Packing and Organizing Storage Areas

As you get ready to relocate, you probably aren’t thinking too much about packing up your tool shed or garage, are you? Well, unless you plan on leaving all that stuff behind, you are going to have to pack your garage and storage shed up, too!

Packing any storage area, especially the garage or shed, can be a daunting task – even more time-consuming than you might think! Why? These areas of your home are often filled with odds and ends that might not be easily packed up and moved. Just take a look around – how will you pack that weed whacker or all those garden gnomes?

Part of moving is getting rid of all that junk you don’t need anymore. You’ve probably already started cleaning out those closets, so why not work on the garage as well? If you are moving across town, you don’t really need to get rid of much of your stuff, such as the lawnmower. But, if you are moving across the country, you might consider selling it as it might cost more to move it than to buy a new one!

Remember, there are some things that just can’t be moved. For example, you can’t move things such as fertilizer, paint, or gasoline. So, now is a good time to give away, throw out, or sell all of that extra stuff! We’ve got some ideas to help you make packing up your storage shed or garage a little less daunting. Hope these help!

Gas-Powered Items – Most of these items are large and awkward. Before moving, drain these items of all gasoline and other harmful liquids. Buy protective covers for heavy machinery and remove all propane tanks from grills.

Tools – Gather all the tools that are the same length and bind them together with a zip-tie or cord. If you can, store as many of your tools in a proper toolbox and secure the door. Use bubble wrap or packing blankets to cover sharp edges and blades.

Outdoor Furniture – Always clean your outdoor furniture before packing it up. Padding and cushions should always be packed in a separate box during the move. If you can, dismantle as much of the furniture as possible.

Cars and Other Vehicles – Ask your movers how to properly transport these things. You may be able to attach your car to a trailer on the moving truck or you may need to have it shipped. As for other vehicles including jet skis, ask your movers for their advice for a long-distance move. Depending on many circumstances, you car will either be hauled with your items on the truck, or a third-party vendor will be used to reduce your cost.

Children’s Outdoor Equipment – Don’t want to leave that swing set behind? Your best bet is to dismantle it and keep all bolts, screws, and other small parts in a plastic bag for the move. Regulations vary by location, so you’re better off to inquire about this outdoor equipment during an on-site estimate. If you’re moving long-distance, you might want to box up bicycles to prevent damage.

Plants – If you are moving across state lines, you will need to make sure your plants can go with you. Whether or not it’s local or long-distance move, be prepared to leave the plants at your home, or haul them yourself. Movers cannot move live plants.

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