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

packing - moving - boxesWhen you are relocating, between the packing, organizing and planning to reach your destination, hardly any people pause to think about how you'll unpack once you get to your destination. However, standing in your new house hauling boxes out of the truck, there are a few things you'll 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 easily unpack at each stage for the most convenient and enjoyable relocation possible. Here at A-1 Freeman Moving, we have aided thousands of people relocate and can suggest some helpful tips on how to pack up your things so that unpacking is a breeze.

Last In, First Out

Whether packing a single box or the whole moving truck, it helps to think of a straightforward ground rule known as FILO or "First In, Last Out". What this suggests is that the first item you pack will have several 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 usually be at the bottom and the first box in 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" which means that the things you pack last will be what you can access as soon as you arrive.

Smart Packing Strategy in Denver

When packing your entire house, it's not difficult to simply pack everything without thinking 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 what you will require when you arrive, on the first day and over the first night. Don’t forget 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 is imperative to have a few items at hand.

Personal Items

During the first day in your new barren residence, 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 planned accordingly. One item that is most often neglected 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 will also want a few changes of clothes at hand until you unpack the wardrobe boxes.


The next list of items to think about is what you will need during 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 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 have contracted a moving company to unpack and reassemble for you.

Unpacking Order

Finally, you will need to consider the order you'll want to unpack everything, especially if your things are coming in more than one shipment. 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 locate and quickly accessible. The kitchen is the next thing people neglect 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 beat 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 ensure that the right boxes are available early and delivered to the appropriate rooms. This way, you will not have to sift through stacks of heavy boxes to find what you are searching for as each room will have precisely what it needs.