The Best Way to Store Christmas Lights

Shawna Bailey
by Shawna Bailey
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2 Minutes
When it comes time to put away your Christmas lights, I hope you remember this amazing decoration storage idea. My lights always tend to get all tangled, and no matter how nicely I store them, I always find them tangled next year when I open my decor box. Well, not anymore! I found this trick online and thought it was genius! You can organize large amounts of string lights and keep them from tangling just with a hanger. So this year when putting away your lights, do this trick and have an easy time putting up your lights next year.
I’m sure this scene is familiar to you, my lights tangle literally 2 minutes after I unroll them new from the box. It’s so frustrating, every year we throw away some lights because during the detangling they get disconnected from their plugs in a way that isn’t worth repairing.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
All I used for this project was an old hanger and a big bunch of tangled lights. I was able to fit on each hanger three or four lengths of fairy lights.

Step 2: Wrap Up Your Lights
I started at the groove in the shoulder of the hanger. I hooked the end of the light through the groove and started wrapping.
I wrapped two lengths of lights around each side of the hanger. Next year when I take them out I can just carry the hanger with me and unroll the lights right onto my porch. No fuss no mess.
Look how neat that looks! So much better than the tangle it was before.
Now my lights won’t tangle with everything in this box.
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  • Lyn30117646 Lyn30117646 on Jan 08, 2018

    Would this work with wooden hangers?

  • Shawn Shawn on Jan 05, 2020

    I have an idea about putting them away. Why not put a rod in a plastic container and then you could hang all your lights in the container. Just a thought.

  • Meredyth Meredyth on Jan 13, 2020

    Any ideas for Net lights?

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