Once upon a time it was very easy for me to know what I had when it came to Halloween. I only had a handful of things and it all fit in a few totes that go stashed in the basement. Now I've taken over two closets, a large chunk of a bedroom, and a corner of the basement that keeps creeping outward with each passing year. I've lost count of the boxes, totes, bags, etc.
Now, for the second time, I'm attempting to take an inventory of everything. I'm going through every last container, making note of what's in what, how much I have, etc. I have a spreadsheet with tabs of different categories like lighting, animatronics, props (by size), etc. The sheet details the items, power needs (if necessary), size, theme, storage location, etc. I almost feel like I'm doing that "Konmari" thing, but there is no way I could take every single Halloween item and put them into one space. I am getting rid of a lot of older and unused things.
I've barely scratched the surface of what I own and it feels overwhelming. I'm not even taking inventory of items I consider craft supplies... I've done this once before, but that was years ago and now I have so much more. It has been kind of cool to rediscover things that got buried. I found lots of old things that I can use for the upcoming haunt season. I really felt like my display was getting stale, but I already had so much stuff that I've avoided buying more (also the quality of items today is really bad). Now I have "new" things to put in and it's free.
So, has anyone else tried to keep track of everything they have for their haunts? Or maybe just the big items? I'm guessing that most people just kinda keep a mental note of stuff and it's organized chaos.