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January 14, 2018

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

packing - moving - boxesWhen you are moving, amidst the boxing, organizing and planning to get to your destination, few people take a moment to worry about how you will unpack once you get there. However, when you are in your new home lugging 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 while. It's important to be prepared for your first few hours, night and week in the house and what you will require to be able to conveniently unpack at each stage for the most efficient and smooth relocation possible. Here at A-1 Freeman Moving, we have aided thousands of people relocate and can offer a few helpful tips on how to pack up your things in order so that unpacking is a piece of cake.

Last In, First Out

Whether packing a single box or the entire moving truck, it helps to remember an elementary formula known as FILO or "First In, Last Out". What this suggests is that the first thing you pack will have several 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 at the rear of everything else. However, the opposite way to think of this in terms of your experience is "Last In, First Out" meaning that the boxes you pack last will be the ones that you can access as soon as you arrive.

Smart Packing Strategy in Tulsa and Oklahoma City

When packing your entire house, it is not difficult to simply pack everything without thinking into boxes based more on where it's stored than whether or not you will need it. Instead, start by making a list of the things you will want when you are at your new abode, on the first day and over the first night. Don’t forget 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's vital to have a few items at hand.

Personal Items

In the course of the first day in your new barren house, you will probably want a few perfectly normal items that the residence may or may not be equipped to offer so you'll want to have organized accordingly. The thing that is most often neglected is a full kit of toiletries. Make sure to pack toilet paper, hand soap and towels along with your tooth brushing and shower gear. Naturally, you'll also want a few changes of clothes easily accessible until you unpack the wardrobe boxes.


The following list of items to ponder is what you'll need admist unpacking. If you do not desire 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'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 reassembling the furniture. You can also skip this step if you have appointed a moving company to unpack and reassemble for you.

Unpacking Order

Lastly, you'll want to consider the sequence you'll want to unpack items, 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 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 are whipped at the end of the day with clean sheets, pillows, and blankets.

Once you or your movers have meticulously 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 right rooms. This way, you will not have to sift through stacks of heavy boxes to find what you are searching for as every room will have precisely what it needs.

The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
Best. Move. Ever!
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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