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January 14, 2018

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

packing - moving - boxesWhen you are moving, in the thick of the packing, 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 carrying 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 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 easily unpack at each stage for the most efficient and enjoyable move possible. Here at A-1 Freeman Moving, we have assisted thousands of people move and can suggest some helpful hints on how to pack up your things in order so that unpacking is a breeze.

Last In, First Out

Whether packing a single box or the whole moving truck, it helps to remember a straightforward guideline known as FILO or "First In, Last Out". What this suggests is that the first thing you pack will have several other things stacked on top of it and will, therefore, be one of the last things you unpack. The first thing in a box will usually be at the bottom and the first box in the moving truck will be at the back behind everything else. However, the better way to think of this in terms of your experience is "Last In, First Out" which means that the things you pack last will be the ones that you can get to as soon as you get to your destination.

Smart Packing Strategy in Austin

When packing your complete house, it is not difficult to simply pack everything indiscriminately into boxes based more on where it's stored than whether or not you will need it. Instead, start by making a list of what you will require when you arrive, 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 don't stay in a hotel for the first few nights, it's vital to have a few things at hand.

Personal Items

In the course of the first day at your new empty residence, you will presumably want some perfectly ordinary items that the residence may or may not be equipped to offer so you will want to have planned 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. Also, you will also want a few changes of clothes at hand until you unpack your wardrobe.


The subsequent list of things to think about is what you will need while unpacking. If you do not like to sit on boxes, bring a camp chair or two so you can sit down in between unpacking sessions before the furniture is in place. You'll 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 also skip this step if you've hired a moving company to unpack and reassemble for you.

Unpacking Order

Finally, you will need to think about the sequence you'll want to unpack everything, especially if your possessions are coming in multiple shipments. The primary rooms to concern yourself with are the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom, in that order. Make sure to pack the remaining essential bathroom items, like towels and medicines, somewhere easy to pinpoint and quickly accessible. The kitchen is the next thing people neglect 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're exhausted 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 won't have to sift through stacks of heavy boxes to find what you're looking 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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