Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

Creative Kid Costume Storage Ideas

By - October 31st, 2016

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From fairy tales to space odysseys, costumes can help bring the stories from your kids’ imagination to life. Halloween costumes can be used multiple times for playtime, but if you’re worried about where and how to store them, don’t fret! Closet and Storage Concepts is here to help.

Use Hooks

If floor space is it a premium where your kids play, one solution would be to use your wall space. Hooks can be very effective with this and can help store costumes that have multiple pieces. Hooks can also be re-installed at different heights as kids age. Choose from a wide range of finishes and colors to fit any space.

Try a Pegboard

Another way to use your wall space would be to try a pegboard or slatted wall system. While we usually use these in a craft room or in a garage, there’s no reason why we couldn’t adapt it for a playroom! Notch baskets and hooks into your pegboard to hold capes, fairy wings, or shoes and other accessories. The hooks and baskets can be moved around as costumes change.

Try a Trunk

A storage chest can double as a bench for reading stories. Just toss some blankets and some thick pillows on top! Using a trunk keeps costumes out of sight. This is particularly helpful if a playroom is also a main entertaining area for guests. When using a storage trunk, be sure that little ones will help to put away costumes when playtime is over, or those costumes may end up scattered on the floor. Storage bins that divide the trunk into sections can help sort costumes.

Girls reach-in closet with dress up clothes

Use Their Closet

Dedicate a section for costumes. This can help minimize the number of costumes you store around your home. You can do this in a few different ways.

Fabric cubbies that sit can be installed in a hanging area can be used to create vertical space. And when they outgrow the costumes, they can be used to store clothing items like jeans and sweaters.

You could also try dedicating a hanging area specifically for costumes. We recommend using a double hanging area. This is great for very small children as their clothes are generally shorter. You can use one hanging area for regular everyday clothes and the other hanging area for costumes. As they grow, the double hanging area can be used for separates like blouses, button-ups, and pants.

Adjustable wood or infused melamine shelves also give your home extra value. They are sturdier and are visually more appealing than the typical wire systems found in many homes.

No matter how many costumes and characters you need to store, you can get organized with Closet and Storage Concepts. Contact your local team of storage experts to see how we can help your whole family make room for life.

Halloween Clean Up: Candy

By - November 30th, 2015

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Do you still have left over candy from Halloween? Or maybe even from last year? Or maybe you simply want to make sure your child doesn’t eat all of it in one sitting? At Closet and Storage Concepts we’re here to help with tips on when to throw it out, reuse it, or give it away.

  1. Expiration dates

Expiration dates are always a good place to start to determine if it’s time to say goodbye to packaged candy, but sometimes even those can be misleading. Many experts say that food, including candy, is still good past the sell date. With chocolate for examples, chocolate chips that are frozen can last two to three years, while plain milk chocolate is only usually good for 12 to 18 months. With gummy candies, the true expiration date is usually only for about 12 months although Skittles are known to have a shelf life of two to three years. In most cases, it will be safe to re-purpose candy for your holiday stocking stuffers, just be aware that your other senses like smell and sight can help to determine if it’s time to say goodbye to the candy.

  1. Freeze it

Freezing your candy can help extend it’s life. Chocolate in particular can benefit by increasing the sell by date an additional 12 months. Even the different temperatures between a fridge and a freezer can impact (and increase) the amount of time you can keep candy around. If you do want to save your candy, freezing it may be the best option. Keep in mind that certain candies will lose some of their taste and consistency if you freeze them.

  1. Bake it

Chocolate chips, M&Ms, and other candy products might be able to be used in another dish if you don’t want to eat them plain. Baking them into other goods can be a good gift, or you can save them for your ginger bread houses. Simply look for a recipe online and voila! You’ll have new baked goods to share so you don’t waste anything and your kids don’t eat everything in one sitting.

  1. Just say goodbye

If you’re on a health kick, it may be best to just say goodbye to the candy. If so, don’t feel guilty. You’re stopping any cravings and temptation while clearing out the clutter in your home. If you don’t want to completely toss it, try reaching out to a local organization to see if you can donate the candy. Local children hospitals or non-profits that work with the armed forces frequently accept donations.

No matter what you choose to do with your leftover candy Closet and Storage Concepts is here to help you make more room for a well-organized life. For more food storage tips for your pantry or other tips for throughout your home, check out our other blog posts or visit our showroom!

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Halloween Planning: Guests (and Ghosts)

By - October 27th, 2015

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The holidays are coming whether you like it or not and that means that guests will soon be at your front door! With Halloween in sight, you may also be seeing more guests (and maybe even a few ghosts)! No matter if you’re preparing guests or ghosts this season, your local Closet and Storage Concepts team is ready to help you prepare for any that might be coming your way.

Impressions First: The Doorstep

Create a ghoulish display from the very first step. There are so many options to choose from especially when considering the direction you want to go in. From the haunting to the sparkly, there’s no shortage of design options. For a subtle look try spray-painting your pumpkins with chalkboard paint to write a scary message. Or you can go all out with “cobwebs”, lights, and other décor. With enough luck you might even come across a ghost or two on Halloween.

Beds & Bedding

No more squeaky and scary sounding mattresses – upgrade! Don’t forget to tend to any murphy or wall beds. If you’re in need of a wall bed update be sure to call us today! We may even be able to offer you with some solutions for the springs or other mechanisms.

Bedding is a great easy way to incorporate the holidays from Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. You can change the color scheme to match the holiday, incorporate thematic pillows, or choose any combination of other options to create a space as festive as you’d like.

Sensory Details

Greet guests and create a Halloween atmosphere by using sound devices triggered by motion. For a fun gift, try a small sound machine that releases horror screams, creaky doors and floors, or fantastical beasts at the touch of a button. 

Use fluffy spider webs on mirrors to give a spooky vibe, and welcome guests with fluffy towels. Towels and bedding can be a great point of comfort for traveling and weary guests.

Bring on the scents! Try making your own and storing them in a fun cauldron shaped container. You’ll be sure to find seasonal options in almost any home or furniture store. Candles and diffusers can help give your guests a sense of a retreat or being a home away from home.

No matter if you’re planning on welcoming ghosts or guests, you’ll be ready with these tips. Use them in your home today to get a head start on the holidays! Need more tips on how to create room for guests or maybe cleaning out a spare room? Call in the organizational experts at Closet and Storage Concepts today! We may even give you more scary good storage tips!

Photo by Ronile, under Public Domain through Creative Commons License Zero (CC0 1.0).

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