The garage can be a daunting area to pack due to the sheer volume and variety of things to pack. Your garage may have sports gear, tools, lawn care equipment, Christmas decorations, extra household supplies or canned goods, and an assortment of random stuff. Where to begin? The best way to pack the garage will vary depending on your family’s garage, but here are some tips to get you started.
As much as possible, keep tools together. Bundle long handled yard tools like hoes, rakes and shovels together. Empty fuel from gas operated lawn tools like mowers, trimmers and blowers. Larger items like mowers can be moved as is. Pack power tools like drills, sanders and saws in boxes. Be sure to wrap saw blades to protect them in transit, and to protect you when you unpack. If you have tool chests for your hand tools, those can be moved as is. Put hardware like screws and nuts in small containers before packing them in boxes.
Smaller items like baseball gloves, balls, helmets, skates and skateboards should be packed in boxes. Hockey or lacrosse sticks, baseball bats and other similar items can be bundled. Bikes can be moved as is.
Box it, even large outdoor items. Wrap anything that is likely to chip or crack in bubble wrap or foam before packing.
Paint and Chemicals
Do not put flammable materials on the moving truck. Additionally, it may be better to dispose of liquid nonflammable chemicals in opened containers, as you would not want weed killer, fertilizer or antifreeze to leak or spill onto boxes containing clothing or kitchen items, let alone onto furniture.
Non-Perishable Food Items
If you’re moving home-canned goods, wrap securely in bubble wrap to help prevent breakage. For purchased canned goods and non-perishable foods, consider donating rather than moving it, especially for long distance moves. It may cost more to move than to donate it, take a charitable tax deduction, and replace it. If your agent participates in the Move for Hunger program, they can collect and deliver your non-perishable food items.
If you’re moving trash cans, wash and let them dry in advance of moving day. Don’t move them empty; you can stand bundled tools or sporting goods in them, and or place larger items like leaf blowers inside them.
Long experience has taught us that if you don’t know what’s in a box, you should open it up and find out before it goes on the moving box. And don’t trust that what’s written on the box is correct. If your garage has become a repository for outgrown kids’ clothes and toys, the best thing to do with them is to sell or donate items that are in good condition. As always, if you won’t use it, don’t want it, or can’t identify what it is, then it’s best to donate or otherwise dispose of it.