As you are putting your household items into a storage unit, you should be thinking about what's going to happen if you need to retrieve something from the unit as well as how easy it's going to be to unload the unit later on. Here are some tips to follow when you are packing up your storage unit:
Start with the tallest and largest items.
Your tallest and largest items, such as your refrigerator, mattresses and dressers should be the first things to go in the storage unit. You should use them to line the very back walls of the storage. So you don't waste any space, you can then put very lightweight items on top of them that would otherwise be hard to find space for, such as lampshades, bags of stuffed animals and bedding and pet carriers or birdcages.
Create a three-sided square shape with the boxes.
Once your appliances and furniture has been moved into the unit, you can move on to your boxes. Create three-fourths of a square with the boxes, lining the left, back and right side of the unit with boxes that go as high as you can safely stack them without worrying about the bottom boxes having too much weight on them. The heaviest boxes should go on the bottom and the lightest on the top.
Create rows that are about two feet in width.
Place the rest of the boxes going from the front of the unit, straight back to the end, leaving at least two feet between each line of boxes. The reason for this is to give you walking space, so you can get to any box you need without pulling out many boxes to get at one. Plus, you will be able to find the box you want while stacking without rows makes it nearly impossible to find anything.
If you have certain boxes that are hard to label, you can take photos of the contents and tape them to the sides of the boxes. This way, you can simply look at the photos to see what's in them so you don't have to open them all to find a single item.
Taking extra time to put your things in storage in a methodical manner will pay out in the end, as you'll able to find what you are looking for without a lot of hassle. As you're looking for a storage unit, consider contacting local facilities, such as North Star Mini Storage, to inquire about their units before making a final decision.