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

packing - moving - boxesWhen you're relocating, in the thick of the boxing, organizing and planning to get to your new abode, few people stop to worry about how you will unpack once you arrive. However, when you are in your new house lugging boxes out of the truck, there are a several things you'll 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 need 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 assisted 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 suggests is that the first item you pack will have many 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 access 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's located in your house than whether or not you will 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 check into a hotel 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 most likely 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 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. Of course, you will also want a couple changes of clothes at hand until you unpack the wardrobe boxes.


The following list of things to think about is what you will need during unpacking. If you do not want 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 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 a moving company to unpack and reassemble for you.

Unpacking Order

Lastly, you will want to ponder the succession you'll want to unpack everything, especially if your things 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 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 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 carefully sorted, packed, and labeled everything, working with your movers is the best way to make sure that the right boxes are available early and delivered to the right rooms. This way, you will not have to sift through stacks of heavy boxes to find what you're looking for as each room will have precisely what it needs.