Packing the Garage, Hobby Room, Storage

Garages and storage sheds typically take the longest to pack as they are filled with odd-shaped, sharp or heavy items that require special care to pack correctly.

Start by safely disposing of items that cannot be shipped, including chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, oil and gas. Next, group items of a similar size or shape together, like long-handled tools with pruning shears. Then, make sure you have an assortment of boxes and packing paper to properly wrap and cushion items. For an exact list of items that we are unable to transport in the moving van, refer to Your Guide to a Successful Move. 

Garage and Garden ToolsClearing out some things. Shot of a man carrying a box in a garage.

Long-handled garage and garden tools, as well as brooms and mops, can be bundled together securely with tape, and then the movers will pad-wrap these items. Attachments should be removed from power tools and packed separately.

  • Hand tools may be left in tool boxes and the spaces filled with crushed paper, or they may be packed according to general packing rules. Always use small cartons for heavy tools.
  • Use old towels to wrap and tape any sharp-edged tools.


Dispose of unused charcoal.  Remove the propane tank, if connected – it cannot be transported in the moving van.

Outdoor Equipment

Before moving day, dismantle children’s swing sets, TV antennas and garden sheds you plan to take with you.

  • Place small hardware in a plastic bag or old coffee can and label.
  • If the parts bag can be securely attached to corresponding equipment, all the better.
  • Prepare lawn mower by safely draining gasoline prior to loading day.

Patio Furniture

Remove cushions and clean frames. Pack cushions in large carton or wardrobe.

Pots and Planters

Young businesswoman packing pot plants in boxes in flower shop

Pack small ceramic or pottery planters like any fragile item – individually wrapped with plenty of cushioning. If you plan to move any large or unusual planters, consult your Relocation Consultant.

Trash Cans

It may be easier to purchase new garbage cans once you arrive at your new home. If you do move them, we recommend cleaning them before move day.​


Keep it clean and dry during transport by wrapping it in paper padding or a plastic bag and taping shut. Do not pack the weighted umbrella stand.