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The trick-or-treat season is over! Now it is time to deal with the clean up!
Take out the trash!
Many of those decorations can be re-used, but many of them cannot. Take the time and go through them. If they can be cleaned, use appropriate tools and soaps to take care of them properly. That jack-o-lantern will not be lasting much longer, make sure to get rid of it ASAP!
Plastic for protection!
It is always best practice to wrap your more delicate items in paper or plastic wrap. This will keep them in that “like new” condition that you crave. Be sure to wrap them carefully and fully.
For best results, place them into large storage containers. Do not fail into the trap of throwing them into bags and hiding them away! Take the time to organize them. You only need to do this once a year, do it right!
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Tie up those lights
If you go all out for Halloween, there could be several electronics and lights. Wrap the cords carefully and keep them with the display. Taping the cords directly to decorations can work, but for certain items it is best to tie them down to avoid damaging them. If you have the original boxes, this is the best place to put them for the rest of the year!
Label everything! It cannot be understated! LABEL! LABEL! LABEL!
If you will not use it, someone else will!
There are plenty of items in your collection that can be re-used, but plenty of them will not fit into your vision of Halloween. Maybe that costume is too spooky, maybe the plastic pumpkin is too big, whatever the reason, it can be used by someone else. Time to consider donating these items to charity.
It belongs in the trash!
There will always be those one-use items, or items that have seen too many Halloweens. Take the time and consider every item, it is best to throw it away if you do not see yourself using it again. Better to run a lean and tight ship when it comes to decorations.
Take care of the mess!
Every Halloween ends up being a rush to get everything done! Sometimes this means that decorations and boxes get placed aside and ignored. Comb through your house and look for empty boxes, loose glitter, and those pesky plastic spiders. Nothing can ruin an Easter egg hunt like finding a fake spider!
Kids are messy!
Please go outside and look for any candy wrappers that have wandered onto your property. These pesky wrappers can linger for months or years! Time to take care of them! Mother nature and your neighbourhood will thank you!
With these tips, your Halloween will no longer HAUNT YOU!! Stay safe and have fun!
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