A quick guide for packing areas like attics, garages, basements, sheds, or other storage spaces. Since most items stored there are not immediately necessary, it’s a strategic starting point. It’s also an excellent opportunity to declutter and minimize the number of things you’ll be transporting. Here are some general tips for packing these areas:

  1. Use stretch wrap for patio or lawn furniture, and place outdoor cushions in moving boxes or trash bags.
  2. Clean and label trash cans; consider packing them with garage odds and ends.
  3. Drain oil and gas from lawn equipment and power tools like chainsaws.
  4. Wrap large items such as lawnmowers, weed trimmers, and grills with moving blankets and packing tape.
  5. Box small power tools in their original packaging or appropriate-sized boxes.
  6. Wrap outdoor planters or containers with bubble wrap and packing tape.
  7. Tie together outdoor tools like rakes and brooms using a zip-tie to facilitate loading.
  8. If you own a gas grill, avoid packing the tanks into the moving truck.

Important tip: Some items may require adjustments or repairs before, during, and after the move. Set aside a box containing essential tools such as screwdrivers (both Philips and Flathead), tape measure, box cutter, hammer, nails, screws, putty knife, pliers, and a wrench.

In addition to these specific tips, maintaining a well-organized and labeled approach throughout your entire packing process will greatly ease the unpacking phase at your new destination. Consider creating an inventory list and labeling each box with its contents and designated room. This meticulous approach will not only save you time during the unpacking process but also ensure that you can quickly locate essential items upon arrival. Moving can be a daunting task, but with careful planning and strategic packing, you can turn it into a smoother and more efficient experience.

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