Halloween is the most fun holiday. Kids get candy, distant family stays distant, and you have a valid excuse to watch Hocus Pocus (again). But once it’s time to put your skeletons back in the closet, as well as five more boxes of decorations that you didn’t have at the beginning of the month, things start getting truly spooky.
Sure, you throw some more bags in the garage or the attic, but that might come back to haunt you next year— especially if you want to keep your items organized and in good condition.
Here are some tips on how to store Halloween décor and costumes, so they can be just as frightening in the years to come.
How to Store Halloween Decorations
After following our tips on throwing the spookiest party on the block, it’s tempting to just throw everything into bags or boxes, but the first rule of storage organization is that you only store what you really want to keep.
The first step is getting rid of things that are broken, no longer fit you, or that you simply don’t like or use anymore.
The next step to store Halloween decorations is to take the time to separate items into groups. Store all outdoor lights, for example, in one clearly marked Halloween storage box or storage bin. Tabletop decorations can go in another. You get the idea … just make sure that everything is clean when put away—and that all your storage boxes are clearly labeled so you can easily find your decorative storage next year.
How to Store Halloween Costumes
A Halloween costume certainly isn’t as important as a wedding dress. With that said, if you like a costume enough to keep it, then you probably want it to last—and remain in good condition.
In order to accomplish that, you need to make sure you know how to store that Halloween costume properly when you pack it away. First, you’ll need to wash the costume according to its recommended care instructions. Any stains will become locked in during storage, even if they weren’t visible when you first packed them up. Most mummy wrappings are machine washable, but a wizard’s robes may need dry cleaning.
Next, you’ll want to avoid storing anything in plastic bags, which can trap moisture and lead to damage. Your best bet will be sealed, breathable plastic boxes stored in a stable environment.
Where to Store your Halloween Storage Boxes
Now that you’ve successfully stored your costumes and décor from Halloween, you have plenty of room to put up that Christmas tree and other Christmas decorations! … Too soon?
If you’re like me, a Halloween Queen, you’ll know that the skeletons in your closet won’t have enough room to rattle with all those boxes. Keep the family ghost happy and store your Halloween gear in a storage unit. This way you’ll have plenty of room for all your trees and Menorot through the winter holiday season!
If you find yourself running out of storage space, consider self storage as a possible solution. At StorageMart, we offer self storage that can be rented on a month-by-month basis. Check out our Self Storage Calculator to find the size that’s right for you or contact us to rent a storage unit today.