Storing Christmas Lights

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December 18, 2016

Two rolls of Christmas lights on paper tubes.In Christmas movies where trees are decorated, I often see the lights in a jumbled mess. As a child it was the same way; untangling those lights took forever! A few years ago, I had an epiphany. Why not use paper towel rolls to store the strands? I have used this method for at least four years and it works every single time! It is very easy to wrap the lights around the rolls. And even though the final result looks imperfect, it is always easy to take off the lights! To try it, follow these steps.


  1. Take one end of the light strand and put it through the paper towel roll. Pull the plug part out and across the outside of the roll.
  2. beginning to wrap lights holding the plug in left hand


  3. Start wrapping the light strand around the roll. Start on the side where you have the plug part and wrap to the other side.
  4. Begin wrapping at one end.


  5. Once you have reached one side, wrap the lights around again going in the opposite direction.
  6. Tube partially wrapped in light strand.

  7. Repeat wrapping the lights from one side to the other until all you have left is the opposite plug end. Tuck that plug in between the strands and you are done!
  8. Two rolls of Christmas lights on paper tubes.

When you are ready to use the strand again, simply find the plug end you tucked away. Pull it out and start unwrapping the lights! You'll find that they don't tangle at all.

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January 9, 2007

Get ready for next Christmas while you pack away the decorations this year. Start with your Christmas tree lights, replace non-working bulbs.


Wrap strands in a loop, sort of like wrapping up the garden hose, and rubberband each strand.

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December 23, 2015

To keep my Christmas lights from getting tangled up, I wrap each string of lights around a rolled up newspaper or magazine with the plug being last and then I put a rubber band around the plug end to hold the lights in place.

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November 21, 2011

One cardboard tube from wrapping paper is the perfect size for one strand of Christmas lights. Cut a slit at the end of the tube and slide the end of the light strand into the slit, then start wrapping the light strand tightly around the tube.

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December 12, 2005

Roll up a thin section of newspaper to use as a tube to wrap your holiday lights around. They stay organized, compact, and it makes it easier to string lights right off the 'tube'.

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December 19, 2011

Like a lot of you, I had trouble sorting out my Christmas lights when I got them out of storage. I bought some chenille pipe cleaners at the hobby store.


I wind the length of the lights from my elbow to the palm of my hand, over and over, for each set.

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January 10, 2008

Using Pringles can to wrap Christmas lights is even better than tubes they don't bend. And you can store extra lights inside.

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October 30, 2015

I found one way to store my strings of Christmas lights and they don't seem to tangle together. When I take them down, string by string, I put them in a box then put a sheet of newspaper in between each individual string and layer them in the box.


I cover each string completely with the sheet of newspaper.

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December 14, 2013

Take any cardboard box. Put a string of lights in the bottom. You don't have to do any fancy rolling or anything. Then put a layer of 1 sheet of newspaper on top of them.

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