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January 14, 2018

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

packing - moving - boxesWhen you're moving, amidst the packing, organizing and planning to reach your new abode, not many people take a moment to worry about how you will unpack once you arrive. However, standing in your new house carrying boxes out of the truck, there are a some things you will want ready right away as opposed to everything else that could wait a few days. It is important to be prepared for your first few hours, night and week in the house and what you will 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 have aided thousands of people relocate and can offer 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 formula known as FILO or "First In, Last Out". What this means is that the first item you pack will have many other things piled 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 in 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" which means that the items you pack last will be what you can get to as soon as you arrive.

Smart Packing Strategy in Tulsa

When packing your complete house, it's not difficult to simply pack everything without thinking into boxes based more on where it is stored than whether or not you will need it. Instead, start by making a list of the items you'll require 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 do not stay in a hotel for the first few nights, it's vital to have a few items at hand.

Personal Items

During the first day at your new barren residence, you will presumably want a few perfectly human items that the residence may or may not be equipped to offer so you will want to have packed accordingly. The thing that is most often missed is a full kit of toiletries. Make sure to include 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 closeby until you unpack your wardrobe.


The next set of things 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 take a load off between unpacking sessions before the furniture is in place. 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 feel free to skip this step if you've hired professional movers to unpack and reassemble for you.

Unpacking Order

Finally, you'll need to consider the succession you will want to unpack everything, especially if your things are coming in multiple trucks. The primary rooms to concentrate on 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 find and swiftly 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're exhausted at the end of the day with clean sheets, pillows, and blankets.

Once you or your movers have cautiously sorted, packed, and labeled all your stuff, working with your movers is the best way to make sure that the right boxes are available early and delivered to the appropriate rooms. This way, you will not have to sort through stacks of heavy boxes to find what you're looking for as each room will have exactly 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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