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Packing the Garage

This will probably be the hardest area to pack, as garages are notorious for being used to store everything BUT the family car.  To make it worse, many items in a garage are very small.

If you are one of those who actually HAVE an already-organized garage, then packing will not be too bad.  It will only be a matter of removing storage containers, securing the lids if necessary, and placing them into clearly labeled boxes.

If you are like most people, you will find that the packing process will almost inevitably FORCE you to organize your garage—at least for the initial move.  But, at least when the garage at your new residence is ready to be filled, most of the work will be done.

Start off by sorting and organizing small, often-used items and tools.  If necessary, go ahead and buy storage containers, as they can ALWAYS be used in the new garage. 

Label the containers as well as the boxes in which they are packed.  While you’re at it, take a few more minutes and pack the boxes the way you will want the items to be organized (screws, nails, tacks together; hand tools together; accessories together, etc.)

Pack wisely, using the right kind of box or container.  Cushion or cover those pieces of equipment or tools, which need to be protected; label any boxes, which contain sharp or dangerous materials so that no one will be injured.

If at all possible, empty and thoroughly drain those items that require fuel or any other type liquid for operation. Obey proper disposal AND transportation laws for hazardous liquids.  Clean equipment, if necessary.

Place cans, bottles, or other containers, which may spill or otherwise dispense their contents, to where no damage will occur should such an incident occur.