Tips on how to pack your garage

When people are packing, they usually leave the garage for last as there are simply too many things piled up and because the items in the garage are the most awkward to pack. Garages are full of landscaping equipment, tools and other things that you didn’t know where else to put. Most often our garages become the dumping ground for junk we don’t want in the house. But there are a lot of advantages to packing the garage first. With a little planning packing your garage will ease your mind and possibly fill your wallet. Here are a few tips on how you can pack your garage quickly and easily.

Start by sorting through your garage

It is a good idea to go through your garage and see what you want to pack and what you want to get rid of things that you do not use anymore. The items you are not using can be donated or sold if you have the time a garage sale is the perfect way to de-clutter and make some extra cash. Begin by sorting through your items by creating two categories in your garage, one category for the things you are planning to take and another of the things you do not want anymore. Place and tag the unwanted things for your garage sale. The items that you do not sell should be donated. Donate clothes and household items to your favorite local charity. You can even donate any unwanted furniture. Getting rid of things will cut down on your moving expenses and keep your new garage clutter free and a great place where you can get the rest of your house organized.

Get the right supplies for your move

Using the right moving supplies and boxes with the right packing methods are essential to the success of your relocation. Most of the items in your garage are heavy and oddly shaped, and you will need to at least have the following supplies. Boxes to gather sturdy cardboard boxes in various sizes. Bubble wrap to protect your belongings. Packing tape to secure the top and bottom of your boxes to give them strength and preventing them from accidentally opening. Packing paper, and moving blankets. Before you start placing garage items in moving boxes make sure that you have secured the bottom of the boxes with several layers of packing tape to prevent them from accidentally giving when you are moving the boxes.

Avoid packing hazardous items

Many of us use the garage to store hazardous materials that can not be moved for safety reasons. Moving companies can not move flammable items such as paints, gasoline, paint and paint thinners, charcoal, aerosol cans, propane tanks, fertilizers, pesticides, chemicals, cleaning supplies, etc. make sure that you dispose of these items properly before you move.

How to pack the items in your garage

Leave smaller hand tools such as wrenches, screwdrivers, hammers, and pliers in your toolbox and secure them closely. Wrap any things that have sharp blades with bubble wrap. Large garden tools such as rakes and shovels should be bundled together with rope or tape and wrap them in a moving blanket. Power tools should be packed in their original containers, and it is a good idea to remove any detachable parts such as batteries and pack them in the same box. Make sure to empty the fuel in any gas operated machinery such as lawn mowers and chainsaws before you pack them.  You can not move a grills propane tank and charcoal, so it is best to donate them. Make sure you remove the propane tank or charcoal entirely before you pack your grill.

Label all your things before you move

Label each box with their contents and write the location where the box is going and remember to mark any fragile items as such.

Written By: Jessica Hill