Having a garage or
basement is wonderful – a wonderful trap. It’s so easy, over the
years, to keep the rest of your home clean...by stuffing everything
into the basement. Or garage. There, it hides away until it’s time
to move. Then, it becomes a monster waiting to complicate your life
and your move. Don’t despair, we’ve got some tips to help you
whittle the monster into a doable task.
1. Don't leave it
too late – you know there is a monster of a mess waiting in the
basement. Leaving it until the last minute will cause more headaches
than it will fend off.
2. Sort and
organize. This is the time to be ruthless. Sure, those model parts or
that old set of golf clubs or craft supplies for that project you
never got started are still worth something, but will you ever
actually use them?
3. Start by sorting
the items into three piles:
Are they in
good shape and still usable? Then they can be either sold at a
garage sale, or donated to charities.
broken down/unusable? This pile is for garbage.
hazardous or unsafe items? Cans of paint, paint thinner, and other
items containing potentially harmful chemicals need special
treatment. Consult your local municipality about how to properly
dispose of them.
4. Packing Tools and Garden Equipment
These items are
often large and almost always awkwardly shaped.
long handles, like brooms, rakes, and even mops, can be bundled
together. Tie them together and then wrap around a few times with
You can apply
the same logic to hand tools – hammers, screw drivers, and others
can be tied together and wrapped in plastic. Then they can be packed in a moving box with crumpled paper filler.
can be used to protect sharp edges like a shovel or garden shears.
Drain the gas
and/or oil out of any power tools before packing.
5. Packing Your Barbecue
This is an awkward
item, but it can be managed too.
used charcoal or disconnect the gas tank, as applicable.
The gas tank
should be moved only in your car – don't put it in the truck where
it may move around. TIP: Place it on the floor in the back seat, and
then move the front seat back, gently, until it is secured and won't
move. Now, drive carefully!
An old coffee
can makes a great container for any hardware or peripheral items.
Place it on the grill, shut the barbecue, and then secure the lid
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