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January 14, 2018

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

packing - moving - boxesWhen you are moving, in the thick of the packing, organizing and planning to get to your landing-place, few people take a moment to ponder about how you'll unpack once you arrive. However, when you are in your new house lugging boxes out of the truck, there are a few things you will want ready right away as opposed to everything else that could wait a few days. It's important to be prepared for your first few hours, night and week in the house and what you'll require to be able to easily unpack at each stage for the most efficient and comfortable relocation possible. Here at A-1 Freeman Moving, we've aided thousands of people relocate and can suggest several helpful tips 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 think of an elementary guideline known as FILO or "First In, Last Out". What this suggests is that the first thing you pack will have several 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 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 items you pack last will be the ones that you can get to as soon as you arrive.

Smart Packing Strategy in Colorado Springs

When packing your whole house, it is 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 things 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 check into a hotel for the first few nights, it's vital to have a few items readily available.

Personal Items

In the course of the first day at your new barren house, you will probably want a number of perfectly normal things that the residence may or may not be equipped to offer so you will want to have packed accordingly. One item that is most often overlooked is a full kit of toiletries. Make sure to include toilet paper, hand soap and towels along with your tooth brushing and shower gear. Naturally, you'll also want a few changes of clothes at hand until you unpack the wardrobe boxes.


The following list of items to ponder is what you will need during unpacking. If you don't want to sit on boxes, bring a camp chair or two so you can take a load off between unpacking sessions before the furniture is set up. You will also want 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 a moving company to unpack and reassemble for you.

Unpacking Order

Lastly, you'll want to consider the order you will want to unpack everything, especially if your possessions are coming in multiple trucks. The primary rooms to worry about are the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom, in that order. Make sure to pack the rest of your valuable 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 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're beat at the end of the day with clean sheets, pillows, and blankets.

Once you or your movers have painstakingly sorted, boxed, and labeled all your stuff, 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 won't have to sift through stacks of heavy boxes to find what you are searching for as every 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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