About 84% of Americans who celebrate Christmas do so by putting up decorations and lights.
Putting up Christmas lights is a common tradition for many households, but knowing how to store them properly has posed some issues. How many times have you tried to wrap up your lights in an organized way, only to open up the box the next year to find they are tangled together?
We know it's frustrating to sort through numerous strands every year, and it tends to turn holiday decorating into a chore. Don't worry, we are here to help. This guide is going to give you five ways to store your holiday lights so they're ready for you the next time you need them.
1. Use A Hook
Some people like to have their holiday decor out of sight until they need it the following year. However, if you don't mind seeing your holiday lights hanging neatly, then this is a great option.
All you'll need to do is find an empty space on the wall and hang a hook. This can be in a storage closet, garage, or storage unit.
Simply hold one end of the strand in your hand and wrap it around your elbow until you reach the other end. Then tie them with a string so they stay together. Then place them on the hook and you're good to go.
2. DIY Cardboard Storage
One of the most affordable ways to keep your holiday lights from getting tangled is to use a piece of cardboard. It's as simple as it sounds. There are two ways you can do it.
First, you'll take a sturdy piece of cardboard and cut it into a rectangle and make a small notch at each end. Wrap the lights horizontally without letting them overlap. You'll tuck the ends of the strand into the small slits so they don't unravel.
The second way is similar, but you'll cut the cardboard into an "I" shape with the same notches at each end. You'll wrap the lights around the middle and tuck the ends in. If the board is big enough, don't let the lights overlap; however, it's not a huge issue if they do.
You can then place them in a storage tote with the rest of your decor. This method will keep the lights from tangling and you won't have any hassle next year.
3. Holiday Light Storage Bag
If you have lots of lights, you may want to consider investing in a storage bag that is made specifically for light strands. They will typically be heavy-duty plastic with a zipper so you won't have to worry about the bag ripping or the lights getting damaged.
It will come with two or three spools for you to wrap your numerous holiday light strands around them. This method is great if you have a lot of lights as it allows you to keep them all in the same place in an organized fashion.
4. Repurpose Them
Instead of wrapping up your lights and putting them in storage, consider reusing them in the spring and summer months. Many people find leaving holiday lights up all year round is tacky, but you can repurpose them and no one will know.
Once the air starts to warm up as spring approaches, you may want to spend more time outside. Using your holiday LED lights to light up your backyard is a great way to make the area more inviting for you and your guests.
Hanging lights can create a cozy ambiance in your outdoor living space. You can string them along your fence or zigzag them above your back porch. It will elevate your space and give you some extra light for your evening gatherings.
Another way you can reuse them throughout the year is to hang them on your camper van or RV. Once you've parked your vehicle and pulled out the awning, you can hang the lights, so you have a comfortable outside space to enjoy.
5. Power Cord Wheel
If you're looking for a quick and easy way to store lights, consider purchasing a power cord wheel. You can find them at your local hardware store without the power cord and they are fairly inexpensive. These wheels can hold numerous strands, typically up to three or four.
It's important to remember that light bulbs are delicate and can be crushed easily. When you're winding them up, be sure to go slow and ensure the strand isn't knotted or tangled.
You also don't want them spun too tightly. Once you've got them loosely spun on the power cord wheel, you can put them with your other holiday decor.
Storing Holiday Lights
Hanging holiday lights every year is a tradition loved by many; however, trying to store them every year has been an issue for a lot of people, too. This year, take the time to use one of the storage methods above so you don't have to spend time untangling them the next time you get them out.
You may even want to try a few different ways to see which one you like the best. Before packing them up, be sure to throw out any strands that aren't working; this will also save you a lot of time next year.
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