30 Oct Halloween Decoration Overload
Have you noticed the popularity of Halloween decorations has grown considerably? Halloween has become the second biggest decoration holiday next to Christmas, with Easter in third place and Valentine’s Day, the 4th of July, and St. Patrick’s Day following closely behind. It wasn’t always this way, but has become the new normal in the age of excess.
When I was a kid, holiday decorations were pretty minimal. Sure, there were those houses that went above and beyond, but most houses would have a few decorations on the door, some fake cobwebs in the bushes and a few jack-o-lanterns on the stoop. These days, more and more houses and lawns are overloaded with Halloween decorations, and families are really feeling the pressure to “keep up with the Jones’.” Of course the more decorated houses are festive and fun, but what happens when the holiday is over, and you’ve got numerous decorations to pack up and store for the next year?
As a Professional Organizer, I’m often helping families find more space in their garages, attics, and basements for minimally used items. While I can’t create space out of thin air, I can advise clients on how to use their space more efficiently, thereby finding better ways to store items and creating the illusion of more space. In all the houses I’ve worked in, I’ve come across boxes, bags and bins full of holiday decorations (many that are broken or don’t even work). It’s amazing what we hold onto and use only once a year!
Why do we do it? Well first, because holidays are fun. Second, how do you resist some of the cute holiday-themed items out there? Believe it or not, I used to fall prey to this too, but packing up and moving every few years really gets you to question what you own. Third, we’re conditioned to believe we have to be prepared for every situation, which has created a stockpile mentality for the majority of us. I’m not against decorations; I just would urge you to not go overboard, and to be more conscious of the items you have and use.
How do you keep holiday decorations under control? My advice would be to have 1-2 bins each (maximum) of Halloween and Easter decorations, and maybe 1 bin at most for the rest of the holidays. Be sure to label your bins, or even use color-coded bins to distinguish between holidays. Christmas is an exception; you might need more than 2 bins, but don’t go crazy. Think about the space that you have and try to keep within those limits.
How do you store these items? I find it best to clean items before returning them to storage. Wrap items in a layer of tissue or newspaper and make sure to store them in a clean container with an airtight lid. I prefer bins because they are sturdy and easy to clean; also rodents are less likely to chew through them to nest. Sterilite makes a great assortment of storage bins and containers to choose from and AtticMaxx can help you create storage solutions in the tightest of spaces.
Want help packing and storing your holiday decorations? Let Me Organize It can help. We’ll gladly assist with dismantling, cleaning, protecting and storing your holiday decorations. Contact us to book a session soon!
Team LMOI wishes you and your family a happy, safe and spooky Halloween!