How to Store Christmas Lights

1. Empty Wrapping Paper Tubes

Cut small slit in each end of the wrapping tube. Thread the end of one set of lights through the slit and wrap the lights along the tube. Thread the other end of the lights through the opposite slit in the tube.

2. Cardboard Squares

Cut a square or rectangle of cardboard. Cut a slit ​in one side of the square. Thread the end of a set of lights through the slit. Wrap the lights around the cardboard, threading the other end back through the slit.

3. Plastic Bags

Wrap each set of lights and put them individually into a plastic bag. Box the plastic bags together.

Christmas lights generally are only meant to be used for no more than 90 days. Chances are if your lights are more than three seasons old, they may need to be replaced next year anyway. Take the initiative now and throw out worn out lights. Shop for replacements at after Christmas discounts, or add lights to the Christmas Decoration list in your Holiday Planning Notebook.