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January 14, 2018

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

packing - moving - boxesWhen you're relocating, in the thick of the boxing, organizing and planning to get to your landing-place, not many people take a moment to think about how you will unpack once you arrive. However, when you are in your new home lugging boxes out of the truck, there are a several items you will want ready right away as opposed to everything else that could wait a few days. It is important to be prepared for your first few hours, night and week in the house and what you will require to be able to readily unpack at each stage for the most effortless and enjoyable relocation possible. Here at A-1 Freeman Moving, we've assisted thousands of people move and can offer some helpful tips on how to pack up your things so that unpacking is a breeze.

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 things heaped on top of it and will, therefore, be one of the last things you unpack. The first thing in a box will always be at the bottom and the first box into 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" meaning that the items you pack last will be what you can access as soon as you arrive.

Smart Packing Strategy in Wichita Falls

When packing your complete house, it is not difficult to simply pack everything without thinking into boxes based more on where it's stored than whether or not you'll need it. Instead, start by making a list of the things you will want when you arrive, 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 important to have a few things at hand.

Personal Items

During the first day at your new bare home, you will presumably want some perfectly human things that the residence may or may not be equipped to offer so you'll want to have planned accordingly. One thing that is most often missed 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 at hand until you unpack the wardrobe boxes.


The subsequent group of items to ponder is what you'll need admist unpacking. If you don't like to sit on boxes, bring a camp chair or two so you can rest in between unpacking sessions before the furniture is assembled. 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 reassembling the furniture. You can feel free to skip this step if you have hired a moving company to unpack and reassemble for you.

Unpacking Order

Finally, you will want to think about the order you will 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 essential bathroom items, like towels and medicines, somewhere easy to pinpoint and swiftly accessible. The kitchen is the next thing people neglect and find themselves eating on paper plates while looking 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 beat at the end of the day with clean sheets, pillows, and blankets.

Once you or your movers have painstakingly sorted, boxed, and labeled everything, working with your movers is the best way to ensure that the right boxes are available early and delivered to the right rooms. This way, you will not have to sort through stacks of heavy boxes to find what you are searching for as each room will have unequivocally what it needs.

The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
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Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.
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