How to Scare Away that Halloween Clutter…for Good

1. Use the “Capsule Collection” rule. Follow the same strict guidelines with your Halloween decorations that you use when decluttering your closet – if you didn’t find a use for that family of skeletons or inflatable Grim Reaper this year, chances are you won’t next year either. Donate the decorations to a local organization or, if they are damaged or significantly worn, toss them and make room for something new.

2. Go au naturel. One surefire way to reduce your holiday clutter is to use natural items in your Halloween décor. Replace or supplement those plastic jack o’ lanterns with real pumpkins or gourds that you can compost or recycle post-Halloween.

3. Think longevity. If you’re in the market for some new Halloween decorations, choose more universal items that can be used throughout the season. Rather than spooky skulls and spiders that only work for the few weeks you have your Halloween décor out go for some more autumnal pieces that can be used through Thanksgiving. It will save you time and money and will help cut down on your holiday decorating stress.

4. Donate unused costumes. If your kids have long outgrown that baby pumpkin costume, or if your costume bin is overflowing with unused outfits that could be put to better use by someone else, donate them to a local organization and cut back on clutter while helping another family in your community. Check with your accountant to see if your donation is tax-deductible. Note: If the costume is stained or ripped it's time to recycle it. Find out where to recycle clothes and other unique items at