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January 14, 2018

Last In, First Out: How to Prioritize Your Boxes when Moving to Houston

packing - moving - boxesWhen you're relocating, amidst the boxing, organizing and planning to reach your new abode, not many people pause to ponder about how you'll unpack once you get there. However, standing in your new residence hauling boxes out of the truck, there are a several items you'll want ready right away as opposed to everything else that could wait a few days. It's important to think about your first few hours, night and week in the house and what you'll require to be able to easily unpack at each stage for the most efficient and pleasant relocation possible. Here at A-1 Freeman Moving, we have assisted thousands of people relocate and can suggest some helpful pointers on how to pack up your things in order so that unpacking is a breeze.

Last In, First Out

When packing a single box or the entire moving truck, it helps to keep in mind an elementary guideline known as FILO or "First In, Last Out". What this means is that the first item you pack will have many other things piled on top of it and will, therefore, be one of the last things you unpack. The first thing in a box will usually be at the bottom and the first box into the moving truck will be at the rear of everything else. However, the opposite way to think of this in terms of your experience is "Last In, First Out" meaning that the things you pack last will be the ones that you can get to as soon as you arrive.

Smart Packing Strategy in Houston

When packing your entire house, it's easy to simply pack everything indiscriminately into boxes based more on where it's at in the house than whether or not you will need it. Instead, start by making a list of what you will require when you are at your new abode, on the first day and over the first night. Don’t forget that you'll probably be at the end of a long road or plane trip. If you do not check into a hotel for the first few nights, it's imperative to have a few things ready.

Personal Items

In the course of the first day in your new bare house, you will probably want a few perfectly human items that the residence may or may not be equipped to offer so you will want to have organized accordingly. One item that is most often overlooked is a full kit of toiletries. Make sure to pack toilet paper, hand soap and towels along with your tooth brushing and shower gear. Of course, you'll also want a couple changes of clothes available until you unpack your wardrobe.


The subsequent list of things to ponder is what you will need while unpacking. If you do not want to sit on boxes, bring a camp chair or two so you can rest in between unpacking sessions before the furniture is in place. You will also want a box cutter or pocket knife for tape, a dolly for moving heavy or stacked boxes and your set of tools for putting together the furniture. You can feel free to skip this step if you've hired a moving company to unpack and reassemble for you.

Unpacking Order

Finally, you'll want to ponder the order you'll want to unpack things, especially if your items are coming in more than one shipment. The primary rooms to worry about are the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom, in that order. Make sure to pack the rest of your important bathroom items, like towels and medicines, somewhere easy to uncover and swiftly accessible. The kitchen is the next thing people neglect and find themselves eating on paper plates while searching for the box of dishes. Your kitchen boxes should be clearly labeled and packed last so you can access your dishes, pans, and spices on the first night. Finally, make sure you can make your bed before you're exhausted at the end of the day with clean sheets, pillows, and blankets.

Once you or your movers have painstakingly sorted, packed, and labeled everything, working with your movers is the best way to make sure that the right boxes are available early and delivered to the appropriate rooms. This way, you won't have to maneuver through stacks of heavy boxes to find what you are searching for as every room will have unequivocally what it needs.

The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
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