What is Minimalism?

Minimalism is all about “living with less” but the true meaning behind minimalism is often overlooked. Living a minimalist life is about achieving freedom. Freedom from stress, fear, guilt, possessions, depression and more! Minimalist mentality does not look down on owning possessions as there is nothing inherently wrong with it, but rather the meaning we place on them. Now that we have a grasp on the benefits and ideas behind a minimalist lifestyle lets dive deeper into achieving a life of freedom.

Steps to Achieve a Minimalist Living

Evaluate & Prioritize

If you’re like most of us you have so much stuff that it makes it hard to find the stuff you’re actually looking for, which defeats the purpose of having a lot of stuff – confusing stuff! The first step in defeating the endless cycle of never being able to locate anything is to evaluate. What do you really need? How often do you use things? Do I like this or the idea of it? Based on your living situation and current “stuff” situation you can begin to discard and donate. Once you account for all of your possessions you can begin to prioritize. If you are currently living in Florida it may be time to donate the closet full of winter coats. You can apply this logic to your current situation and you’ll see some easy ways to prioritize exactly what you need.

 

Minimalist Living

 

Discard & Donate

Decluttering is a truly liberating experience. Once you get over the initial shock of getting rid of excess you’ll feel the stress melt away as you go room by room. To get used to the process start by getting rid of duplicate items, next you’ll want to say adios to the things you use once every so often (the pink Uggs you got in 7th grade is a good place to start).

Family unpacking boxes and moving into a new home

 

Purchase Intelligently

When you are buying new things, you are far better off purchasing high-quality clothing, bedding, furniture, etc. You’ll end up spend a lot less in the long run and be a lot less likely to throw an old pair of jeans in the back of your closet avoiding clutter. When you invest in quality you’ll get a longer life span and automatically have less stuff around. Not only will you look good, but you’ll feel stress-free!

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 Make Use of What You Have

One of the great parts about minimalist living is that you’ll learn to love what you have because you’ll have purged your living space of everything that you didn’t need! This is a consequential benefit of the minimalist mindset.

 

Can’t Say Goodbye?

Do you have belongings that have sentimental value or you just can’t bring yourself to donate or discard? OnDemand Storage provides affordable full-service storage. Meaning we’ll provide pickup, securely and climate-controlled storage, and delivery whenever you need it. Furthermore, we created a virtual storage unit where we’ll upload photos of your items in storage so you’ll never forget and can get them back on-demand! With OnDemand, you can keep your minimalist goals while still hanging onto the things you need in your life.

Enjoy the freedom of the minimalist lifestile!

 

A Guide to Minimalist Living: How to Achieve Living A Simpler Life

What is Minimalism?

Minimalism is all about “living with less” but the true meaning behind minimalism is often overlooked. Living a minimalist life is about achieving freedom. Freedom from stress, fear, guilt, possessions, depression and more! Minimalist mentality does not look down on owning possessions as there is nothing inherently wrong with it, but rather the meaning we place on them. Now that we have a grasp on the benefits and ideas behind a minimalist lifestyle lets dive deeper into achieving a life of freedom.

Steps to Achieve a Minimalist Living

Evaluate & Prioritize

If you’re like most of us you have so much stuff that it makes it hard to find the stuff you’re actually looking for, which defeats the purpose of having a lot of stuff – confusing stuff! The first step in defeating the endless cycle of never being able to locate anything is to evaluate. What do you really need? How often do you use things? Do I like this or the idea of it? Based on your living situation and current “stuff” situation you can begin to discard and donate. Once you account for all of your possessions you can begin to prioritize. If you are currently living in Florida it may be time to donate the closet full of winter coats. You can apply this logic to your current situation and you’ll see some easy ways to prioritize exactly what you need.

 

Minimalist Living

 

Discard & Donate

Decluttering is a truly liberating experience. Once you get over the initial shock of getting rid of excess you’ll feel the stress melt away as you go room by room. To get used to the process start by getting rid of duplicate items, next you’ll want to say adios to the things you use once every so often (the pink Uggs you got in 7th grade is a good place to start).

