Packing your home is one thing, but when it comes time to pack the garage, you might feel a little more overwhelmed. Not only do you have to deal with different types of items, but there is a good chance that things are disorganized. For many people, the garage becomes a dumping ground for things that don’t fit anywhere else, so trying to pack everything inside is usually chaotic. The good news is that some of the best storage companies offer excellent advice on how to make the process easier.
When moving after selling your current home, it is important to research different storage companies. After selecting the right one, you can take your time getting things organized in your new garage. Following are some tips to help with the packing process.
- Sorting – You need to first sort out items in your garage. If you have a significant volume of things that you no longer need or want, consider having a garage sale, donating, recycling, or throwing away. That will reduce the number of items that you need to move to a storage facility. Not only will the move be easier, but you will also need less space at the facility, thereby saving you money.
- Correct Supplies – In preparation for putting things from your garage into storage, it is important to have the right supplies on hand. For example, you need various sized boxes. However, because of the types of things you’ll be packing, make sure the boxes are sturdy. You will also need packing material such as bubble wrap, paper, newspaper, and so on. Also, be sure that you tape both the bottom and top of the filled boxes, making them easier to carry without the risk of items falling out.
- Things Not to Pack – Reputable moving and storage companies also advise never to pack anything toxic or hazardous. For example, paint, gasoline, propane tanks, chemicals, fertilizers, aerosol cans, and so on should never go into storage. These materials create too big of a risk, and in fact, most storage companies prohibit them.
- Packing Correctly – Leave smaller tools in your toolbox, use bubble wrap to protect anything with sharp blades, and use zip ties to bundle gardening tools such as rakes, shovels, hoes, and so on. For anything gas-powered, you will need to drain the fuel and then dispose of it appropriately.
To get items from your garage into storage, it helps to spend a little time getting organized. From there, professional movers can step in to assist.