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

packing - moving - boxesWhen you are moving, in the thick of the packing, organizing and planning to get to your landing-place, few people stop to worry about how you will unpack once you arrive. However, when you are in your new residence lugging boxes out of the truck, there are a some things you'll want ready right away as opposed to everything else that could wait a few days. It's important to be prepared for 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 move possible. Here at A-1 Freeman Moving, we've aided thousands of people relocate and can offer several helpful hints on how to pack up your things so that unpacking is easy peasy.

Last In, First Out

When packing a single box or the whole moving truck, it helps to think of an elementary ground rule known as FILO or "First In, Last Out". What this means is that the first item you pack will have lots of 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 in back of everything else. However, the better way to think of this in terms of your experience is "Last In, First Out" meaning that the things you pack last will be what you can get to as soon as you arrive.

Smart Packing Strategy in San Antonio

When packing your complete house, it's easy to simply pack everything without planning into boxes based more on where it is stored than whether or not you'll need it. Instead, start by making a list of the items you will need when you are at your new abode, on the first day and over the first night. Remember that you will probably be at the end of a long road or plane trip. If you don't get a hotel room for the first few nights, it is vital to have a few items at hand.

Personal Items

During the first day in your new bare house, you will probably want a few perfectly ordinary items 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 have toilet paper, hand soap and towels along with your tooth brushing and shower gear. Also, you will also want a couple changes of clothes at hand until you unpack your closet.


The next list of things to think about is what you will need during unpacking. If you do not desire 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'll 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've hired a moving company to unpack and reassemble for you.

Unpacking Order

Lastly, you will want to think about the succession you'll want to unpack everything, especially if your things 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 remaining valuable bathroom items, like towels and medicines, somewhere easy to locate and swiftly 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 laboriously sorted, packed, and labeled everything, working with your movers is the best way to ensure 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 are looking for as each room will have precisely what it needs.