Family unpacking boxes and moving into a new home

 

Purchase Intelligently

When you are buying new things, you are far better off purchasing high-quality clothing, bedding, furniture, etc. You’ll end up spend a lot less in the long run and be a lot less likely to throw an old pair of jeans in the back of your closet avoiding clutter. When you invest in quality you’ll get a longer life span and automatically have less stuff around. Not only will you look good, but you’ll feel stress-free!

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 Make Use of What You Have

One of the great parts about minimalist living is that you’ll learn to love what you have because you’ll have purged your living space of everything that you didn’t need! This is a consequential benefit of the minimalist mindset.

 

Can’t Say Goodbye?

Do you have belongings that have sentimental value or you just can’t bring yourself to donate or discard? OnDemand Storage provides affordable full-service storage. Meaning we’ll provide pickup, securely and climate-controlled storage, and delivery whenever you need it. Furthermore, we created a virtual storage unit where we’ll upload photos of your items in storage so you’ll never forget and can get them back on-demand! With OnDemand, you can keep your minimalist goals while still hanging onto the things you need in your life.

Enjoy the freedom of the minimalist lifestile!

 

Boston Seaport Self Storage vs. OnDemand Storage

Boston Seaport Self Storage

Traditional self-storage facilities are located all over Boston. Self storage provides you with a space to put your extra belongings when they're taking up too much space in your home. Most residents in Boston's seaport and South Boston would benefit from some extra space in their smaller living spaces. Let's take a look at the overall 

Process

  1. Find Unit 
  2. Guess unit size that works for you
  3. Pack items 
  4. Transport items to storage
  5. Unload truck 
  6. Lug items to unit (potentially 2nd or 3rd floor)
  7. Buy lock/ Remember code
  8. Return truck 
  9. Repeat the process whenever you need something back from storage

Hours

One of the longtime advantages of self-storage in Boston is the ability to access your unit 24/7/365. However at Boston Seaport Self Storage renters have lost this flexibility. The gate closes at 10 pm every night and the office closes at 6 pm. If you're like most people you work until 6 pm or later making it difficult for you to get any assistance on a weekday and lets face it - who wants to go to their storage unit on the weekend? 

Cost

With storage space in Boston at a premium, Boston Seaport Self Storage has the luxury of charging premium prices for their storage units. Based on information collected from their website, the facility charges $86  for a 5 x 5 unit with elevator access. 

Location

Boston Seaport Self Storage has a prime location located at 380 E street in South Boston. However, you'll still have to travel there with a vehicle, a luxury many Bostonians do not have. 

OnDemand Storage

OnDemand Storage provides full service service storage to the entire Greater Boston area. OnDemand provides a new approach to storage that uses custom technology to make storage easy for consumers. Let's take a look at the OnDemand process: 

Process

  1. Schedule pickup online/ speak to a storage expert to get perfect plan
  2. Pickup specialists arrive to pack, photograph, and load items
  3. ODS creates virtual unit 
  4. Request a delivery of any (or all) items at anytime!

Hours

OnDemand provides pickup and deliveries from 8 am - 8 pm seven days a week. Items are returned within 24 hours if necessary and deliveries can be scheduled from your smarphone, computer, or through the ODS call center.

1-855-216-6617

Cost

When renting storage space through OnDemand renters can expect to pay $49/month for a 5 x 5 unit.

Location

While self storage is limited to its geographical location, ODS services the entire eastern part of Massachusetts because clients items are inventoried, categorized, and uploaded to their virtual unit - which can be accessed at any time!

Packing Guide for Your Move

Labeled moving boxes by roomThe time leading up to a move can be stressful, and the thought of packing all of your belongings can be overwhelming. You may not even know where to begin! Follow these packing tips to move efficiently and make sure everything is easy to find when you reach your destination!

