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

packing - moving - boxesWhen you are moving, amidst the boxing, organizing and planning to reach your destination, not many people pause to ponder about how you'll unpack once you get to your destination. However, standing in your new residence hauling boxes out of the truck, there are a some things you'll 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 need to be able to readily unpack at each stage for the most convenient and enjoyable move possible. Here at A-1 Freeman Moving, we've assisted thousands of people relocate and can offer some helpful hints 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 whole moving truck, it helps to keep in mind an elementary guideline known as FILO or "First In, Last Out". What this means is that the first item you pack will have many 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 most always be at the bottom and the first box in the moving truck will be in back 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 get to your destination.

Smart Packing Strategy in Little Rock

When packing your entire house, it's easy to simply pack everything indiscriminately 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 things you'll need 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 check into a hotel for the first few nights, it is imperative to have a few items ready.

Personal Items

In the course of the first day in your new bare home, you will most likely want some perfectly ordinary things that the residence may or may not be equipped to offer so you will want to have planned accordingly. The thing that is most often missed is a full kit of toiletries. Make sure to pack toilet paper, hand soap and towels along with your tooth brushing and shower gear. Of course, you'll also want a couple changes of clothes available until you unpack your closet.


The next group of items to think about is what you will need admist unpacking. If you don't desire to sit on boxes, bring a camp chair or two so you can sit down in between unpacking sessions before the furniture is assembled. You will also need 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 also skip this step if you've contracted professional movers to unpack and reassemble for you.

Unpacking Order

Finally, you will want to consider the sequence you'll want to unpack items, especially if your items are coming in multiple shipments. 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 locate and swiftly accessible. The kitchen is the next thing people miss 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 carefully sorted, boxed, 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 maneuver through stacks of heavy boxes to find what you are searching for as every room will have exactly what it needs.