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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.
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.
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.