Tackling the Garage Before Your Move – Tips for Downsizing, Decluttering, and Packing

The garage is such a valuable part of your home. It (hopefully) houses your vehicle, keeps your tools and lawn equipment tucked away, and is a good place to stick everything from an extra refrigerator to seasonal yard art.

As great as it is to have a catch-all place for an interesting collection of stuff, the garage can be the hardest part of the house to take apart and pack when it’s time to move. Here are a few tips to help you through the process.

1. Relocate Out-of-Place Items

The garage definitely becomes the landing spot for many things that don’t necessarily have a home in the house. However, you probably do have items in your garage that are more logical to be packed up with items from different rooms. For example, if you have transitioned a few small kitchen appliances and an extra box of holiday dishes to the garage, make sure these items are placed with your kitchen items.

2. Eliminate Containers of Fluid

Cans of fuel, cleaning chemicals, oil, liquid fertilizers—all of these are hard to move safely. Plus, containers of fluid are too risky to transport with all of your other belongings in the back of a moving truck. Go ahead and make an effort to use up what you can and consider passing along the rest to a neighbor then responsibly get rid of the rest of the items.

3. Trim the Tool Collection

Multiples of certain tools are commonplace in a crowded garage. People tend to generate a full collection of tools they often use but usually rely on particular tools they would prefer to use. For example, maybe you have three different floor jacks but prefer to use one, or perhaps you have four wrenches, all the same size, but prefer your newest addition. Tools are heavy, they can take up a lot of space, and it may be worth trimming the tool collection.

4. Have a Garage Sale, Donate the Rest

If your current location or HOA allows, hosting a garage sale before your residential move is an easy way to really clear out some items and make some money in the process. For instance, if you manage to trim your tool collection, you may not necessarily want to donate these items. Host a garage sale when you get a chance before moving and get a little money for things you really don’t want to pack with you.

5. Pack In Reusable Storage Containers

You can pick up some relatively sturdy moving boxes, but even those boxes can be stressed with heavy tools. If you have many hand tools and power tools, consider picking up some heavy-duty storage containers to pack them before the move. As a bonus, the containers can be used for storage and organization in the new garage.

Trust Professional Movers for Help with Your Residential Move

Whether it’s a full garage or a houseful of belongings, having help with your move can really make things easier to handle. Reach out to professional movers to help you get everything from the garage to the basement packed up and transitioned to your new place. Contact us today for a free quote.


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