Packing tips

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.