It is time for packing. It doesn’t matter if you’re moving interstate, or just a couple of streets down, packing process is the same. When it comes to this part, most of the people enter their garage in the end. Wrong! Packing your garage should most definitely be the first on the list! I bet you do not even know what you have down there. And that is not unusual. At some point, the garage becomes a storage unit for all that stuff you do not need at the moment. And for all tools you possess. Not to mention every single box, empty jar or original packing of the appliances that you stored in there.
Now imagine the following situation. You’ve checked every single corner of your house, took out everything, and packed it in the boxes. You feel proud of yourself that you managed to do it in such a short time. Even though you know there are some things in there, you’re thinking that packing your garage can’t be a problem. After all, you packed everything else without any problems. This is where your stress level will go through the roof, as your garage is full to the roof with off-season clothes and all those forgotten belongings. Do not let this happen to you. I order to avoid this kind of stressful situation, I will give you some tips for packing your garage. But remember, you must do it first, before any other part of your home.
Things to do before you start packing
Before I start, I need to tell you few things. First, this will not be a simple undertaking. It won’t be a fast one as well. But it will worth invested time and effort. And not to forget, it can also put some extra money in your pocket! If you need help, you can ask NJ packing and crating service for an assistance.
Sort and divide
Now that you are in the garage, you’re probably thinking where to start. Do not let this distract you. If there is a car in the garage, take it out and make room on the floor. This will be your working space. For a start, empty all your shelves. Everything goes on the floor. In case you have some tools in the garage, do not mix it with other stuff. Chose one corner just for the tools and hardware. Once everything is on the floor, it is time to choose what will you bring to your new home.
Now here is one tip that can ease sorting process. Mark four different corners on the floor for the following categories:
- Things you are keeping – these are the things you’re moving and they’re essential for packing your garage. During sorting, pack them in the boxes as you’ll save a lot of time this way. Make sure you label the boxes to ease your unpacking process. I will help you with this part later.
- Stuff you can sell – in this corner put all stuff you don’t need anymore but are still good to use.
- Belongings you want to donate – surely you’ll tumble into some old clothes that you don’t use anymore. Make someone’s day better, and put that clothes to good use. Call a donation pickup service in NJ that will gladly come and move that stuff from your garage.
- Garbage – buy big black bags and put all the trash inside of them. If there is anything you can recycle, make sure you act responsibly and sustainable.
Organize a garage sale
You know that famous quote “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? If you do, I strongly advise you to apply it. There’s no way you didn’t find anything during packing your garage that you didn’t use for a long time. Old kid’s toys, some kitchen appliances, car parts or pet accessories. Check if everything is still working, clean the dust and take everything out. This is a great way to get rid of the stuff you do not need. Plus, you’ll earn some extra cash that will come handy during the move. If you have kids, place a lemonade stand for them. It’s a great way for them to get some working habits, and they’ll be happy to earn some pocket money.
Now you are ready for the actual packing. In case you are short on time, you can always find last minute movers in New Jersey to help you.
Packing your garage for the move
Before you start packing, make sure you are equipped with packing supplies. Here is a list of what you’ll need:
- Moving boxes
- Lots of sealable plastic bags
- Original packings for power tools
- Packing peanuts and bubble wrap
- Wrapping tape, rope, blankets, and labels
Ok, the first thing you want to take care of is gas-operated machinery. Empty all fuel from the lawnmower, chainsaw, etc. Then, remove propane tank from the grill. It is strongly advised not to move this tank, so you can sell it or give it to a neighbor. If you have the charcoal grill, remove all charcoal residues before packing.
Now let’s switch to more simple things. Collect all garden tools, wrap them with the tape or rope, and put a blanket around to protect other stuff. Hopefully, you have original packing for the power tools. If that is the case, remove batteries or any detachable part, place them into containers, and they are ready to move. Put all hand tools into the toolbox, and wrap it in the bubble wrap. This goes for the pieces with blades as well. Bubble wrap will protect other things in the truck from scratches and damages.
Dismantle outdoor furniture and remove the flowers from the pots. Check with the moving and storage NJ companies if transporting your plants is possible or not. Disassemble your bike, and try to get an original box at the local bike store. Lable everything. If there is anything fragile, make sure that your movers are aware of it.
Now that you are done with packing your garage, you can continue to your kitchen or bedroom. To conclude with – always pack your garage first.