention the name cardboard. It was not till the 19th century that cardboard became a world wide phenomenon.
It was discovered that it could be easily molded into specific shapes and that it had the capability to hold a lot of weight for its own mass. Hence it became more economical to make packaging supplies out of cardboard due to its qualities. Now it is commercially one of the most important products used and will most likely be for the foreseeable future.
Last year was a learning experience in joining the business market. I chose to take on a second job to help boost the income for my family. In doing so I learned a plethora of things about business and how to spend more money than I needed. One major area I neglected was the cost of packaging supplies. I had decided to sell all my products based on cost of the product, shipping costs and labor and I neglected to add in the cost of the packaging supplies that it took to ship them out.
So knowing all aspects of a business is key to being able
to learn and grow in the business world.
This means learning different areas that even I didn’t enjoy and or want
to learn. Running a business as a soul
proprietor meant that I was in this case all alone. I didn’t higher any other
employee, thus I was forced to take on all of the tasks myself. This means I took on the task of procuring
my products and also selling them as well. The sales cycle was much more
complicated then I ever would have imagined. I understand now why many
companies create sales divisions to funnel customers and clients into the
proper place. I did not understand the
man power and time it would take to go through the sales process and also
confused sales and marketing.
Marketing is the process of getting clients to find and
want to purchase from my company. What I
did not know was there was an entire sales process after and moving clients
from marketing to sales was a task that took me a long time to understand and
be successful at. There was also a much added cost in the process of purchasing
the software to make the transition of marketing to sales. I had to learn different software and
implement it successfully and in all honesty I probably lost 50 percent of my
actual sales to failed software implementation.
The biggest cost was failing to see the need for extra
time in actually putting the products together to ship. I should have simply hired a hourly worker a
few days a week to put things together and get everything ready. Instead I took all my time to package them
myself and it took away from me doing marketing and sales. It was a tricky time and in the many lessons
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We have all gotten the call one way or another. A friend sneakily slips the inevitable question into a conversation that you are not sure why you are having it. Do you have a truck? The question that inevitably means, “Can you help me move”. Or it may come in the trick question, “Are you Busy this weekend”. That one is the worst. You think you are going to go out or to the zoo with a friend, but no. They trap you into lifting heavy things and lugging around cheap moving boxes for hours all for a free piece of pizza. Honestly, make it a steak dinner at least. They just risked rolled ankles, pulled wrists and sore backs for days all for a piece of pizza.
I have personally moved myself and family 4 times
in the last decade and helped my family move at least another 5 times. So I can say with a some confidence, that I
know a few things about moving things.
The most important part of all of moving is how you do it. This means form of lifting. There is no more important part then lifting
with your legs especially if cheap moving boxes are used. This means that you
take the extra time and focus on using your legs and not your back muscles for
moving. The legs are the powerhouse of
the human body and injuries start to happen when you neglect to use them properly.
Another aspect that is completely overlooked when moving is the ability to take your time. When you rush, you lose. I have caused more damage by rushing and moving too quickly through a house than I would like to admit. If you are not in a hurry you are able to get heavy items or awkward items into places that are hard without damaging the house, your body, or the item itself. So slow down, take brakes, and let everyone know that it will get done, but that your new home is worth not damaging. For the most part they will agree with you. As long as its not the end of the day.
When everyone gets tired they start to care a little less and move a little faster. This is when you need to stick to your ground and think like TreeBeard. Don’t be too hastey. A little extra time and thought will be worth not having to do it again with a new undamaged item a week later. So stay safe and lift slow and safe.
One thing I have had to adjust to during this time in history is stocking up on groceries for multiple days or even weeks. My partner and I were people who decided what we were going to eat that night and then went to the store to get the ingredients we did not already have at home. It was a little inconvenient to go to the grocery store multiple times a week, but we live within walking distance of a store so it was never really an issue. It was also great for us because we never bought too much food and then wasted it. We would cook dinner and then make extra to take for lunch the next day.
Now, it is encouraged to minimize the amount of
shopping trips as possible. There is a safety concern with multiple, little
trips to the store. We, and many people, are now left with no other choice but
to stock up on food and necessities for an extended period of time. This limits
the exposure to bacteria and virus, and people who may be infected.
Grocery stores must make sure they have an
unlimited supply of packaging supplies during this time. If a customer comes up
the checkout counter and there are no bags available, then the customer will
likely be out of luck. Stores need to ensure they have a backup supply of
packaging supplies always waiting in the back.
Multiple stores are not allowing customers to
bring in their own bags. Many families had made the switch to supplying their
own reusable bags to be stocked during checkout. In fear that the bag may have
the active virus on it, many stores are asking that people do not bring outside
bags into the store. This means that even more people will be in need of
packaging for their groceries.
The two most common types of bags carried in the
grocery stores are paper grocery bags and plastic grocery bags. Paper bags are
great for produce and lighter items. Plastic bags are more durable and can
handle canned goods and heavier items.
Stores need to make sure they stock up on
multiple different sizes of paper and plastic grocery bags. Paper bags come in
a variety of sizes for multiple reasons. There are bags that are great for
baked bread. Another bag is used for liquor and wine bottles. Then, there are
bags that have handles for ease of carrying out of the store.
