1. How much long term storage are you willing to dedicate to the Halloween season?
Determine this answer before you buy anything else! If you start with the items, you’ll end up overwhelmed. If you start with the space you are willing to spend to store the items, you’ll be more discerning (and probably happier, overall) with what new items you bring into your home, office, or classroom.
2. What is your temporary storage plan while items are in use during the Halloween season?
Know how you’re going to style the décor you buy. Know where you want to keep the costumes before you buy. Know how long you’ll need to store the candy for (I try not to get candy more than two weeks before—I have a major sweet tooth!) and where you have space for it.
3. What is your deadline and plan for moving Halloween-related items out of your home or into storage?
I’m a big fan of Kendra Adachi, the Lazy Genius, whose book, The Lazy Genius Way outlines the principle of “Decide Once.” If you can decide once where your Halloween-related items go and then follow the same plan year to year, you’ve freed yourself up for more important and enjoyable decisions for the following holiday preparations.
Keep reading for an example of how to apply these three considerations to Halloween costumes
Case Study: Costumes
Very few of us will end up repeating costumes from year to year. It’s actually pretty rare to need to determine long-term storage for costumes. If your kiddos are likely to outgrow their costumes, have a plan to pass it along to another child who you can incorporate into your pipeline for hand-me-downs or know where you’d like to donate after it’s gone.
Some children love to play with their costumes on more than just Halloween proper! If this is the case with your little one, store it with other play-pretend costumes. If you want to keep it safe and perfect for trick-or-treating, storing it out of sight and mind of your little ones up until the big day can help mitigate some begging. Take it out of the package before the big day, have your child try it on to ensure the fit, and then have them whisper a magical, “I’ll see you on Halloween!!!!” to their costume before you hang it in your closet.
Likewise, hanging your costume in your closet or somewhere else where you can regularly see it can help you actually gain more enjoyment out of it as you anticipate the event you’ll wear it to! Your costume can serve as a type of décor if you let it during the full season.
Deadlines for Moving it Along
Allowing students to play with their costumes for the remainder of fall and into winter can help you get the most bang for your buck. If you’re editing everyone’s wardrobe seasonally, incorporate this costume into that process. Plan to store (if you can justify it!) or donate your costumes by spring break (mid-March) Actually put a donation day on your calendar and make a note to include Halloween costumes!
This method can be applied to other Halloween categories in your home, too! Leftover candy can go into the freezer after Halloween to be baked into Christmas cookies, stored temporarily in a decorative bucket on top of your refrigerator.
What causes clutter in your home each Halloween? Craft supplies? Decorations? Thematic pet toys? Let me know in the comments below how you’ll use these three steps to conquer clutter!
P.S.: If you enjoyed this article, you might like to read more on 5 Tips for Maintaining Your Organized Space.
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