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How to Store Halloween Decorations

How to Store Halloween Decorations in the Atlanta, Georgia area

More than 171 million Americans planned to take part in Halloween festivities this year with estimated spending expected to reach $8.4 billion. Nearly half of the people questioned in the National Retail Federation’s annual survey planned to decorate their homes – accounting for more than a quarter of that staggering total. That’s a lot of cobwebs, creepy clown masks and cauldrons!

But now that the party has died down, where does all that stuff go? Read on for some tips on cleaning and decluttering to prevent your house from being haunted by the ghosts of holidays past.

Designated Halloween Storage Containers

Sure, it’s exciting to be surprised by a random holiday when you open an assortment of nondescript boxes. However, your setup and cleanup are both much simpler when you have clearly labeled or color-coded containers.

● Sealed plastic containers are good for keeping moisture, bugs and other nasty surprises from ruining your decorations.

● Maximize your space by storing smaller items insider larger, hollow ones.

● Use bubble wrap to protect fragile items.

● Label the containers with a complete list of contents.

● If stacking multiple containers, make sure the heaviest, most structurally sound box or bin is on the bottom.

Storing Halloween Decorations that Hang

Some decorations need to hang in order to protect and preserve their shape. You can make the most of a hook or rack by hanging multiple items one in front of the other. If your items are made with fabric or other sensitive materials, you may want to consider a sealable garment bag.

Costumes and masks could fit into this category as well. Many times, they will include a label with care instructions. To make sure you look your costumes look their best next year, pay special attention to those recommendations.

Other Notes On Halloween Storage

  • Light strands can be wrapped around ordinary extension cord wraps in order to keep them tangle free. If you’ll be stacking multiple reels, use a cloth or padding to insulate the wraps from one another and their surroundings.
  • Glass, fabric and other materials can be sensitive to sunlight. To avoid fading, make sure you have these covered with acid-free tissue or packing materials like bubble wrap.
  • Many of these items are also vulnerable to extreme temperatures and humidity–making your attic, basement or garage poor choices for long-term storage. Consider one of our climate-controlled storage units to help preserve the longevity of your decorations.
  • Storage World has a wide variety of storage options throughout the Atlanta area. Talk to one of our self-storage professionals to find a solution that fits your needs today.

Handy Shoe Storage Tips for Max Mileage

Shoe Organization Ideas for Your Daily Shoes or Sneakers in Atlanta, GA

Designating an area for shoes that see near-daily action can make those mornings where you’re rushing out the door less hectic. You don’t have to spend precious minutes searching for your work/school/all-purpose footwear.

However, it’s a good idea to have a separate area for wet shoes to dry out. That could be a spot in the garage or a mat just inside the door – somewhere well-ventilated and dry. Make sure any wet items are completely dry before storing them to avoid issues with mold or unpleasant smells.

How to Store Your Seasonal Shoes

Divide and conquer that unruly pile of shoes in your closet. Tossing them all together on the floor can lead to scuffs and scrapes. Rotate your winter boots from the back of the closet to the front when the weather makes them your frequent footwear. Your flip flops won’t mind lounging in the back.

Bent Boots (and Other Form Factors)

Like us, when shoes are inactive for a while, they can get out of shape. Longer boots will fold over on themselves, and if they’re left that way, permanent lines or creases can form. Fortunately, you have a number of options to help those boots battle their self-destructive tendencies.

Racks: If you have more than a couple of pairs of boots, a boot rack can keep them off the ground and in great shape. Plus, you can save storage space. Simply hang the boot rack in a standard closet and place your boots in the rack and you’re done.

Boot Shapers: When you have one or two pairs or you want to keep them grounded, boot shapers are a popular choice. You can purchase boot shapers online, in-store, or you could opt to DIY in a variety of ways. Pool noodles or wine bottles are just a few ways to help keep your boots in shape.

Boot Boxes: A number of retailers carry a wide range of solutions like clear boot boxes that make it easy to stack, store, and see which pair is where.

Other shoes like flip flops and sandals are pretty resilient, but there are still tons of fun ways to corral your collection. Consider plate racks or hangers to help organize your summer footwear.
For sneakers and shoes of similar shapes and sizes, consider a shoe rack or cabinet that can be found at most local retailers. Shoe racks are usually affordable and a great way to help your sneakers organized and on point.

Do I Need Climate Control Storage?

If you will be storing your shoes or other delicate items when temperatures may fluctuate or reach extremes, it’s important to choose the right location. Those changes can damage fabric, leather and other items, making an attic or a basement a poor choice.
Thankfully, Storage World can help! Our climate-controlled self-storage units are perfect for maintaining the ideal temperature range to keep your shoe collection in tip-top shape. They also come in a variety of sizes ranging from smaller units all the way up to those Kardashian-sized shoe collections.

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Find a Storage World location near you in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Our self-storage professionals are knowledgeable and can assist you in finding a unit that fits like your favorite pair of shoes.

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