Seasonal Storage: How to Store Halloween Decorations
Once Halloween is over, it’ll be time to take down all your decorations and pack them away with costumes until next fall. While many stores are now offering seasonal storage containers in black and orange for your Halloween needs, successful storage requires more than just buying a few random tubs. Check out these packing tips below and set yourself up right for next year!
Sort, Sort, Sort
The best thing about sorting is that you can start the process of seasonal decor storage while your decorations are still in use. Just walk around and make a list of all Halloween items. You can make a note of what you want to keep and, therefore, store. You also may need to decide what should be thrown out or recycled, or there may be items that you can donate to Goodwill or pass on to family or friends.
It is also a good idea to sort what items will be stored together. If you only have a handful of decorative items, they might all fit in one big orange tub. More likely, you’ll need multiple boxes, tubs, or containers for all your decorations.
One of the best seasonal decor storage tips is to think about how you will want to find various items when it’s time to decorate next year and group accordingly. For instance, you may want to group them according to theme (ghosts, monsters, spiders, etc.), location (outdoor, roof, office cubicle, door, etc.), or type (lights and candles, hanging, figurines, etc.).
The last thing to sort is your boxes, tins, tubs, and packing materials. If you still have the original boxes for fragile or electronic items, decide if they will go in a larger tub with other items or stand alone on a storage shelf. Now you’re ready to take down the decorations and pack in an efficient manner.
Many decorations are fragile, made of glass, ceramic, or paper. Some are electronic, with lights, speakers, and even small motors. Many are strung on cords or strings. All of this will need to be taken into account when packing for seasonal decor storage.
If you don’t have the original boxes for fragile items, be sure to use bubble wrap and tissue paper to protect these items. Another important packing tip for seasonal items is to use smaller boxes or tins inside larger containers to prevent the items from being jostled and potentially crushed or broken.
It’s also a good idea to pack up your hardware such as hooks and wreath hangers. You can either pack them with the item they hold or create one box with all such hardware.
You should also notice which items require climate-controlled storage so that they aren’t ruined.. At a minimum this includes candles and electronics, but there may be other items that could be negatively affected by too much heat, cold or moisture.
Buying tubs and containers that are Halloween colors will make them easy to find in a storage unit or attic full of boxes. However, you don’t have to spend money on seasonal storage bins. Using regular boxes and tubs, color-coded labels or markers will provide the same benefit.
As with any type of storage project, you’ll want to make an inventory list of what is in every box and a more general label on the outside. Always think about how you will look for things next year.
Choose Your Location
Are you going to store things in your basement, garage, attic, laundry closet, storage unit, or someplace else? If you just have a box or two, you will probably keep it at home unless you have already invested in a storage unit.
If there are numerous boxes and perhaps some big items, a storage unit would be the perfect fit. Some self storage renters have all of their seasonal storage bins and decorations in their unit. Then when they need it, they just bring the boxes home. At Storage West, our units come in many different sizes so you only get what you need as you can see in our sizing guide.
In your home, it is important all your Halloween boxes are in the same place. Make sure it meets the environmental requirements of your most fragile items. In other words, don’t put all your boxes in the attic if you have even one box of candles. A storage unit rental can be climate controlled and secure to keep everything in good shape for next year.
Next, plot the location of each box or tub. Ideally a “last in, first out” rule will work. The decorations you’ll want first should be easiest to reach. This would include the hardware box, if you put everything in the same one. However, you’ll want to keep in mind that heavier, larger items should go on the bottom of a stack and some items should go closer or further from light sources depending on the sensitivity of the contents.
Taking down your decorations and saying goodbye to Halloween for another year may be a sad time, but at least you can rest easy knowing everything is ready for next year.
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