5 methods to retailer Christmas lights for subsequent yr

There are few issues worse than hauling all of your Christmas decorations out, solely to discover a large wad of tangled strand lights. It takes what looks like endlessly to untangle them and, within the course of, you are in all probability jostling a number of bulbs free, which solely makes issues worse.

Now that Christmas is over and the lights will probably be coming down quickly, listed below are 5 methods to retailer them neatly so you will not need to untangle them subsequent December.


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Cardboard cut-out

Whereas it is tempting to seize a strand and simply begin winding it round your arm, as quickly as you pull your arm out of the wound lights, the tangles start.

The answer? Use the identical idea, however change your arm with an oblong piece of cardboard. Minimize it to concerning the dimension of and lower a slit in a single finish. Slide one of many ends of the strand lights within the slit and start wrapping across the lengthy fringe of the cardboard till you run out of lights. You may even double-up by interlocking two or three strand lights per piece of cardboard.

When you’re completed wrapping, plug the free finish into the plug that held by the slot within the cardboard to carry every part collectively.

Typically the only strategies work finest. 

Garments hangers

If you do not have sufficient cardboard available however have some extra garments hangers, you should use these as an alternative. Take one of many free ends of the strand and hook it via one of many strap holders. Then, whereas retaining the strand taut, start wrapping it across the garments hanger vertically, retaining it as neat as potential.

If you’re carried out wrapping, both hook the opposite finish within the different strap holder or plug it into the opposite finish of the strand. Then you may dangle them within the storage closet. How handy.

Bunching

If you first took the strand lights out of the field they got here in, they have been seemingly bunched and held along with a cable tie or rubber band.

This may be redone fairly simply, however it’s kind of extra time-consuming. The profit is that it is even much less prone to get tangled.

To bunch the lights once more, seize one of many lights close to one of many ends. Subsequent, seize a light-weight two lights away on both aspect and group them collectively. This offers you two lights on one finish and one mild on the opposite. Proceed to bunch each different mild till you run out of strand. Wrap the free ends across the center of the bunch and join the plugs.

Use a wire reel

An alternative choice is to buy a wire reel, usually used for lengthy extension cords. They arrive in a number of totally different kinds, however the premise is similar. There are massive wire reels with a deal with that may maintain tons of of ft of wire, or yow will discover a spindle with a deal with. They vary from only a couple buck to upwards of $70 (£52 or AU$90).

Join all of your strands collectively and connect one finish of the sunshine strand to the curler and spin it till the strand is totally wound. Subsequent yr, merely unspool the strand lights when it is time to enhance for the vacations once more.

Roll in plastic sheets

The above strategies actually work finest for traditional strand lights. However in case you occur to have icicle lights, chances are you’ll discover wrapping strategies do not suffice. Nonetheless, there is a easy trick that works rather well for icicle strands.

Purchase a 1-foot-wide (30-centimeter) roll of plastic. Roll out a size of plastic sheet equal to that of the strand lights and lower the plastic sheet from the roll. Place the strand on high of the plastic sheet and roll the plastic sheet and strand lights collectively. This can hold the icicle strands from tangling and bundle every part neatly inside a sheet of plastic.

If you’re prepared to make use of them subsequent yr, unroll the plastic and you will have a superbly tangle-free strand of icicle lights.

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