Guys. So, if you're like me, you probably get a lot of boxes delivered to your house on a daily basis. But
the problem with boxes is, they're really hard to pick up off the ground. So, I'm going to show you a little
trick that I use to pick up all the boxes that I get delivered. And the first thing is, when they're on the
front porch, I normally just push them in with my wheelchair. Get them in front and push them into my
house. Or, if you don't even feel comfortable picking boxes up off the ground, then if your front porch is
big enough, you might leave an outdoor table out there about at the height of your lap, that way the
mailman can leave the packages on the table. Then, you can just put them on your lap, and that'll make
it a lot easier.
But if you don't want to do that, you can use this method that I'm about to show you. So, basically, I use
a box cutter, or you can use scissors. Anything that you want to cut a little hole in the tape. So, you're
going to go ahead and use the box cutter and extend the blade. Lock it. I'm going to get over the
package. I lock my brakes. Make sure I'm not going anywhere. And then, I'm going to slowly lower down,
that way I'm as stable as possible.
Then, what you're going to do ... Hey, Storm. What you're going to do is take the box cutter, and you're
going to cut a little hole right where the tape is in the middle of the package. And if it's a small package,
you're going to make it so it's just big enough for your thumb, if it's not too heavy of a package. So, I'm
going to make sure that I can get my thumb in there before I get back up. Alright, so I can get my thumb
in there. So, I'm going to go ahead and retract the blade.
Alright, so once you have your hole cut big enough for your thumb, you're going to go ahead and get
into position where you can reach down and put your thumb ... So, I hook on my cane right here
with my other hand, and then I adjust the box to where I can get my thumb inside the box. Sometimes
it's kind of hard. Once you get your thumb in there, then you can just use it as a handle almost.
Other useful tips:
- Use your wheelchair to help you balance.
- Position your wheelchair beside the item. You may find it more difficult to keep balanced if the item is in front of you.
- Consider using some tacky-grip moving gloves to help with picking up boxes.
- Use a Reacher Tool to assist with picking up items.
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