Start with what you don’t need

At least six weeks prior to your move date, start gathering materials and packing things you don’t use frequently, such as items currently in storage bins around your home and books. Label these boxes clearly so you know what is inside when you reach your destination. Go around your home and pack nonessential items from each room as you get closer to the moving date.

Color Code by Room

You’ll want to keep your boxes organized to make unpacking less of a production. In addition to keeping itemized lists of what is in each box, label each room’s contents with a different colored marker to make unloading the truck easier. While you’re packing, make sure you lift the boxes to check their weight. Overfilled boxes may buckle and tear, damaging the contents, and can even cause injury if not lifted properly. Your movers may not be able to lift your heavy boxes due to liability issues. Purchasing packing materials may seem unnecessary and like an added expense, but brand-new boxes will have the strength and reinforcement for heavier loads, such as books.

Pack a Box of Essentials 

You’re going to want to keep essentials out until the very last moment. Pack your essentials and several days’ worth of clothing in an easily accessible go-box. In addition to clothes, this box should contain important paperwork, medications, a few books and some nonperishable food items to get you through the first few days of unpacking.

Reserve a Virtual Storage Unit

Are you moving to a smaller space, or have things you don’t need cluttering up the storage you do have? One month before your moving date, contact OnDemand Storage about reserving a unit. We offer storage solutions for students, homeowners, and renters across Massachusetts. Prior to your moving date, our team will come to your home and bring your belongings to our climate-controlled storage facilities. When you’re ready to get them back, you can file a request in our online app and they will be brought back to you the next day. You can even view your items online! OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling 1.855.216.6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

Benefits of Student Storage

Woman packing a box of booksAs the end of the school year approaches, figuring out where to bring your belongings might be one of the last things on your mind. Between finals and papers, you might not think you have time do research shipping costs and storage facilities. Luckily, there is a storage option that requires little effort on the student’s part and leaves belongings conveniently near their school!

Why Should I Store My Belongings Near School?

Do you go to school out of state, or far enough away to require a flight home? Storing your things near school keeps them safe and sound while you’re away for a long break or semester. Instead of giving them away to friends or classmates or selling them online, you can keep them for yourself, saving the hassle of going to the store at the beginning of the year. If your plan is to leave large items with friends, storage saves room in their homes and will not inconvenience their families. Lugging furniture home can turn into quite the chore, and can take up significant space in your family’s residence for the length of time you are home or away. When you are ready to go back to school, you are then faced with the challenge of transporting everything in an efficient, inexpensive way, which can be difficult to come by depending on the time of year or location of your school.
Storing your things near your school can be extremely beneficial. Because your belongings will be close by, getting them to a storage facility and back will be a breeze! OnDemand Storage offers virtual storage and special student rates, allowing you to pay for only the space you need. In a self-storage unit, you will be paying a set rate depending on the size of the unit you will be using, and you will need to pack your unit so there’s room to move around and access boxes. OnDemand offers a tiered pricing structure based on what students may need to store for periods of time, and our virtual storage means you’ll never have to step foot into your unit! OnDemand also hosts ODS Box Days when customers can pick up boxes, tape and other packing materials at appropriate on-campus locations right before the packing rush! If you need help shipping your belongings, we also offer discounted rates for students!

OnDemand Student Storage Solutions Across the United States

OnDemand Storage is proud to work with colleges and universities across the country to provide efficient, inexpensive storage solutions for students. We will pick up your belongings on designated pickup days, and deliver it back to you when you’re ready! To sign up for student storage, contact us today by calling 1.855.216.6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

What Should I Consider When Choosing Storage in Boston?

What should I consider when choosing storage in Boston?

As a major metropolitan area, the options for storage in Boston are many. However, there are a wide range of services, prices, and strategies that companies use that have a huge impact on your experience with storage.

