Dorm Room Checklist

Dorm Room Checklist

Going to college is an exciting and stressful time for students and their families. In most cases it’s the first time a child is going to be away from his or her parents for an extended period of time. Even more stressful for parents it’s the first time you will not have a daily influence on your child’s actions and decisions. If you’re looking to calm your nerves about sending your kid(s) to college then use this move-in checklist as a way to make sure they have everything they need!

Depending on where/how far your kids’ college is it could make sense to purchase some items close to the school (save on shipping costs) or pack seasonally to make travel easier. Also, if you want to ship items to meet you at your residence hall door contact OnDemand Storage. They’ll provide pickup at your home and then affordable and reliable shipping to your son or daughter’s college no matter where it is.

Dorm Room Necessities:

Dorm Room Storage Ideas:

  • Storage Bins
  • Plastic Drawers
  • Bed Risers (creates space under bed)
  • Hamper (dirty clothes)
  • Jewelry Case
  • Shower Caddy
  • Coat Rack
  • Extra Pole for Closet (create a second level for hangers)
  • Backpack


  • Pillows (and cases)
  • 2 Comforters
  • 2 Sets of linens
  • 5 Towels
  • Mattress Pad (you’ll definitely want this!)

Household Items

  • Trash Bags
  • Sandwich Bags
  • Storage bags
  • Soap
  • Bowls/Plates/Cups (plastic)
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues
  • Water Bottles
  • Plastic Silverware
  • Food Storage (plastic container)

Desk Items

  • Stapler
  • Stick Notes/ Post Cards
  • Highlighters
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Folders
  • Binders (three ring)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Flash Drive
  • Stamps
  • Envelopes
  • Bookcase/Hutch
  • Printer





  • Aspirin
  • Vitamins
  • Toothbrush/Paste
  • Flossers
  • Tweezers
  • Nail Clippers
  • Hair Dryer
  • Straightener
  • Soap/Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Comb
  • Shaving Kit

In reality this list could on forever and many campuses have easy access to stores like CVS and Walgreen's making it easy to get most of the everyday items so don’t stress too much. Many items are often overlooked as they are taken for granted as things we just have around the house. Additionally, there are some other categories to consider like items you may share with roommates. Furthermore, always check with your individual college or university as some items are restricted at different schools (hot plates, coffee pots, etc.).

One other thing to think about, especially if you go to school further than an hour or two from school is where you are going put everything at the end of the year. One great solution is OnDemand Storage, who provides student storage shipping services nationwide. OnDemand provides free packing boxes, which are distributed at an “ODS Box Day”, typically a week before finals begin. On your scheduled pickup day ODS crew members come to your residence hall or off campus apartment and retrieve items you want to put into summer storage. When the new semester begins ODS will deliver your items to your new location!

Find your school to see the college student summer storage prices at your college!



5 Reasons to Downsize Now

Everyone dreams of living in a giant 6,00 sf house with a sprawling foyer, pool house, and huge backyard, but it may not be worth the hassle. Many families are choosing to downsize to increase their quality of life and lower their expenses. Read our 5 reasons why it may be worth it considering downsizing more than just your home.



When you choose to downsize you have more time to focus on what matters to you. To some it may be their children, to others their friends or pets. Whatever you care about, life is short and you should be able to spend time on it. When we have too much space to take care of we easily get side tracked and lose focus.

Decrease Stress

Downsizing means cutting more than square footage. Try to find areas of your life that aren’t necessary. If you volunteer in 3-4 groups, pick your two favorites. The benefits of cutting stress are endless. This will trickle into other areas of your life making it easier to be healthy and happy.


You’re already cutting stress, so with more time and less space to care for you can focus on eating healthy and exercising. Both of these dramatically improve your quality of life and are two of the largest benefits of downsizing everything in your life.


Downsizing your costs is important when cutting stress and being happier. Downsizing your home and getting a smaller (or no) mortgage is a great start. Likely, that’s your largest expense so making it smaller will make you feel like the weight of the world is lifted off of your shoulders. Also, cutting obligations inevitably reduces cost because most likely groups or activities you’re involved in have a cost associated with them.


Paying off debt and lowering expenses is a great way to achieve freedom. When you don’t owe banks money or people your time you have time and money to do what you want to do. Downsizing in all areas of your life is the best way to create a stress-free life that you’ll enjoy – which is the whole point!

