Packing tips

Packing Tips for Moving to an Apartment from a House

Downsizing can be quite the undertaking as you sort through items to take with you and part with on your new adventure. Making sure you have a plan in place for sorting through your belongings and ultimately deciding what comes with you to your new place will take some time. Follow these tips to successfully move into your new apartment and make a smaller space feel like home.

Get started early

Don’t put off the planning stage. Once you have decided to downsize, start making lists and noting what furniture you will bring with you, what will be sold and what will go into storage. If you have an idea of the square footage or layout of your new residence, you can sketch out an idea of where you want to place your furniture and measure out pieces to make sure there is enough room.

Decide what fits your aesthetic and needs

When moving from a house to an apartment, you probably have furniture accumulated over a few moves and style changes. Some furniture may not match in terms of color, fabric or even size. Since not every piece of furniture will be able to fit in your new home, take the time to figure out what will fit best in your apartment both in size and style. Do you have pieces that can serve multiple functions in your new home? Since space is going to be even more valuable, you’ll be able to use certain things to replace missing furniture and storage space, such as using a corner shelf as a desk or rolling shelves under the bed to hold books or clothing. Ottomans and trunks can be used for multipurpose storage around your new home.

Declutter

With less space comes less room for clutter. If you don’t have room for a full media stand, find a TV that can mount to the wall and used zip ties to keep the wires together. Use any available space for concealed storage, from adding shelves to tall tables and concealing boxes under a space covered with an older tablecloth.

Decide What to Put in Storage

After deciding what you’re going to keep in your new home, you’ll need to pick out what you want to keep for future use and what you are willing to part with. In the Boston area, there’s nothing more convenient than OnDemand’s virtual storage option! All you need to do is decide what to put into storage and we’ll pick it up for you! We offer a tiered pricing structure so you only pay for the storage you need. With our delivery service, you’ll never have to step foot into the unit, cutting down on the time you might spend lugging things back and forth. For a free estimate, contact OnDemand Storage today 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.

Packing Your Room at Boarding School

Summer is nearly here, with high school graduation season upon us. If you are getting ready to move back home after your semester is over, follow these tips to pack your boarding school dorm room efficiently!

Start Early & Pack in Stages

You don’t want to leave all of your packing until the last minute. In the time before finals begin, take an hour or so per day to go through your belongings and sort out what you may or may not need next year. This reduces the amount of time it will take in the final stretch when you’ll need to spend more time concentrating on exams and papers.

Unplug Your Refrigerator in Advance

Your fridge is constantly running, and once you unplug it, the ice and condensation built up inside will begin to melt and could leak. Giving it time to settle to room temperature before moving it to your storage facility saves a lot of mess. Make sure the area is surrounded by towels to soak up the excess water.

 Organize & Roll Your Clothes

Keep your clothing together and sorted by season in order to find what you’re looking for next fall. If you feel like you are running low on room, roll your shirts and pants. This takes up less room than folding your clothes flat, and you can layer in your socks in any nooks and empty spaces.

Pack Books in Suitcases

Your books are heavier than your clothes, and packing them in the incorrect type of box can lead to moving disaster. Your boxes can buckle in transit, and you could lose them if they are not labeled properly. Moving any books you are looking to keep in wheeled suitcases allows easier moving and reduces the risk of overpacking.

Utilize Your Plastic Bins

If you are planning to keep a lot of your belongings near school, use your plastic bins! These are perfect for holding your clothes and any odds and ends you may have accumulated throughout the year.

Storage for Boarding School Students in Boston

If you need a place to store your things over the summer before next semester starts, contact OnDemand Storage! We provide virtual storage for boarding school students across New England, providing pickup and delivery service so you don’t need to worry about how to get your things to and from a unit. OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

Packing Tips for Your Semester Abroad

As you prepare for your semester abroad, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the prospect of packing everything you need for your time away. Since you’ll be a flight away, it’s important to avoid overpacking. Follow these tips to pack exactly what you’ll need next semester without extra luggage fees!

