I’m so sad I didn’t learn about this easy way to store Christmas lights years ago. For a long time I just threw out our Christmas lights at the end of December. I never liked trying to untangle the massive ball of knots every Thanksgiving weekend, and figured buying them on clearance after Christmas to use the next year saved my sanity.
Last year my sister showed me a very simple way to store Christmas lights. I waited an entire year to post it because I wanted to know if it actually worked! I am happy to report that this Christmas I was able to reuse the three strands of Christmas lights we used last year. There were no knots to untangle, no broken lights, and it was easy to string them around the tree.
Then wrap the lights around the cardboard.
It works better if you have a thick piece of cardboard. Mine was thinner and it started to bend a little because my light strand was long.
This storage method works with outside Christmas lights as well as inside lights, but probably won’t work with those icicle Christmas lights.
Store with your other Christmas decorations until next Christmas and then enjoy a peaceful unraveling of lights to put up next year!