When moving, efficient use of space can be the difference in all your items making it in one truckload or having to rent an additional truck or make a second trip. One of the most underutilized items when moving is the household garbage cans. You can use your garbage cans when moving since they are great for those items that are difficult to pack. They don’t take up much space and are generally very durable. The ones that come with the built-in wheels can be loaded down with heavy items and the wheels make it simple for transportation despite the heavier than normal load.
The first thing you want to do when considering the garbage cans when moving is to disinfect them before using them as a storage option. Get the garden hose out and spray them down to get the smell, grime, and nastiness out of them. Give yourself enough time to clean the garbage bins and let them air dry completely before starting to pack your items in them. Packing items in a damp garbage container can cause damage or be a breeding ground for mold and mildew, so make sure that you have totally dried out the garbage cans.
The following is a list of possible items to pack in your garbage cans when moving:
- Yard tools like rakes, shovels, and trimmers
- Home tools like your brooms, mops, and dusters
- Boxes of nuts, bolts, screws, and nails
- Shop tools such as saws, hammers, and wrenches
- Automotive stuff like extra oil, windshield wiper fluid and cleaning supplies
- Holiday decorations such as wreathes, lights, and ornaments
- Gardening equipment like plant food, fertilizer or extra bags of top soil
- Household cleaning supplies like bleach, window cleaner, or laundry detergent (note that the Department of Transportation regulates some of these items; check with your moving company)
No matter what you decide to pack in your garbage cans when moving, look at them as the asset they are instead of the waste of space they could be.