Moving Tips

What Do I Need to Bring to My Dorm Room?

As you get ready to move back into school, it is important to make sure you have everything you need to live successfully in your dorm room. From essential toiletries to study aids and organization tools, the list of things to help ease the transition back to school go smoothly.

Clothing

Going to school on the East Coast means that you will see rapidly changing weather between when you move back to campus and Thanksgiving, between the dog days of late summer to heavy fall rains and surprise snowstorms in the early winter. You’ll need to make sure your closet is ready for any storm or heat wave that can come your way with light jackets, jeans, and different types of shirts. Bring a pair of sturdy, weather-resistant boots, as well as regular shoes and dress shoes. You should have at least one professional outfit for presentations and interviews, and one outfit for more formal occasions like dances, dates or Greek Life events.

Dorm Accessories

You’ll need to bring items from home that you use in your day-to-day life, including toiletries, bedding, and cleaning supplies. Make sure you have two sets of sheets and at least two sets of towels. Bring a shower caddy to contain your shower supplies, as well as a pair of knockaround flip-flops or shower shoes. For in-room meals or snacks, bring either a place setting you can wash or paper plates and utensils. Since you will be living there for an extended period of time, you should also bring posters, photos and other decorations to transform your dorm into your own space.

Study Aids & Tools

Even if you suspect that you’ll be using your laptop for most of your classes, you will still need to make sure you have basic school supplies. Pack a few notebooks to cover each class, an assortment of pens, index cards, a stapler, and a ruler. You can never go wrong with an extra pair of scissors or a roll of tape in your dorm room, or highlighters to help you keep key passages fresh in your memory as you study.

Virtual Student Storage in the Greater Boston Area

If you have discovered that you have brought too many things to fit into your dorm room, contact OnDemand Storage about securing a virtual storage unit! We will pick up your things and bring them to our secure facility. You’ll never need to step foot in the unit! If you decide that you want something that you’ve put into storage, just log into your personalized dashboard to schedule a delivery. You’ll be able to see a full inventory of everything you have stored with us.  OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

Preparing for Moving Day in Boston

September 1st is known in Boston as “Moving Day,” with the majority of leases taking effect. Navigating through Moving Day can be a challenge between road changes, student move-ins, and parking permits. If you are getting ready to move, make sure you follow these tips to settle into your new home!

Make Sure You Have Parking Permits

Parking permits are vital throughout moving week. In addition to protecting your vehicle from tickets, the permit allows you to park a moving truck in front of your new home. With everyone else around the city moving on the same day, parking will be nearly impossible to find, and you might wind up paying for additional hours to accommodate for the parking search. The permit will allow you to park for a designated time during the day in order to allow your neighbors time to park.

Check Your Moving Company’s License & Insurance

The majority of last-minute calls to moving companies during the first week of September come from students or families whose moving companies took advantage of them or disappeared at the last minute. Make sure you check your company’s license online before putting down a deposit or signing a contract and have the company provide a written estimate for services. The estimate should cover all aspects of the move, from mileage to loading and unloading the truck to insurance. Making sure your moving company is properly insured will protect you in the event that one of the team members is injured during your move, or if one of your belongings is broken or lost in transit.

Delay Your Moving Date if Possible

Are most of your belongings in storage? If so, try to delay your moving date by a few days. While living with just the bare necessities isn’t ideal, you will be able to save a great deal of time and money by waiting for the initial wave to pass. If your items are in storage, make sure you check with your storage company about when your unit needs to be cleared. If you are working with a virtual storage company like OnDemand Storage, the contents of your storage unit can even be delivered to you.

Virtual Storage in Boston, Cambridge, Allston & Somerville, MA

If you are going abroad this semester or stored your belongings with us this summer, contact OnDemand Storage! When you request a delivery of your items, we can have them back to you in as little as 24 hours. If you are looking to store your belongings near you school while you study in a new location, we will be able to pick up your things and store them in a virtual storage unit until your return. If you are in need of something in the unit, we will be able to ship it directly to you! OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

Mistakes to Avoid When Packing

Summertime is a popular time to move: you may have vacation time coming up and your kids are home from school, allowing for extra hands to help with packing, loading the truck and getting everything into its new place. Before the big day arrives, it’s important to make sure you have everything in place. Stay organized during your move by avoiding these packing mistakes!

Avoid weak packing materials

Cuttings costs wherever possible is always appealing during a major project. However, using free or used can lead to catastrophe in transit, from boxes buckling to ripping and damaging its contents. Use sturdy, new boxes to pack heavier items that will be placed into storage for a time, and wrap any breakable or valuable items with packing paper and bubble wrap before packing them in order to avoid breaks.

Do not overpack

While packing up your boxes, perform periodic lift tests in order to make sure you can lift the boxes. Boxes that are too weighed down will be more prone to breaking, no matter how steady. For heavier boxes, make sure to lift With a partner, or use a dolly in order to avoid injuries from lifting too quickly.

Don’t leave packing until the last minute

The last thing you need is for the movers to come with half of your residence unpacked. Set some time aside each day in the weeks prior to moving day to work on designated rooms in your home. If you decide you need help packing, let your moving company know. The team assigned to help with your move with come equipped with packing materials to help complete the job. Make sure you set aside items you will need for the first few days in a first night box to get you through until you’re done unpacking.

Packing & Moving Services in New England

If you are moving to or from the Boston area and need help, contact OnDemand Storage today! We provide moving, packing and virtual storage services! If you need to leave items in storage for a time, we can hold them in one of our secure storage units and deliver them to you upon request. OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

Pack Your Mirrors Safely

With the end of the semester here, you may be wondering how to pack some of your more breakable belongings for summer storage. If you have a mirror you are planning to keep for next semester, you’ll need to make sure it is packed correctly to avoid cracks and breaking.