If you decide to downsize your home and need extra space to keep some of the extra things you have, learn about OnDemand Storage. OnDemand provides a 21st century take on self-storage giving you the ability to get the benefits of a self-storage facility without any of the hassle. ODS will pick up belongings at your home, store them, and then deliver them on-demand when you request them from your cloud-based storage unit. ODS uploads photographs of items so you can easily see, manage, and request items in storage at any time!

Home Staging: The Why

Home Staging: The Why

The real estate market is competitive for both buyers and sellers. In many markets there are only a limited number of buyers for the qualities your home has, so you have to be able to separate your property from the rest. There is a way to do this – home staging. Home staging has become increasingly popular in recent years. For those who aren’t familiar, essentially, a staging professional orders all your old, dingy, and out-of-style furniture out and brings in stylish furniture, accents, etc. that compliment your home.  

More Money

According to a survey by Coldwell banker, a leading real residential real estate seller, disclosed that staged homes sell for an average of 6% higher. For your reference on a $500,000 home that’s an extra $30,000 in your pocket—I’ll take that!

Sell Faster

Selling a home is typically a bittersweet and horribly stressful process so there is no need to extend it longer. The National Association of Realtors discovered the longer a home is on the market the more the price declines. Also, Coldwell Banker estimated a 50% faster sale when a home is staged by a staging professional.

Better Pictures

We live in the age of the internet - 90% of buyers research a home online first. Obviously, a stylish décor will help your home stand out from the rest.

Be Proactive

According to the NAR, homes that went on the market staged spent and average of 42 days on the market. Homes that decided to stage once on the market took and average of 196 days. The average ROI on a home staging is between 8-10% - a good investment!


In real estate markets, like Boston, Brookline, Braintree, Wellesley, Hingham, and many more in Massachusetts to get top dollar and sell in a timely fashion your best chance is hire a professional stager who get the most out of your before it hits the market.

If you’re considering selling your home in the Greater Boston Area be sure to check out Laura Graziano Staging & Interiors. Laura is a 5-star professional who does high quality staging and consistently helps homes sell for above asking price.

If you’re using a home staging professional in Boston and need temporary storage call OnDemand Storage. We provide pickup, secure storage, and return all while allowing you to control your storage unit from your phone. When you get your new home, we’ll deliver your stuff there!

How to Buy a Foreclosed Home

Many OnDemand Storage clients are apartment dwellers looking to purchase a piece of real estate in the not-so-distant-future. The vast majority of people purchase a home from a seller who is currently living at the property. However, buying a foreclosed home is a different method, that if done properly, can help you end up with a steal.

Buying a foreclosed home is different than a typical real estate transaction involving two individual sellers, rather the owner of the property is the lender (a bank) who has seized the property. This creates different levels of checks and balances when it comes to negotiating, approving the sale, etc.

How to Buy A Foreclosed home

There are typically two ways one can purchase a foreclosed property either through a real estate agent or through a public auction.


A bank will often set the price of the home low so it can move quickly because in an ideal world the bank does not have to hold onto the property long. Obviously, this creates an opportunity to have instant equity in the property. The downside is that the bank has not been taking care of the property on a regular basis so the condition can be unknown. Sometimes in an auction sale an inspection and walk through are not allowed but they are mandatory in a regular transaction. If you have an appetite for risk and want a chance to make instant money this is definitely a route to explore.

Work with an Expert

To increase your chance of success you should work with a real estate agent that specializes in foreclosures. There is additional paperwork and information you’ll need as a buyer that working with a traditional real estate agent with no foreclosure experience could leave you exposed.

Financing Options

After the home is inspected (if allowed) you can talk with experts to determine the cost of necessary repairs. If you decide to proceed you should look into securing a FHA 203(k) loan covering the purchase price of the home plus renovations.

If you find a foreclosed home and decide to make renovations call OnDemand Storage to store your household goods long or short term. ODS provides convenient pickup, storage, and creates you a virtual unit allowing you to request anything back at anytime via delivery!


Breaking Apartment Lease Early

Renting a new apartment is an exciting time, it is a new chapter that includes new daily routines, new neighborhoods, restaurants, etc. However, life moves quickly and apartment leases do not. Most likely you’re going to be committed to signing a one-year lease. As we know, opportunities at work and in your private life come quickly and often don’t stay present for a whole year. If you find yourself in a position where an external factor is forcing (or inviting) you to a new living situation – here’s what you need to know about breaking your apartment lease agreement.

First, lets outline the potential consequences that can have short-term and long-term effects on you and your financial well-being.

Civil Suit

Technically speaking, you did sign a legally binding contractual agreement. Skipping rent payments is not a great strategy because eventually you will be forced to answer the bell on those missed payments. In all likelihood any judge will rule that you owe missed payments.