By assessing your storage needs you’ll be able to rule out some options immediately. You should first answer the following questions:

How long do you need storage?

If you need short term storage you will likely go through a lot physical stress using a self-storage facility in Boston. Between renting a truck, loading it up, and then repeating the process, for less than three months of storage it may not be worth saving a few bucks. Even though it will be more expensive to use a traditional moving company, they will provide top notch pickup, crate storage, and then re-delivery when you’re ready. However, for two men and one truck it can be as much as $150/hour and then $75-$100/month for storage. Often times, there are four hour minimums!

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How often do you need access to my stuff in storage?

If you need access to your stored items daily, then your best option is a POD. PODs will deliver a portable storage unit to your home that stays on-site. There are pros and cons to PODs. Pros: having your stored stuff on site allows you to easily access it without an interaction with any other third party. Cons: You will have to keep a large (and unsightly) POD in your front yard. Also, PODs can be quite pricey including $99 pickup/delivery, $200/month, and you have to complete all the labor. Furthermore, if you live in an urban part of the city this may not be an option due to a lack of space to house the POD.

If you never need to access your stored items then we suggest a traditional self-storage unit or a storage company that picks up your belongings at your home.

POD Storage

Do you need help moving your items?

If you need help moving your items to storage then your best option is full service storage. What is full service storage? It’s a new phenomenon sweeping through the self-storage industry that allows consumers to schedule a pickup of items headed to storage. You will also have a virtual storage unit that includes high quality images of your items in storage that can be requested back at anytime you please. “On-demand” storage, as it is referred to, is storage for the 21st century and provides the convenient monthly pricing that is actually cheaper than self-storage on a per square foot basis.

Virtual Storage Unit

Try using OnDemand Storage, it is a Boston-based company that provides convenient pickup, secure storage, and on-demand return. We take pride in taking care of your valuables because that’s what they are to us. OnDemand Storage’s pricing is cheaper than self-storage and only costs $30/hour/pickup specialist with the average being one hour. That’s right, when a moving company in Boston is charging $150/hour, we are charging $30/hour. The average 10’x10’ climate controlled storage unit in Boston costs $186/month, while OnDemand Storage only costs $150/month for the same amount of space. We are committed to helping you save money on storage!

 

Give us a call at 781-499-5330 or email at info@ondemandstorage.com

Short Term Storage Between Leases

The standard lease cycle in Boston extends from September to September because of the large populations of college students in Boston. While this is convenient for the students as it aligns perfectly with their arrival and exit from the city, it causes large traffic jams and congestion for the days around September 1st. However, as more websites and apps dedicated to finding apartments appear this old way of renting is losing steam. Even though it is more convenient to find off cycle leases; it is difficult to have a seamless transition from one place to the other and you may need short term storage when your lease ends. 

What do I with my stuff when my lease ends mid-year? 

College Students 

It is becoming more common for college students to have a lease that ends mid-year. Whether you're studying abroad next semester or sub-letting your current space the chances of a seamless transition are not in your favor. When this happens you are presented with a situation that costs you time and money. OnDemand Storage can minimize this burden for you. We have special one month storage deals for college students where you only get charged one time on a per-item basis. You'll save time because  OnDemand Storage provides box delivery, storage item pickup, and delivery of your stored items when you finally get into that new place.  You'll save money because we don't have any sneaky charges if you're in storage for an extra day or two. 

 

Residential Customers

As previously stated, websites and mobile apps are making finding apartments year round easier.  In turn, this creates more people who need short term storage during the off cycle times when in between leases.  Don't waste a PTO day at work moving your stuff to a storage unit only to get it out a month later. OnDemand Storage will come to your apartment get your stuff, store it, and bring it back when you're ready. OnDemand Storage also has extremely competitive pricing and plans start as low $49/month for short term storage. Don't stress out about your lease ending 

 

Storage for Household Items

Moving to Boston: What to Expect?

