Man preparing items from his shed for a household move.Your shed has served you well, but if you’re getting ready to move, you’ll need to set aside some time to get things packed up. From lawnmowers and tools to all those other odds and ends, the idea of packing up an entire shed for a move can seem daunting. However, it doesn’t have to be. With some planning and a few tips in mind, you’ll be ready to tackle this project over a weekend.

Purge and Declutter

Start by taking inventory of what you have in your shed; there’s a good chance you’ve accumulated some items over the years, some of which you may not desire to bring to your new place.

This is a great time to get rid of things you no longer need. It’s time to discard broken items—from weed wackers to leaf blowers. If you have much to get rid of that’s still in decent condition, you might consider holding a yard sale. This way, you can free up space in your moving truck while earning extra cash to offset your moving costs.

Also, sort through the accumulated items in your shed and return any borrowed items to neighbors or friends!

Safety First

Your shed likely contains some hazardous materials and potentially dangerous items, so keeping safety at the forefront is essential. This means ensuring that all blades, saws, and other sharp objects are correctly wrapped and packed in a covered box that will not easily tear or rip.

Packing paper, craft paper, and even old t-shirts and clothes are ideal for wrapping sharp or jagged tools; you can also use tape or string to hold the wrapping in place.

If you’re hiring movers, communicate with them about potentially hazardous items. There is a chance your movers cannot relocate things like pool chemicals, gasoline, fertilizer, weed killer, and similar materials.

Disassemble Larger Items

It’s best to disassemble larger items (such as power tools and lawnmowers) before packing them for easy packing and transport. Be sure to remove fuel and other liquids (such as oil) from these items as part of the process. It’s also a good idea to take photos of the disassembly process and carefully bag and label all parts, making reassembling them at your new place easier.

Invest in Totes

Even with careful packing and planning, you’ll have many loose ends and random items left to pack in your shed. This is where having large moving totes comes in handy. Totes are great for odds and ends and can be easily labeled to make unpacking easier. Plus, you can continue to use totes for organization in your new shed even after the move. Check with your mover about the ideal totes for stacking and storing while moving.

Get Ready for a Smooth Move

While packing up your entire shed for a move may seem overwhelming, these tips and tricks will have you done in no time. Are you looking for more ways to take the stress out of your upcoming move? Hiring professional movers is the way to go! Contact us today to learn more about our services or to request your free, no-obligation moving quote.