Check the Local Weather

Checking the local weather is the easiest thing you can do to determine the type of clothing you will need. If you are going to a location known to be cold or mild for most of the year, packing mostly warm weather clothes will be a waste of space. If you are going somewhere warmer, you might not want to wear heavy jeans and hoodies every day. While you pack for your time away, pack a few outfits for warmer days and pack the rest of your clothes for the average weather for the duration of your stay. Make sure you have at least one outfit suitable for formal occasions that may arise during the semester, such as dances or presentations.

Pack Sturdy Walking Shoes

Between exploring your host city and traveling to nearby cities and countries, you will be doing a lot of walking during your semester away. That’s why it is important to make sure you have a pair of solid walking shoes that provide good support for extended periods of time. Depending on where you are traveling, the roads and sidewalks may have a lot of uneven surfaces, making flats impractical for your adventures.

 Utilize All Available Space

While abroad, you are probably limited to two suitcases and a carry-on bag. Since space is limited and you need to stay within the weight restrictions of air travel, it’s important to maximize the space used in your suitcase. Rolling shirts, pants, and casual dresses saves room in your bag, allowing you to fit more. You can make sure you stay within the weight limit by periodically checking your bag with a portable luggage scale. The scale straps to your bag’s handle and weighs the bag as it is lifted. This allows to you gauge the amount of space you have while avoiding additional costs. Packing additional socks and underwear never hurts, and they are small enough to fit into empty spaces between piles. In the off-chance your bag is lost in transit, make sure an extra pair of socks and underwear are in your carry-on.

Affordable Study-Abroad Semester Storage Near Your School

If you are traveling abroad for a semester and aren’t sure what to do with your belongings, store them near your school with OnDemand Storage! We provide affordable, virtual student storage across the country with easy pickup and delivery service, so you don’t need to worry about lugging your couch or bins to the unit! 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.

The Importance of Using Good Packing Materials

man taping a box to moveGetting ready to move out at the end of the semester is a process, to say the least. Between organizing items to take with you or put into storage, you may be looking for ways to make the process easier. Making sure you are using sturdy and protective packing materials will go a long way in making sure your belongings are kept safe.

Use the right moving boxes

Local supermarkets and big box stores may sell or even give away used boxes for people looking for packing materials. These boxes can cause problems during your move. Produce boxes are designed to handle less weight than regular moving boxes and are prone to tearing along the edges and buckling during the moving process. Using a variety of different-sized boxes can also make it difficult to stack without boxes hanging over edges or weaker boxes collapsing under the weight. If you moved into school with large plastic bins, making sure they are packed evenly and not overweighed is vital to keeping the bin stable. Moving and storage companies often sell specialty boxes designed for moving and heavy items for less than $2 per box.

Label each box clearly

You might not need to unpack each box immediately after moving into your new dorm or apartment. Make sure each box is labeled with its designated room on at least three sides with brief descriptions of the contents, such as “KITCHEN- pots, pans, and silverware” or “BEDROOM- books.” This will make unloading your items and unpacking each box more efficient because there’s less of a chance you will forget where a specific thing is packed.

Filling the empty spaces

It’s highly unlikely that your things will perfectly stack up and fill the entirety of a box. To keep delicate items safe, it’s important to make sure the gaps are filled with paper. It provides a layer of protection from scratching and keeps each item firmly in place during transport.  Adding paper to your box will also make sure you do not overpack, keeping each at a reasonable weight.

Packing Materials for Students at ODS Box Days

If you are still figuring out what to do with your belongings this summer, contact OnDemand Storage today! We are still accepting signups from schools across the East Coast and provide packing materials to students signed up on ODS Box Days, conveniently timed before finals begin. To sign up, OnDemand can be reached by calling 1.855.216.6617 or by filling out our signup form.

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.

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.