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When moving cross-country or a long-distance move, after the question of how to pack your things, the garage is often the last room to be packed. Let’s face it, garages are full of tools, landscaping equipment and it is the space that we dread packing. Take a deep breath and follow our tips for the smartest ways to pack up your garage.
First, sort belongings by creating two parts in your garage: one section for the things you are taking to a new home and one for the stuff you don’t want or need anymore. Choose what you’ll sell or get rid of, and what you’re keeping that can’t be packed for the movers to carry. You don’t want to start with a crowded garage in your new home.
As you can see, you need to know what needs to be packed, do the shopping list for items you would probably need while packing. For the garage stuff, it could be really special in sizes or purpose packing boxes and materials. To save money, you can ask if used moving boxes are available from grocery or liquor and wine stores and arrange it with the store manager there. Specialty packing materials and supplies can be purchased at a local moving retailer, a mail service store, or an office supply outlet. Accessories like packing tape and packing paper, a box cutter and printed labels can be ordered; or packing peanuts are special things if you are going to go professional with it! The tape dispenser is another item that is smart to have when it comes to packing. It will save you time, frustration and your teeth too! 🙂
Price and tag the unwanted items for your garage sale. Tell your neighbors and friends about your moving and invite them to your garage sale and spend a nice time together for the very last time at that place!
The items that aren’t sold can be donated, and everything that’s left can be bagged up and hauled off with the trash before moving day. Donate clothing and household items to your local favorite charity for someone else to enjoy. You can even donate your unwanted furniture; coats, blankets, gently used clothing, office equipment, and kitchen appliances. These can always find a new home.
Most garages have hazardous materials that you cannot move due to safety reasons. Common sense and the law forbids moving companies from moving flammable items such as cleaning supplies and chemicals, aerosol cans, paints, gasoline, paint, paint thinners, charcoal, propane tanks, pesticides, fertilizers etc. Be sure to properly dispose of these items before your moving day.
Now you see packing the garage stuff is not that terrifying after all. Getting rid of a lot of items will cut down on your moving expenses and keep your new garage space nice and organized!