Slide 1: How to Store Christmas Lights


Face it, you’re never going to get those strands back in the box they came in — so save those shipping boxes and make your own storage panels. Just cut a slot on either side of a piece of cardboard, stick the plug in one, wrap the lights around the center, and secure the end in the opposite slot. This approach also works for garlands, beads, and other long, tangle-prone decorations.

How To: Store Holiday Decorations

When it's time to take down the tinsel, lights, ornaments, and garlands, these DIY solutions will keep the holidays from taking over your home during the rest of the year.


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