Posted by admin in Home Decors, House and Home, House Tips on 25-05-2016
Hanging Christmas lights can easily become one of the most dreaded tasks of the entire year — especially when you have to grapple with a disorganized heap of impossibly tangled cords. With a little planning, you can avoid that problem and make decorating fun again. Start by following these four tips for smarter Christmas light storage.
Repurpose Household Objects
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Some lights, such as the rope lights from Christmas Lights Etc, come on a spool that makes storage simple. You can also purchase a reel or power cord holder — or, as a cheaper alternative, repurpose some common household items to do the same job. For instance, wrap the lights around an empty coffee can, a hanger, a Pringles can, or rectangular pieces of heavy cardboard to keep lights tangle-free. Detailed instructions for each can be found online.
Recycle tissue paper or newspaper as padding for lights and other delicate items. Tuck it between layers of strands to keep them from tangling with one another, too. No matter what you wrap your lights around, you may want to use a layer of paper around the outside to keep them contained and to provide extra protection.
Use Zip-top Bags or Zip Ties
Plastic zip-top bags and zip ties are more obvious solutions. Wrap the lights around your arm, from your palm to your elbow and back again, to form a tight circle. Then use three zip ties to keep the loop in place. With no loose ends, it won’t get tangled up. Alternatively, you can store each strand of lights in its own zip-top bag. Just be sure to plug the female end of each strand into the male end to prevent knots.
Sort by Use, Not Type
The most common method of organizing Christmas decorations is to group like items together: ornaments in one box, garlands in another, and so on. However, a more practical method is to sort decorations according to where you use them instead of by type. This will make unpacking and decorating a much less stressful and more streamlined process.
At the very least, try to get all of your favorites or essentials into one “open first” box. After all, there may be years when you lack the time or energy to deck out the entire house, or you may need some decorations sooner than others. Keep the most important things together so you don’t have to pull out every box just to retrieve a few items.
Make Duct Tape Labels
As you take down your Christmas lights, use duct tape to label each strand. Make note of whatever information you think might be useful, such as the length or where you used it. Imagine how much easier it will be to put up the lights next year, when you can check the tags and see where to hang each strand instead of starting from scratch.
While these sorting and storing methods may require a little more time on the front end, it will be time well-spent. Your future self will be thankful when it comes time to unpack the lights for another holiday season.