Use High-Quality Packing Materials

It is important to use strong, sturdy materials that will not buckle or rip during the moving process while packing up your mirror. OnDemand Storage provides packing materials on ODS Box Days to students signed up for our summer program. While it may be tempting to skimp on paper, tough cardboard paper will go a long way in keeping your mirror safe. Prior to wrapping, create an X on the glass to keep the pieces together in case the mirror is dropped. This will also protect the frame in case something happens. You will also want to place a piece of cardboard between the mirror itself and any protective wrapping to prevent dust and scratches from forming on the glass. For additional protection, place a layer of Styrofoam cut exactly to your mirror on top of the cardboard for padding.

Protect the Corners

While keeping the glass from shattering is important to maintaining the integrity of your mirror, keeping the frame protected goes a long way. The frame is what is keeping the glass together, and adding a buffer will protect it from bumps and sliding. If you have a square or rectangle mirror with corners that meet at 90-degree angles, you should buy corner protectors at your local moving supplies or big box store. Round mirrors can be wrapped in bubble wrap to protect the frame.

Wrap the Mirror Securely

Using old blankets and bubble wrap, wrap the mirror with minimal slack so it doesn’t move around. Top this off with a layer of plastic wrap to reduce the risk of moisture forming within the package. Tape additional cardboard around the wrapped mirror without allowing for room to slide. Label the mirror on each side, with the word “Fragile” clear and legible to prevent the package from being bounced around during the truck loading and unloading.

Convenient Student Storage & Packing Materials

If you need a place to store your belongings this summer, contact OnDemand Storage today. We provide student storage for schools up and down the East Coast, giving you one less thing to worry about at the end of the semester! OnDemand can be reached by calling 1.855.216.6617 or by filling out our signup form online.

Decluttering During Spring Cleaning

woman packing a trunk of clothesSpring is finally here! Now that it’s finally nice enough to open some windows, you may start to feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff in your home. While you go about disinfecting surfaces and dusting corners, this is the perfect opportunity to de-clutter your living area so you have more space!

Begin with a strategy

Contrary to popular belief, decluttering doesn’t need to be done in just one day. In order to chip away at your piles and see gradual results, throw away or donate one thing each day for 30 days. This will remove the stress of the situation while slowly and surely showing results. If you want to see a difference sooner, do this with the number of items in the number of the day- one on the first day, three on the third day. By the end of the month, your home will be unrecognizable!

Go through your closet

You probably have clothes you haven’t worn in some time. If you haven’t worn something in the last year, put it in a pile for donation. If you have a lot of clothes hanging in your closet, flip each hanger so they are facing the same direction. When you where the article of clothing, flip the hanger. At the end of the month, donate whatever has not been flipped. If the clothes you are not wearing are out of season, pack them up for storage to conserve space.

Remove duplicate items from your home

At some point, you may have gone to the store and bought something you already had but forgotten about. Whether it’s a set of pots and pans or a few extra blankets stacked up on the couch, these items will take up valuable room in your home. It’s always good to have a backup just in case, so pack up any new or gently used duplicates and put them into storage. Duplicates that are overworn and at the end of their lifespan should be properly disposed of.

Residential & Student Storage in Boston

If you are trying to make room in your home and don’t have time to do a ton of research on self-storage facilities, contact OnDemand Storage today! We offer virtual storage with pickup and delivery, so you won’t ever have to go to your unit! You will be able to view every item you have stored with us online and request delivery whenever you want. Your belongings will be back in your possession within 24 hours! For more information on our virtual storage units, OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

Planning Timeline for Your Summer Move Out

people packing up a boxSpring break is finally here, and before you know it, it’ll be time to leave school for the summer! Whether you are going to work a summer job in your hometown or interning somewhere new, you’ll need to make sure you have your dorm or apartment ready for move-out day. Follow this timeline to make sure you get everything done on time!

Two Months Out

If you live in an apartment and have not done so already, make sure you give your landlord at least two months’ notice that you will be leaving, whether just for the summer or ending your lease entirely. Beginning packing up things you don’t use as often: seasonal clothing, cookware you don’t anticipate using. Start making piles for what you are planning on donating or getting rid of at the end of the year. Make sure you have secured a place to live come September.

Six Weeks Out

You might not want to bring all of your belongings with you this summer. Six weeks before your expected move date, make arrangements to have your things stored. Come up with a budget and an estimated list of what you are storing, from your bike to bins of books and clothing. If you don’t want to spend money on lost space you don’t need, contact OnDemand Storage. Our virtual storage units ensure that you only pay for the space that you need without leaving room to move around, and our tiered pricing structure is perfect for students!

Four Weeks Out

One month before you move out, start packing up your things. Start with what you know you will not be using before you move out. As it gets closer to your moving date, pack more and more. If you need packing materials, check out your schedule for your school’s ODS Box Day! On Box Days, the team at OnDemand will come to your school and distribute free boxes, tape, labels and markers to students signed up for storage units. New signups will also be welcomed that day.

Two Weeks Out

Check your calendar for pickup day! This will occur just before the end of the year before finals begin. Make sure your packing is done so you can have your things picked up and delivered to your storage unit without worrying on top of exams, papers, and final projects!

Student Storage Across the East Coast

If you are looking to make the end of the semester a little easier, contact OnDemand Storage today! We will pick up your belongs at the end of the school year and deliver them back to your new residence next fall! For more information on student storage, contact OnDemand by calling (855) 216-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.