NORWALK, Conn. -- All Hallows Eve brings many great things, including social gatherings, a costume for every party and pumpkin spice lattes. However, the holiday can also create stress in the form of a house turned ghastly by clutter among other headaches, according to two Fairfield County-based home organizers.
Professional organizers Linda Barlaam of Fairfield and Ben Soreff of Norwalk, co-owners of the recently launched company House to Home Organizing, are providing tips to relieve some of that Halloween stress.
House to Home Organizing works with overwhelmed homeowners in Fairfield and Westchester counties and helps them overcome their greatest organizational challenges.
“Halloween has the huge potential to create organizing challenges (and possibly a trip to the dentist), from costumes and candy to decorations, and with the added ingredient of excited kids, the house can get out of control quickly,” said Soreff.
As challenging as it may be, the kids are an integral part of the process, Barlaam and Soreff said. However, that is changing with more and more adults taking over the holiday.
Barlaam and Soreff offer the following tips to help Halloween run more smoothly and with less stress:
- Costumes : First, check sizes and donate any costume that no longer fits and recycle those missing key pieces. If parents can plan on making a costume, they should make sure as the shopping process continues to store all the parts together.
- Candy : The best organizing strategy for candy is to simply limit the quantity that comes into the house. Be realistic about the number of kids who ring the doorbell using last year as a guide.
- Decorations : While orange bins with black lids are nice, they aren't necessary. The key is to decide what to save for next year. Decorations like fake spider webs or torn paper ghosts with missing ink because the tape ripped it off should be discarded.
- Social gatherings : “The end of October sees a lot of Halloween parties, so make sure your invitations have an RSVP date clearly noted,” said Barlaam.
Party prep can be time-consuming, so after making a budget, it is helpful to make a list and prioritize those items to be bought or created.
For more information about House to Home Organizing, visit h2horganizing.com.
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