Ayla PR Representative with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
Sometimes it isn't easily apparent how sharp items can be packed effectively. Moving Made Smooth, Inc. is here to help.
Smaller tools can be wrapped in paper and put inside boxes with other non-fragile items; for instance, with other items you intend to put in the shed or garage. Be sure not to pack the boxes too heavy. Larger tools like rakes and shovels can be tied together with rope or zip ties. If you are concerned about any sharp edges on these larger items you can use a couple old pillow slips to put over the sharp ends and secure it with tape, another zip tie, or rope.
When packing power tools like lawn mowers or chainsaws, it is a good idea to remove the blades.
Loose knives can be wrapped in paper, but cardboard could be a better option if you fear that the knife may easily cut through the paper. You can take a small piece of cardboard and wrap it around the sharp edge of the knife. Then secure the cardboard with some tape. Then the knives are ready to be packed into your moving boxes.
If you have a woodblock holder for your knives this can make the process of packing them even easier. You can leave them inside the block and use cellophane (cling wrap) to wrap the entire block. Paper can also be used instead of cellophane. Take the paper and secure one end to the bottom with tape, then wrap it around the handles, and secure the other end to the bottom. This can then be packed into one of your moving boxes.
Silverware can be bundled together with zip ties and packed normally, but if you have a tray organizer, packing can be made even simpler. All you have to do is leave the silverware inside and wrap it with cellophane or put it inside a large zip lock baggie. Now they're ready to be packed inside your moving boxes.