Tools and bikes and lawnmowers, oh my! The garage houses all those odds and ends used for work and outdoor activities. You may even have some hazardous materials in there that need special attention when moving. Check out these tips to tackle the garage packing.
Divide and Conquer
If you’re moving during warm weather, the task of packing the garage is much easier. You can move the contents onto the driveway to sort and organize before you pack. This is a good time to check for duplicates, broken items or things you don’t need anymore. Sell or donate the items you don’t want to take when you move.
Sort the rest on the driveway or in the garage to make packing easier. Put similar things together, such as all of the gardening tools in one pile and all of the painting supplies in another. If you take the time to sort now, unpacking in your new garage is much easier.
Set Aside Essentials
You may need some of the items in your garage for the move. Disassembling bed frames, for example, might require hand tools. If you’re patching nail holes in the wall, you’ll need to keep out the supplies for that project. You might also need certain tools right away in the new house. Keep those items out until the last minute so you can keep track of them easily during the move.
Paint is often found in garages. You can leave leftover paint for the next owner in case they need to do touch-ups. If the paint is still in good condition, you may be able to donate it to a local organization. Some communities have paint recycling facilities or waste disposal facilities. Oil-based paint in particular must be handled by a facility that specializes in hazardous materials.
Other potentially hazardous materials in your garage should also be handled by a specialized facility. This includes oil, batteries, fluids for cars and kerosene. Check with your local waste collection service for guidance on discarding these items.
Pack It Up
Start by using containers you already have in the garage. Have an old toolbox? Pack your screwdrivers, pliers and other small hand tools inside. Buckets with lids work well for holding smaller garage items. When you’ve used up the existing containers, use sturdy plastic tubs to pack the rest. Label the outside of the containers so you can find the items you need.
Prep Larger Items
If you’re taking along your mower or other gas-powered items, prep them for safe moving. Drain the gas and oil. Unplug the spark plug so the mower can’t start accidentally during the move. For battery-powered cordless tools, such as string trimmers or leaf blowers, remove the battery during the move. Keep any of these tools away from other items that could be flammable when you load the moving truck.
Safe and Sound
The key to packing the garage for a move is keeping all items safe for transport. When you take an organized approach, you can get your garage put back together in the new house quickly and easily.