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January 14, 2018

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

packing - moving - boxesWhen you are moving, amidst the boxing, organizing and planning to reach your destination, hardly any people pause to worry about how you will unpack once you arrive. However, standing in your new home carrying boxes out of the truck, there are a some items 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'll require to be able to conveniently unpack at each stage for the most effortless and comfortable move possible. Here at A-1 Freeman Moving, we have assisted thousands of people relocate and can suggest some helpful pointers on how to pack up your things in order so that unpacking is a piece of cake.

Last In, First Out

When packing a single box or the whole moving truck, it helps to think of an elementary formula known as FILO or "First In, Last Out". What this means is that the first item you pack will have several other items heaped 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 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 get to your destination.

Smart Packing Strategy in Oklahoma City

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'll need it. Instead, start by making a list of the items you'll require when you get to your new house, 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 get a hotel room for the first few nights, it's imperative to have a few items readily available.

Personal Items

During the first day in your new empty home, you will presumably want some perfectly human things that the residence may or may not be equipped to offer so you'll want to have organized accordingly. One thing that is most often missed 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 your closet.


The following list of things to consider is what you'll need during unpacking. If you do not like to sit on boxes, bring a camp chair or two so you can sit down between unpacking sessions before the furniture is assembled. 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 reassembling the furniture. You can also skip this step if you've appointed a moving company to unpack and reassemble for you.

Unpacking Order

Lastly, you'll need to consider the succession you'll want to unpack items, especially if your things 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 rest of your essential 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 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 exhausted at the end of the day with clean sheets, pillows, and blankets.

Once you or your movers have laboriously 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 correct rooms. This way, you won't have to sort through stacks of heavy boxes to find what you're looking for as every 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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