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

packing - moving - boxesWhen you're relocating, in the thick of the boxing, organizing and planning to get to your new abode, hardly any people pause to think about how you will unpack once you get to your destination. However, when you are in your new home carrying boxes out of the truck, there are a some things you will want ready right away as opposed to everything else that could wait several 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 readily unpack at each stage for the most efficient and pleasant relocation possible. Here at A-1 Freeman Moving, we have aided thousands of people move and can recommend several helpful pointers on how to pack up your things in order so that unpacking is easy peasy.

Last In, First Out

When packing a single box or the entire moving truck, it helps to think of a simple formula known as FILO or "First In, Last Out". What this means is that the first thing you pack will have lots of other items heaped on top of it and will, therefore, be one of the last things you unpack. The first thing in a box will most always be at the bottom and the first box in the moving truck will be at the back behind everything else. However, the opposite way to think of this in terms of your experience is "Last In, First Out" which means that the things you pack last will be the ones that you can access as soon as you get to your destination.

Smart Packing Strategy in Houston

When packing your complete house, it's easy to simply pack everything without planning into boxes based more on where it's located in your house than whether or not you'll need it. Instead, start by making a list of what you will need when you get to your new house, on the first day and over the first night. Don’t forget that you will probably be at the end of a long road or plane trip. If you don't check into a hotel for the first few nights, it is imperative to have a few items readily available.

Personal Items

During the first day in your new empty home, you will probably want some perfectly ordinary items that the residence may or may not be equipped to offer so you'll want to have planned accordingly. The thing that is most often overlooked is a full kit of toiletries. Make sure to have toilet paper, hand soap and towels along with your tooth brushing and shower gear. Also, you will also want a few changes of clothes easily accessible until you unpack the wardrobe boxes.

Practical

The next list of items to think about is what you will need admist unpacking. If you do not desire to sit on boxes, bring a camp chair or two so you can sit down in between unpacking sessions before the furniture is assembled. You will also require a box cutter or pocket knife for tape, a dolly for moving heavy or stacked boxes and your set of tools for reassembling the furniture. You can also skip this step if you have hired a moving company to unpack and reassemble for you.

Unpacking Order

Lastly, you'll need to think about the succession you will want to unpack things, especially if your possessions are coming in more than one shipment. The primary rooms to concern yourself with 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 find and quickly accessible. The kitchen is the next thing people overlook 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 are whipped at the end of the day with clean sheets, pillows, and blankets.

Once you or your movers have meticulously sorted, boxed, and labeled all of your possessions, working with your movers is the best way to make sure that the right boxes are available early and delivered to the correct rooms. This way, you will not have to sort through stacks of heavy boxes to find what you're looking for as each room will have exactly what it needs.