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January 14, 2018

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

packing - moving - boxesWhen you're relocating, amidst the boxing, organizing and planning to reach your landing-place, hardly any people pause to think about how you'll unpack once you get to your destination. However, when you are in your new house lugging boxes out of the truck, there are a several things you will want ready right away as opposed to everything else that could wait a while. It's important to be prepared for your first few hours, night and week in the house and what you'll need to be able to readily unpack at each stage for the most convenient and smooth relocation possible. Here at A-1 Freeman Moving, we have aided thousands of people relocate and can suggest some helpful tips 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 whole moving truck, it helps to remember a simple guideline known as FILO or "First In, Last Out". What this means is that the first thing you pack will have lots of other items stacked 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 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 boxes you pack last will be the ones that you can access as soon as you arrive.

Smart Packing Strategy in San Antonio

When packing your complete house, it's easy to simply pack everything indiscriminately into boxes based more on where it is located in your house than whether or not you'll need it. Instead, start by making a list of the things you will want when you are at your new abode, on the first day and over the first night. Remember that you'll probably be at the end of a long road or plane trip. If you do not stay in a hotel for the first few nights, it's imperative to have a few items at hand.

Personal Items

During the first day in your new bare home, you will most likely want a few perfectly normal items 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 overlooked is a full kit of toiletries. Make sure to include toilet paper, hand soap and towels along with your tooth brushing and shower gear. Naturally, you'll also want a couple changes of clothes available until you unpack your wardrobe.


The following group of items to think about is what you'll need while unpacking. If you do not like to sit on boxes, bring a camp chair or two so you can rest between unpacking sessions before the furniture is set up. You will also need 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 have hired professional movers to unpack and reassemble for you.

Unpacking Order

Finally, you'll want to think about the succession you'll want to unpack items, especially if your things are coming in multiple shipments. The primary rooms to concentrate on are the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom, in that order. Make sure to pack the remaining valuable bathroom items, like towels and medicines, somewhere easy to uncover and quickly accessible. The kitchen is the next thing people miss and find themselves eating on paper plates while seeking 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 carefully sorted, packed, and labeled all of your possessions, working with your movers is the best way to ensure that the right boxes are available early and delivered to the appropriate rooms. This way, you will not have to maneuver through stacks of heavy boxes to find what you're searching for as each room will have precisely 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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