Credit Judgement

Your credit score is your life line. It’s the metric that gives you access to money, low interest rates, and anytime you’re making an obligation to pay someone back in the future, a judgment will negatively impact you. This derogatory mark will stay on your credit report for seven years so a short-sighted decision now can really impact you long-term. Check out Credit Karma to learn more!

Renting Again

The aforementioned credit report may come back to haunt you when you go to sign a new lease. Landlords have the right to ask for your credit report to make sure they are renting to a trustworthy lessee. This will also impact you if you decide to try and purchase a property or receive any other sort of financing.

Ok, enough will all the negativity. Like anything else, there are ways to get out of a lease unscathed.

Be Honest

Landlords are people too. They understand life happens and that a renter may have to break their apartment lease early. Let them know, offer to help find them a new roommate. There is a plethora of applications that make finding off season renters significantly easier than in years past. Having a conversation open and honestly is your best bet to get out of your lease early without penalty.

Early Termination Clause

This very issue is commonly addressed in leases. Make sure to read your lease thoroughly before you sign it initially. If you do not see a clause to break the apartment lease early then you may suggest amendments to the contract to include this language. The most common scenario is a one-month penalty. All things considered, to pay one month and be out unscathed is good!

 Contract Breach

If you got unlucky and have the worst landlord ever, a great option to look for a breach of contract. Landlords, while in a position of power, have very strict guidelines for keeping their properties safe for their renters. Maybe there is a broken door, the heater is broken, or the outside lights don’t work at night – something along these lines may help you get out for free.

Security Deposit

When breaking the news to your landlord suggest that you are not interested in recouping your security deposit. This may open negotiations on a good note and allow the landlord to let you off penalty free.


In short, if you signed a legally binding agreement you have no real power in the situation. Realize the likelihood of you breaking the apartment lease early and not paying any sort of financial restitution is very low. However, it is a far better option than getting sued or a derogatory mark on y

Moving Checklist

Moving Checklist

Planning a move is a lot of work and there will definitely be a lot of stress involved. Like anything else, if you plan ahead and take bite-sized chunks you can make it through in one piece. We have put together the ultimate moving checklist to reduce stress and increase the likelihood you have a great moving experience.

You definitely can’t do it all by yourself; but you can prepare to reduce cost and stress, making moving day a success - here’s how:

5 Weeks Before Moving Day

Organize & Junk


You’ll want to leave plenty of time for organizing because chances are you may not realize how many things you have accumulated over the years. A great resource for organizing is NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers. Their blog has great tips and resources, it may even be worth hiring a professional organizer based on your situation. This is a great time to think about special packing or additional insurance on specific items.


Pretty simple. All that clutter you’ve been keeping around for no reason, science says its stressing you out. Leave it in the past and use a junk removal service to clear it out. This will feel liberating – we promise!


Moving companies get very busy during the spring and summer so you may have to provide them with more than one-month notice. Check online reviews through Google, Yelp, and other review sites as there are many different moving companies. Lastly, check to see if they have a US-DOT number, meaning they’re registered with the state. This is especially important for interstate moving.


Create a Moving Checklist Binder

Putting all relevant information relating to your move in a three-ring binder will help keep you organized and on track. Keep quotes and estimates from your moving company as well important information regarding “to do lists” as well as one off tasks that could slip your mind. For example, you can go to your kids’ school and change their address. A small detail that may get forgotten if you do not have a central place you can go for all things move related.


 4 Weeks Before Moving Day

Get Moving Supplies

Order boxes, tape, bubble wrap, moving blankets (pads) about four weeks before moving day. This will allow you to begin the actual packing process. Make sure you check with your moving company sometimes they will provide free or discounted materials and include delivery. If you need professional packing service check with your moving company to schedule a date for packing help.


Any perishable food items you have will be better off if eaten before the move. In theory, it sounds great to bring them all a long but the reality is they may spoil or become a burden. Unpacking is a long a tedious process and its easy to overlook a box with food in it. You’ll probably want to check out the new grocery store anyway.


2 Weeks Before Moving Day


Make sure you measure all larger items to make sure they can fit through the doorways. Otherwise you may need to let your moving company know you require disassembly. This can end up costing you big time because moving companies work hourly and some furniture has a lot of moving parts!


Label Everything

The biggest mistake people make when moving to a new home is not labeling everything properly. Label every box, bag, furniture item, etc. If the movers know where to bring the items when they arrive your time spent unpacking will be extremely efficient. Write directly on boxes, apply tags for different luggage or bags, and mark furniture with sticky notes.



