With fall fast approaching and Halloween movies and events in our midst, it’s time to start thinking about how we can store and organize our Halloween decorations after all the fun is done. Halloween is a time for kids and families to get creative, dress up, and eat candy for too many days. The last thing you want to be thinking about after Halloween is how you’re going to clean up all the decorations.
Having a plan in place can make everything go much smoother, and get you and your family ready and prepared for next year without too much guesswork. Read on to find out some expert tips and tricks for storing your seasonal Halloween goodies and decorations so you don’t have to scramble when it comes time to decorate again.
The easiest way to find what went where in your storage location is to make labels for every box that you have. Make sure the labels are legible, big enough to see from a distance, and in a visible spot on the box itself. You can get as creative as you want, depending on your aesthetic and the look you’re going for.
Many people prefer handwritten labels, whereas some like the look of a typed or professional font. Whatever your preferences, make your labels ahead of time so that they’re ready once everything gets boxed up.
Separate by Occasion
While separating by room is also a good plan, separating your seasonal décor by occasion is a great idea to ensure that nothing is unaccounted for. It’s also much easier to have everything you need for the occasion confined to a few boxes rather than having to search through multiple boxes to piece together everything you need. For example, make separate boxes and designate specific areas for Christmas décor, Halloween décor, birthday décor, etc.
Donate Unwanted Items
While it may be tempting to pack up every single thing thinking you’ll use it again next year, you have to be realistic when it comes to storage. Donate, sell, or discard the items that you realistically won’t use again or that aren’t even cost effective to reuse. Keep in mind that you should leave some space in storage for décor items that you find off-season during sales and promotions and want to put away until the occasion arises.
Use Plastic Bins
Much more effective and sturdier than your typical cardboard boxes are plastic bins. These are easily stackable and can be reused many times. They also offer more protection from the elements than your average boxes. While it may be an investment at first, good quality plastic bins will be worth your money in the long run.
Protect Fragile Items
Get your bubble wrap and tissue paper ready for all those fragile and delicate items going into storage. Take additional measures by lining your storage boxes with bubble wrap as well. Don’t overpack your bins and boxes with items so that they don’t crash into one another or move around too much. You may even consider using felt dividers in your storage bins to keep items separated.
Spreadsheets and content lists are always a great idea to stay organized and keep track of what you have in your storage container, garage, or closet. If possible, attach a list of the items onto each box or bin so everything is easy to find. Or, you may find it better to do one main inventory list with everything on it and keep it accessible to you at all times.
Storage doesn’t have to be boring! Get creative with everything from your labels to your storage boxes. Try colour coordinating your storage bins based on the season or festivity. For example, Christmas décor can go in red boxes, while Halloween décor can go in orange boxes. This makes your stuff easily identifiable and fun as well!
Whenever you are storing items for an extended period of time, consider climate-controlled storage. This way, the temperature is set and does not fluctuate. Your items stay in pristine condition until you are ready to use them again. Climate-controlled storage is the best option for your seasonal décor, as it keeps your home decluttered, all the while keeping your items just as protected as they would be at home.
Halloween festivities are supposed to be fun and not tiresome. Make sure you’re utilizing your time and energy well by creating effective and practical storage solutions for your seasonal décor. Self-storage is a great way of keeping seasonal décor offsite and your home looking neat and tidy. Keep in mind that there is always professional help available should you need more guidance on potential storage solutions.
For more information on storing seasonal décor and our self-storage company in Toronto, please call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here. We can help you prepare and get organized for your next big event. Contact us today for more information on our services.