How to Store and Organize Halloween Decorations
Halloween is one of America's favorite holidays, giving people the chance to dress up as anything they want for a day. The costume parties can become quite elaborate, using creative decorations to make the front yard and inside a home look spooky and fun. A lot of these decorations are made of delicate materials and need to be handled with care. When you treat them right, they can last for years, which will save you money on decoration costs.
When spooky season is over, how do you keep your Halloween decorations organized and protected? This short guide will show you how to store and organize your Halloween decorations so that you can use them year after year with confidence.
How to Store and Organize Halloween Decorations
- Organize Key Items in Labeled Bins
- Storing Spiderwebs and Cloth
- Place Small Items Inside Bigger Items
- How to Store Halloween Skeletons
- Use Climate-Controlled Storage
Organize Key Items in Labeled Bins
Since Halloween isn't the only fun holiday that happens during the year, these decorations can easily get lost among your storage items if you don't stay organized. To make sure that you can easily retrieve your Halloween decorations, store them in identifiable containers. If you need to use multiple storage bins, make sure that they are all the same color and are clearly labeled. For instance, it’s convenient to place lighting in one bin and spooky decorative eyeballs, ghosts, and skeletons in other boxes. This makes tearing down and setting up a Halloween party easier than throwing things into random containers.
Plastic storage bins are ideal for storing decorative items that aren't too delicate and just need to be kept away from dust in the sunlight. If you are particularly worried about a few items, you may also wrap them with packing paper or bubble wrap. This will protect decorations that can be easily scratched and damaged when placed in contact with other hard objects.
Storing Spiderwebs and Cloth
Fabrics and soft materials make up a major part of Halloween decoration themes. They create spooky backdrops and can cover furniture to make them look like they are part of a haunted house. Stringy spider webs made out of cotton material are also fun to drape over home decor and furniture for an extra festive feel.
Since these items are delicate, the best way to keep them safe is by storing them in vacuum-seal bags. Thankfully, you can find these solutions widely available at a typical home improvement or dollar store. Vacuum seal bags work better than ordinary plastic bags because they don't just save space by compressing the fabrics, but they also take away air and moisture from these materials.
That being said, you should also make sure everything is completely dry before storing them in vacuum bags. This will minimize the risk of moisture damage which can include mildew and musty odors. Moisture also attracts pests, so keeping everything dry and vacuum-sealed will ensure that the fabric stays in the best condition for seasons to come.
- Pro tip: This is also an excellent way to store Halloween costumes and wigs that you plan to use again!
Place Small Items Inside Bigger Items
When you have a lot of loose pieces like small figurines and spooky plastic bugs, you want to make sure that they don't get lost in storage. If you have larger items like trick-or-treat buckets or candy bowls, put these loose items inside them and wrap everything with plastic cling wrap. This will keep the small items inside and maximize space. If you don't have any bigger items that can hold small items, you can also place loose items inside gallon-sized Ziploc bags. This ensures that dust and pests cannot reach your decorations and that they stay organized.
How to Store Halloween Skeletons
Halloween skeletons are some of the most iconic and traditional decorations for the trick-or-treating season. They offer that spooky vibe and can truly transform the mood of a room. Since they often come at a premium, you want to make sure this investment lasts for years. To store your Halloween skeletons, disassemble and carefully wrap the 'bones’ with bubble wrap. Then, place these items in a clearly labeled storage bin. If you don't have time to take apart your skeleton, you may also place it in the fetal position and store it in a snug garment bag.
Use Climate-Controlled Storage
When you have a lot of Halloween decorations made of plastic, storage places like attics and garages can get hot enough to potentially melt plastic items. In fact, there have been reports of skeletons melting or warping in hot attics and garages. To protect your valuable Halloween decorations, you must find a climate controlled place to store them. This can be a spare room in your house, or you can make things easier and get a storage rental unit with an air conditioner. This will make sure that your Halloween decorations keep their form throughout the year. To get the most out of your investment, store other seasonal items in this unit like holiday trees, seasonal clothing, sporting goods, and more.
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