One thing I didn’t know could be easily shipped are cheap moving boxes. I am finding all these ideas about how to use these boxes in my own main (for cheap), but I didn’t have any in my house. You can actually bulk order cheap moving boxes pretty cheaply and have then shipped right to your door. You will have to put the boxes together once they arrive, but that doesn’t take much effort at all. Just grab some tape if you use the box for a heavy purpose, but if there isn’t going to be heavy things stuffed inside the box then there is not even a need for tape. There are many different uses for these boxes.
The most obvious thing you can use boxes for is
moving. And honestly, some people may have to start moving now. Some people may
not be able to afford rent and have to downsize or move in with a roommate.
While moving isn’t ideal right now, it may be necessary. On the other end of
the spectrum, some people are taking advantage of the low interest rate and
plummeting house prices and trying to move into a home right away. Either way,
you may need to think about ordering boxes online. At least you know they will
be clean and sterile upon arrival.
If you aren’t moving, you can still use these
boxes for something. One thing could be storage. Many people have extra time on
their hands and are spending it on household chores they have been putting off.
At the top of most people’s list is storing items neatly somewhere. A cheap way
to do this is boxes. Simply put a stack of boxes together and label each one.
Obviously ideal places to store these boxes would be attics, basements, and
closets. This gets mess and clutter out of the way in an organized fashion.
Another use for the boxes is storing dishes that
you have specific for holidays. Instead of keeping a clutter cabinet, simply
store the mugs and dishware into boxes. Dishware specific boxes have
partitioned dividers that keep all the dishes separate and protected. So, the
dishes are getting stored neatly, but will not break. This is perfect or
fragile and expensive pieces that need to be stored throughout the year. You
could even transport your dishes like this, if you needed to. Or simply store
them until the next season.
As we enter into our third week of quarantine and no end in sight, schools are starting to close for the school year. This leaves a lot of questions about what will happen with students’ education. Many states have already dismissed state testing for the year. So, some schools are left thinking about how they will fill the gaps for their students.
Some schools already had online, digital learning
in place. This program was originally set up for short term days missed–like
snow days. But it has actually worked for many schools during this extended
recess from school. Teachers can post lessons, videos, and activities online
for their students. The students can then ask the teacher questions through the
messaging app or work collaboratively with other students on their assignments.
While this program has been great for schools that have already implemented
this technology, many schools do not have this capability. And it would be
almost impossible to roll out during this time and try to teach teachers, students,
and parents how the program works.
So what about all the schools we don’t already
have online learning in place? This has proven a little more difficult for
them. Many teachers were instructed to send their students’ books home with
them every evening in the middle of March, just in case. This has allowed
teachers to send assignments to parents or students and the students can refer
to their textbooks for help. Teachers can assign certain pages and questions in
their textbooks to complete after they have read each lesson. This is not ideal
learning, but it may be the only options schools have.
The last resort for some school districts have been worksheet packets. The teachers have gone into school and copied packets for each student to be distributed in front of the school building. These packets contain two weeks worth of activities for the core subjects. Distribution worked fine until the rules and restrictions got a little bit tighter. Now, schools are scrambling because the state recommends that no more than 5 people gather at a time. The solution to this is mailing the packets. Teachers have to come in, print the packets, and use packaging supplies to package up the worksheets.
Packaging supplies can add up, so a lot of local businesses have been donating supplies to schools so students can get their packets. The packets also have to be limited because the cost of shipping goes up with every new paper added to the package.
Most families would agree that they do not get to see each other as much as they would really like to. Now, we have all this time on our hands, but we know we can’t visit our families. Especially our older parents as their immune systems cannot handle the virus nearly as well as ours can. Staying at home means staying at your own home you live in now, not the homes of your parents or siblings. If everyone is still visiting their close family, the virus will continue to spread rapidly.
Many people are opting for video chat and
conferencing. This could mean talking to over 10 people at one time! Just prop
your phone or home computer up and have a video chat with your family. This is
a great way to keep everyone connected while safe and protected! Another option
some people have gone with is to go to their parents’ house and call them
through the window. Some people are even opting to do this at hospitals or
nursing homes. They can see their loved ones and talk to them over the phone in
If you are like me, though, and your parents are
several hours away from you then going to visit them through a window isn’t
really ideal. We have tried video chat a few times, and I really enjoy it. I’m
still concerned about mother’s and father’s day coming up soon. I want to keep
our tradition of giving silly gifts to them alive, but I want to make sure they
stay happy and healthy during this time.
The best part about silly gifts is I don’t even
have to leave my house to get these things! I have already been cleaning out
all of my closets and storage because I have nothing better to do. So now that
I have all the things I want to send, I just had to order some cheap moving
boxes. I even looked into ordering cute cheap moving boxes to make it look like
the package is going to be really fancy.
It doesn’t have to be a silly tradition like ours
to bring joy to people stuck inside during this time. You don’t even need to
wait until the next holiday. Just send a box or two to those who matter most to
you. They will certainly love and appreciate the thought. Everyone needs a
little cheering up in their life right now.