prepping garage for upcoming move

One of the most intimidating aspects of moving your household is the packing part of the process. As a rule, the packing part of relocation takes at least twice as long as you think it will, as moving is never as simple as it looks.

Unless you’re a particularly organized individual, the garage can be one of the scariest rooms of the home to consider. Most people use the garage area as a means of storage, a place to store various items from tools and lawn care equipment, to clothing, old toys, sporting goods, to food.

Because the garage is such a versatile space for storage, it can pose quite a challenge when beginning a packing plan for your move. At Harrington Moving & Storage, we love helping our customers with simple and efficient solutions for packing up every room in the house. Here are some of our favorite packing tips for organizing your garage area for easy packing, to help you prepare for your next residential moving project.

Understanding the Contents of Your Garage

In order to properly prepare your garage you have to understand the items you have stored—and how each of them should be handled. Some items have strict packing rules, while others may require additional planning due to being large or heavy—like a car, a heavy safe, high-tech or musical equipment.

To help you determine how to proceed, we’ve broken down the most common items found in a garage along with the proper handling necessary for each type of item:

  • Flammable Items: These include items like gas cans, oil, and propane tanks. As a rule, professional movers are not usually permitted to move these types of items. It’s recommended that you give these to neighbors or friends, and replace them with new ones once you’re settled in.
  • Hazardous Chemicals: Like flammable items, hazardous chemicals cannot be moved by professional movers in most cases. Moving hazardous chemicals requires a permit, and most moving companies are not licensed for the legal transportation of hazardous materials. These items include paint cans, cleaners, and other similar materials.
  • Lawn Care Equipment: Professional movers can move large items like mowers, weed-eaters, and other similar equipment. However, before crating and transporting occurs you will need to make sure that your equipment is completely drained of all fuel. Consider investing in a hand pump to ensure complete drainage.
  • Lawn Furniture/Decorations/Outdoor Toys: For your furniture, the first thing to do is separate the cushions from the furniture itself. This makes packing a bit easier when it’s time to get started. The important thing to remember is that you will want to keep similar items in the same boxes and then properly label them. If you don’t want to keep any for the move, donating is always an option for these items.
  • Bicycles: If you’re not using your bike or don’t plan to the easiest thing to do is to donate your bicycle. This can be donated to a neighbor, friend, charity, or anyone else willing to take the bike off your hands. If you intend to keep the bike then you should consider specialty boxes made specifically for the transportation of your bicycle.
  • Excess Boxes: These can either be repurposed as moving boxes if they are sturdy enough or can be donated to charities that are always on the lookout for free materials to keep their own operations going.
  • Motorcycles: With motorcycles there is a range of tie-down options or specialized crating to ensure the safe and secure transportation of your motorcycle. You may also want to consider working with a company that specializes in shipping vehicles.
  • Cars: Many full-service movers offer moving options that include the safe transportation of your vehicle from point A to point B. If not handled by them directly, they usually partner with third parties who specialize in shipping vehicles. Consult with your mover to explore your options for shipping.

Donating Your Unused or Unwanted Items

Donating is an excellent way to streamline your moving experience while helping others in need. Charities like the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and churches are always happy to accept donations from those that are moving and can offer tax write-offs in some situations. In addition, most cities have junk removal companies you can look into if you need help moving your clutter.


Since 1996, the team at Harrington Moving & Storage has been helping customers in New Jersey with every aspect of their move. This has expanded to covering a range of specialty moving needs, including full-service packing assistance. Whether it’s your lawnmower, decorations, or even a wine collection, we have the equipment, training, and staff needed to safely transport everything that lies in your garage and other rooms of your home.

Ready to schedule your move? Give us a call to speak with one of our movers to learn more about our moving services or fill out our online form to schedule your free, in-home assessment.