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

packing - moving - boxesWhen you are relocating, in the thick of the packing, organizing and planning to reach your landing-place, not many people pause to worry about how you will unpack once you get to your destination. However, standing in your new home hauling boxes out of the truck, there are a few things you'll want ready right away as opposed to everything else that could wait several days. It's important to be prepared for your first few hours, night and week in the house and what you will need to be able to easily unpack at each stage for the most effortless and comfortable relocation possible. Here at A-1 Freeman Moving, we have helped thousands of people relocate and can recommend some helpful pointers on how to pack up your things so that unpacking is a piece of cake.

Last In, First Out

When packing a single box or the entire moving truck, it helps to keep in mind a simple ground rule known as FILO or "First In, Last Out". What this means is that the first thing you pack will have several other items piled 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 into the moving truck will be at the rear of everything else. However, the better way to think of this in terms of your experience is "Last In, First Out" which means that the items you pack last will be what you can get to as soon as you get to your destination.

Smart Packing Strategy in Wichita Falls

When packing your entire house, it is easy to simply pack everything without thinking into boxes based more on where it is at in the house than whether or not you'll need it. Instead, start by making a list of the items you'll need when you get to your new house, 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 don't stay in a hotel for the first few nights, it is imperative to have a few items ready.

Personal Items

In the course of the first day at your new barren house, you will presumably want a few perfectly human things that the residence may or may not be equipped to offer so you'll want to have packed 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 will also want a few changes of clothes closeby until you unpack the wardrobe boxes.


The next set of things to ponder is what you'll need while unpacking. If you don't want to sit on boxes, bring a camp chair or two so you can take a load off 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 putting together the furniture. You can also skip this step if you've hired professional movers to unpack and reassemble for you.

Unpacking Order

Lastly, you'll need to ponder the order you'll want to unpack everything, especially if your possessions are coming in multiple shipments. The primary rooms to worry about are the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom, in that order. Make sure to pack the remaining important bathroom items, like towels and medicines, somewhere easy to uncover and quickly accessible. The kitchen is the next thing people overlook 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're beat at the end of the day with clean sheets, pillows, and blankets.

Once you or your movers have carefully 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 won't have to maneuver through stacks of heavy boxes to find what you're searching for as each room will have exactly what it needs.