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January 14, 2018

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

packing - moving - boxesWhen you are relocating, in the thick of the packing, organizing and planning to get to your new abode, few people pause to ponder about how you'll unpack once you arrive. However, when you are in your new house carrying boxes out of the truck, there are a several items you will want ready right away as opposed to everything else that could wait a while. It's important to think about 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 effortless and enjoyable move possible. Here at A-1 Freeman Moving, we've helped thousands of people move and can recommend several helpful tips on how to pack up your things in order so that unpacking is a breeze.

Last In, First Out

When packing a single box or the entire moving truck, it helps to keep in mind an elementary ground rule known as FILO or "First In, Last Out". What this means is that the first thing you pack will have many other items 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 at the back behind 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 Denver

When packing your whole house, it is not difficult to simply pack everything indiscriminately 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 items you will want when you get to your new house, 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 ready.

Personal Items

During the first day in your new barren home, you will most likely 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. 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. Naturally, you'll also want a couple changes of clothes easily accessible until you unpack your closet.


The subsequent set of things to ponder is what you will need while unpacking. If you do not 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 assembled. 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 putting together the furniture. You can also skip this step if you have appointed professional movers to unpack and reassemble for you.

Unpacking Order

Finally, you will want to think about the succession you'll want to unpack things, 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 swiftly accessible. The kitchen is the next thing people overlook 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 whipped at the end of the day with clean sheets, pillows, and blankets.

Once you or your movers have carefully 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 appropriate rooms. This way, you won't have to sort 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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