Moving to Boston

So you've decided to move to Boston - you're going to love it! You’re probably expecting unpredictable weather and crazy sports fans, and while both are true, we’re here to give you a local’s glimpse of our favorite city neighborhoods!

Where should I live in Boston? 

22-25:

If you are recently out of college and moving to Boston, consider living in Allston or Brighton. These neighborhoods typically have cheaper rent and more advantageous public transportation via the Green Line (big money saver). The average rent in the Allston/Brighton area is $2,400 (2B, 1BA), which is near the bottom of Boston rental costs. There is great value here as many of Boston's best bars and restaurants are close by. We would highly suggest the 22-25 age group looks here first.  

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When you’re ready to graduate from the Allston/Brighton neighborhood, South Boston is the place for you. Ask any local and it seems like "Southie" (as it is called colloquially) has new condos and restaurants popping up every day. Rent will run you about $2,500 - $3,000+ for a two bedroom place, but it’s well worth it as you can stroll down Broadway to shop, eat, and drink at some of the hottest new spots in all of Boston. 

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Our favorite spot in the city is the South End & Back Bay neighborhoods. Beautiful brownstone lined streets nestled between skyscrapers creates a neighborhood feel with the convenience of being near downtown. Rent in these neighborhoods averages around $4,000 for a two bedroom apartment. If you plan to purchase, be ready to write a check as the price per square foot in Back Bay is about $1,100!

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Is the Weather in Boston Really that Bad?

Boston gets unfair criticism when it comes to talking about the weather. Granted, the Winters are tough, you have to be ready for a lot of snow, freezing cold temperatures, and a brutal wind that comes off of the water. Other than that, it's great! Summer averages around 80 degrees making it perfect for stopping by M street beach or a stroll around Castle Island. In the Fall, families travel from all over the world to look at the reds, oranges, and browns that decorate the trees. While the seasonal shifts are drastic, it provides a welcome change every 3-4 months that truly allows you to enjoy the moment in a way that is unmatched by anywhere else. In time, the weather will actually be your favorite part about moving to Boston! 

Are Boston Sports Fans Really Crazy? 

Boston sports fans are crazy, but in the best way possible. There's a reason its called the City of Champions because the fans demand championships, and as of late the franchises have delivered.  When you move to Boston and join the Boston sports fraternity you'll appreciate being a part of Tom Brady's record breaking seasons or a Red Sox October run. Sports are ingrained in Boston culture and it won't take long to assimilate. 

A few ways we can make your move to Boston easier...

Local Moving Company?

OnDemand Storage works a lot with Piece by Piece Movers located in Newton, Massachusetts. They are reliable and owned by a trusted friend of the OnDemand Storage community. If you need a reliable mover to help get you set up in your new home they are the best. 

 

Need a Realtor?

If you're moving to Boston from another city, there is a good chance you need a realtor with local expertise. I highly suggest calling Joseph Zanca or Barrett O'Neill (ODS Founders) who are also local experts when it comes to the real estate market and they will can easily find you what you're looking for!

They can both reached at: 

508-259-9301 or 339-235-0864

Need Storage? A Place to Ship?

At OnDemand Storage we are experts in storage and shipping. We provide pickup, storage, and return of stored items which can be accessed through your virtual storage unit. If you're moving to Boston from another part of the country feel free to ship items to our warehouse where we can store and then deliver them when you arrive. Either way we look forward to helping! We can be reached at info@ondemandstorage.com or 781-499-5330!

What to Consider Before Renting a Storage Unit

Lock on storage unitLiving in a city means that space is likely to be tight, and renting a storage unit could be the most efficient way to save room in your home. Before you begin packing things to put away, there are several factors to consider prior to picking a storage company.

What is your storage budget?

