If you think that packing your garage will be fun, or that it will be a piece of cake, well, you are definitely the only one. Trust us, this process will be hard and time-consuming. But, do not worry, it is far from impossible. So, how to pack your garage before moving in a safe and stress-free manner? Well, the most important thing is to start preparing for this process ahead of time and to have a game plan. This game plan does not have to be anything complicated, just something that will help you organize better. That is also why are we here! We will share with you some tips and tricks on how to pack your garage before moving in the best possible way, in order to avoid making moving mistakes. Thus, if you are interested, keep on reading.
Declutter and Sort Through
Whether you need to pack your kitchen, nursery or a garage, the first step is to always sort through all of your stuff and declutter. In one word – organize! So, how to organize a garage? Well, first remove all the big machines or pieces of furniture you have in your garage. That will help you move freely and avoid any possible injuries. Then, move onto smaller items. What you can do, for example, is to designate different areas for items you plan on keeping and for those you plan on throwing away, donating, giving to friends and family, or selling. This may seem like a simple task. But, trust us, this step will be the most time and energy-consuming, so start on time!
Get Rid of the Items You No Longer Need
It is also a good idea to get rid of some garage items before you move, not after. And, you should do this whether you plan on having a DIY kind of a move, or if you plan on hiring a moving agency that offers a type of relocation that meets your needs. So, if there is anything you no longer use, nor you plan on using it in the future, get rid of it. There is no need to be emotional, after all, these are all the items you placed in a garage for a reason. So, what you can do is, as previously mentioned, give away to a charity or to some friends and family, throw away if it is useless and damaged, and, of course, sell. Selling is a good way to earn some extra cash to help you move. You can sell your items online (on your social media or on Craigslist), or organize a yard sale.
Get Rid of ‘Not-Allowed’ Items Too
Before you start preparing your garage for packing and relocating, you must ‘educate’ yourself. That is, you must do some researching and find out which things are moving-appropriate, and which are not. If you hired movers, they will walk you through. However, if you plan on packing everything by yourself, as previously said, you must know what is allowed. For instance, anything that is considered hazardous, flammable, and corrosive is strictly forbidden. Even fuel is not allowed. That also means that you have to completely remove fuel from all machines that can be found in your garage (a lawn mover too). Moreover, transporting any kinds of plants and animals is forbidden as well.
Gather All the Necessary Packing Materials
Once you have decluttered all of your garage items, and hopefully got rid of everything you no longer need, it is time for the next step – packing. But, before you start packing, you must make sure you have all the necessary packing materials. You will need: cardboard boxes, plastic bins, zip bags, plastic wrap, wrapping paper, packing peanuts, moving blankets, duct tape, scissors, and a permanent marker for labeling.
If you already have these things – great! Start packing! But, if you do not, you must go shopping. And, where to buy all the previously mentioned packing materials? Well, most of them you can buy at your local supermarket. You can also check your local hardware store and stationery shop too! However, if you have difficulties knowing finding the best quality packing materials, ask a moving agency and its representatives to help you out.
Know How to Pack
If you gathered everything that you need for packing your garage, it is time to pack! But, do you know how to properly pack everything from your garage? Well, here are some tips and tricks. First, disassemble everything you possibly can. Then, make sure everything is clean and dry. If it is, wrap it in packing paper first, and then in plastic wrap. Place it in a cardboard box, fill the free space inside with packing peanuts, and seal the box with duct tape on all sides. Do not forget to label each box too! And, if you have some bigger machines that can not be disassembled, simply place them on a moving blanket inside your truck, and leave them as they are. Just be careful when lifting those heavy items, as moving injuries are more than common.
Hopefully, this article was able to help you prepare for organizing your relocation. That is your garage relocation. So, to summarize, here is what you need to do – start by decluttering and getting rid of everything you do not need anymore (including all the not-allowed items too), then, gather all the necessary packing materials and make sure you know how to pack everything properly. If this seems too difficult and time and energy-consuming, consider hiring professionals to help you ease the moving process. But, if you think that you have everything under control, then great, start with moving preparations as soon as possible.