Chances are you have some items that you hold very dear to your heart. Whether it be jewelry, cash, art, etc. we recommend packing it separately and moving it yourself if possible. This is to take extra precaution on something that cannot be replaced. If you have a pool table or piano you may also want to let your moving company know ahead of time as these require special arrangements.


Arrange Personal Time Off

Make sure to schedule the day of your move (maybe even a few more) off from work. It would be near impossible to quarterback a move from work.

Car/Bank/Dry Cleaning

If you’re doing an interstate move there’s a good chance you’ll need to get your car tuned up before a long drive or new climate. Next, clear out your safe deposit box from your local bank. Lastly, if you use a local dry-cleaning service you won’t want to leave your best suits or blouses there! Its better to take care of these often-overlooked tasks ahead of time.


Two Days Before Move

 Unplug Appliances

If you’re bringing your refrigerator with you be sure to unplug it 48 hours before the move otherwise water can potentially leak onto other stuff being moved.


Confirm Move Details

Give your moving company a call and confirm move details.


Be prepared for the bill you’re going to get after the move. Large interstate moves are easily the $1000s of dollars and if the company does a great job a 10-15% tip is adequate. However, on a $10,000 move that tip can be over $1000. Its best to make sure you’ve budgeted and are prepared ahead of time. Moving companies should be experts at giving you an accurate quote.

Moving Day


Its going to be a long day. However, if you’ve done everything on this moving checklist then it is going to go smoothly and there should not be anything unexpected. Soon enough you’ll be in your new house and unpacking will commence. Good luck!

How to Prepare for a Move

How to Prepare for A Move?

With spring on the horizon, we can expect home sales to skyrocket! Selling a home is an exciting, stressful, and scary time in life. There are countless details that get overlooked because we’re forced to prioritize financing, lawyers, and getting the deal closed. Despite the importance of all the mentioned above, once you close you’ll likely have to be out of your current home immediately (maybe even before).  As you go room to room you’ll notice just how much “stuff” you’ve accumulated. Are you stressed about how to pack for your move? This guide can help you through the process, although you’ll still have to pack yourself!

Preparing for an upcoming move

Junk Removal

Liberating for some but stressful for others; you should get rid of everything that you do not use on a regular basis or need. The more you have, the more difficult moving will be. If you have duplicates, old things, ugly things, weird things – trash it. Check out this blog on minimalist living for a few tips about getting rid of clutter. If you need junk removal in the Greater Boston Area try giving OnDemand Storage a call they can provide full service storage as well as junk removal and other helpful services.

Junk removal before moving


If you put usable or high-quality items into the “junking” category give donating a try. There are always people in need and sometimes items that you no longer need can be treasure to someone else. Learning how to pack for a move can have positive outcomes, too! Here are some of the more popular place to donate gently used clothing:

Donate clothing through on demand storage


With so many apps that make selling stuff quick and easy, if you have things of monetary value then try selling them. Whether you use Let Go, Facebook, Ebay, Poshmark or a local consignment shop. Often times lightly worn designer clothing and handbags can fetch some serious money!

Local consignment shop

Pick the Best Day

Scheduling your move at least 30 days in advance is best to ensure you give yourself time to be prepared for your moving day. The more packed and prepared you can be the more money you’ll save. Moving companies charge hourly so the more packing the higher the bill is going to be. Another great way to save is to move before the spring (or summer) moving rush. Furthermore, weekdays typically have lower moving costs.

Moving in Boston

Make a Moving Plan

Get a calendar and mark moving tasks every few days for the 30 days leading up the move. This will help make moving manageable. Slow and steady wins the race, an old saying, but it definitely applies here!

Schedule your move

Label, Label, Label

The biggest mistake you can make is to not label furniture and/or boxes properly. If every box is labeled perfectly the movers will know exactly where it should be put. Even better, you won’t have to spend 5 hours re-moving all of your stuff. Labeling is tedious, but well worth it!

Label items for easy moving

OnDemand Storage

Moving is a stressful but exciting time! A new adventure surely means you’ll be getting new things and are ready to create new memories. However, saying goodbye to old belongings is never easy- or necessary. OnDemand’s full service storage makes keeping old things more convenient and cheaper than ever. Our storage plans start at $10/month and include pickup, storage, delivery, as well as virtual storage unit to request items back on-demand!

OnDemand Storage Boston

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!

Boston storage units

 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 


  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


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? 


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. 


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: 


  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!


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.



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


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!

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!

Lock on storage unit

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