Most storage companies offer monthly plans for non-climate controlled and climate-controlled units and may offer introductory prices, such as a free month or a discounted period when you first begin using their facilities. While the introductory fee may seem like a bargain, make sure when the regular price kicks in it will not exceed your budget for the unit. Paying your storage bill is critical, especially if you are keeping your valuables in your unit. If the company is not paid for an extended period of time, they may have the right to evict your items from the unit and hold a public auction. You should also make sure there is not a mandatory length of time you need to be paying for the unit. If you only need space for a month while you move between places, don’t get stuck in a six-month contract you can’t get out of.

Do your things need to be kept at a certain temperature?

Consider the type of belongings you are looking to store in a unit. Will they be damaged if the space they are in is too hot or cold? If your unit is located outside, it may be exposed to hot summer rays or frigid winds, depending on the season. Before you pick a unit, discuss climate control concerns with each company representative. If you are storing antiques, photos or old records, keeping the items safe may come at additional cost.

Will your belongings be kept safe?

Leaving your items with a storage company requires a level of trust in the company to keep your memories protected from harm or burglary. Safety may change from location to location and range from surveillance cameras in hallways to individual alarms in each unit. An indoor facility may lock the doors overnight and require sign-ins to monitor whoever is in the building.

You should also check your insurance policy to make sure your items are covered by theft and other emergencies, from fires to floods. The facility may have insurance to protect the building, but your belongings may not be covered. If storage is not covered by your current policy, most companies will add coverage for a low monthly fee.

Storage Solutions in Greater Boston

OnDemand Storage provides stress-free storage options throughout the Greater Boston Area for homeowners, renters, and students. We provide pickup and delivery services, so you never have to step foot in the unit, and you will be able to monitor your storage right from your cell phone! OnDemand Storage can be reached at 1.855.216.6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

Last Minute Storage

Last Minute Storage

Are you hosting your family and friends for Thanksgiving? Is your home still a mess? Avoid embarrassment by getting all that extra “stuff” out of your home before guests start arriving. It may seem too late, but OnDemand Storage provides pick up of your extra belongings on demand, meaning we can come now! Don’t stress about people talking behind your back about your home being messy or unorganized.

We make it easy to remove extra clutter that is lying around, we’ll bring some boxes, bins, moving pads, or anything else you need to swiftly prep, remove, and store your belongings.

You deserve to enjoy your Thanksgiving and not worry about the appearance of your home, we understand life happens and getting things to a storage unit is inconvenient and ultimately falls off the list of priorities. Then, out of nowhere, it’s Thanksgiving week! You don’t have time to rent an overpriced Uhaul only to hurt your back lugging items down the stairs to load it up.

How will you dust, vacuum, and polish countertops with a hurt back?

Holiday’s are stressful and since you can’t stop your uncle from talking politics you’ll have to look elsewhere to remove stress.

We are your best chance!

Storage Space in Allston

Storage Space in Allston

Allston has historically been known for it’s large populations of college students attending Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University, or one of the many smaller institutions in the area. But, in recent years due to rising prices in other parts of Boston newly settled immigrants and young professionals are moving to Allston. It has truly become one of the most popular neighborhoods in Boston and provides an unrivaled experience with great places to eat that span cultures. We’d highly recommend taking a stroll down Harvard Ave, Commonwealth, or Brighton avenue and stopping in to a local bar to experience the neighborhood.

However, Allston does have its pitfalls. Many of the homes are a century old and therefore we’re built for a different time. Storage space in Allston is a real issue for the residents there and when you find yourself living with 2-3 other roommates mud rooms can become cluttered and same with closets and cabinet space.

Many Allston residents do not have cars due to easy access to public transportation and less than perfect parking conditions making picking up or delivering their items to a storage unit difficult. OnDemand Storage solves this problem! Can’t get your items to a storage unit? No, problem – do you have a iPhone? Great, you can easily schedule a pick up!

Don’t frustrate yourself or ruin your weekend renting a uhaul to make it possible to visit an inconvenient self storage unit in Allston, our convenient applications make it simple to request one or all of your items back on-demand. We are your unlimited storage closet, take advantage!