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How To Pack Garden Tools for Moving

Clothes fit neatly into boxes, bowls can stack inside one another, and books can be stacked nicely into your car. But garden tools are a different story—they're bulky, awkwardly shaped, and often dirty. Not to mention the sharp edges and blades that can be dangerous if not packed properly.

Garden tools are essential for maintaining a beautiful outdoor space, so it's crucial to pack them with care when moving. Here are some tips on how to tackle your garden tool organization for a smooth and safe transition to your new home.

Pre-Moving Prep

Before you start packing your garden tools, it's essential to have a little pre-moving chat with yourself. Take a moment to think about which tools you truly want to bring along. Consider their size, weight, condition, and sentimental value. This is the perfect time to do a little decluttering and decide what stays, what goes to a new home, and what, sadly, needs to be retired.

Gather Packing Supplies

Once you've decided who's in the moving party, it's time to gather your supplies. You'll want to round up these supplies for your garden tool organization:

  • Cardboard boxes: Solid ones in various sizes to accommodate your tool gang.

  • Packing paper or bubble wrap: These will be your tools' cozy blankets to shield them from bumps and bruises during the move.

  • Packing tape: Your reliable partner in keeping those boxes sealed tight.

  • Markers: For adding labels and keeping tabs on your inventory.

  • Plastic bags or containers: For the little tools and bits and bobs that need to be kept together, like screws, nuts, and bolts.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Before you send your tools on their journey, give them a little spa day. Cleaning your garden tools not only prevents them from spreading dirt to your other belongings but also helps extend their lives. Brush off the dirt, rust, and any pesky debris. Then, give them a little love with a coat of oil to keep rust at bay during the move.

Disassembly and Securing

For some of those extra long-handled tools, like shovels or rakes, disassembly is the way to go. Taking them apart makes them easier to pack and reduces the risk of any breakage during transit. Use tape or ties to keep all the loose parts together.

Proper Packaging

Tools that are a bit on the delicate side, such as pruners or shears, need a little extra TLC. Wrap them up in packing paper or bubble wrap to cushion their sharp edges and more fragile parts. Place them in a special box and make sure there's no wiggle room inside.

For the larger tools, make sure they're positioned in the box with their sharp edges facing away from you—we don't want any surprises when you unpack. Add some padding to keep them snug and secure inside the box.

Labeling and Inventory

Labeling is the secret to smooth moves and effective garden tool organization. Clearly mark each box with what's inside and consider color-coding or numbering them for quick identification. Keep an inventory list of all your packed items, so you can easily check that everything has made it to your new digs in one piece.

Special Considerations

Garden tool organization isn't just about the tools themselves; it involves a bit of strategy for the other garden-related items:

Delicate or Fragile Tools

Those delicate garden tools deserve the royal treatment. Wrap them up carefully, place them in their special box, and don't forget to label it as "fragile" to ensure everyone knows they need a gentle touch.

Soil, Fertilizers, and Other Gardening Supplies

When it comes to moving your garden soil, fertilizers, and other supplies, make sure everything is sealed up tight to avoid any accidental spills. Double-bag items or use containers with secure lids to prevent any unexpected soil-based surprises during your move.

Potted Plants and Sensitive Garden Items

Moving potted plants and sensitive garden treasures can be a bit tricky. If possible, bring them along in your car to ensure they get the VIP treatment during the move. For the larger garden items, chat with your moving company to make sure they have the expertise and equipment to handle these delicate items with care.

For potted plants, do a little pruning a few weeks before your move to make them more compact and easier to transport. Use packing material to secure the pots and provide extra cushioning for the plants themselves.

Midgard Can Keep Your Supplies Safe Before and After Your Move

Careful garden tool organization is a labor of love. And if you want a helping hand from the pros, don't hesitate to reach out to Midgard Self Storage. With a range of unit sizes and climate-controlled options, Midgard can help keep your garden tools safe and sound during your move.

And once you're settled into your new home, our storage units are perfect for keeping your tools organized and easily accessible whenever you need them. Find your unit today.