Introduction: Best Christmas Light Organizer Ever!

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Ok, Christmas is over and it's time to put away the decorations. It's tempting to shove them in a box like last year, but you suddenly remember the pain of putting them on the tree this year... Well, here's a way to make a bit better for next year.

Step 1: The Secret

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Find a good heavy duty hanger, preferably one with the little extra hook under the main hook

Step 2: Hook the End

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Depending on how you wrap your tree with lights, you start with the end of the string that you want on the tree last. I always start wrapping my tree at the bottom near where the lights would plug into the outlet... It also gives me a chance to check the lights (by plugging them in), as well as make sure I have enough length to reach the outlet. So, I want to start putting my lights away with the female socket end.

Step 3: Start the Wrap

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With the end fixed to the little hook, let the string hang straight down. Loop the string "loosely" under and then up and over one side.

Step 4: Finish the Wrap

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Now perform the same action but on the other side.

Step 5: Continue Wrapping

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Repeat the process, alternating sides, until you reach the end of the string. Finish by tucking the remaining plug into the little hook.

Step 6: Storage

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You could place these in a box, or hanging them in a closet, but I found a water pipe in the basement ceiling that makes a perfect spot for mine.

Comments

Moose Dr (author)2016-03-10

I have the problem too. I will use this solution. Not only does it keep the light string untangled, but it keeps multiple strings from intermingling.

ValerieAnneM (author)2016-01-11

I usually just stuff them (individually) into a Ziploc, but they still get tangled. This seems much better. And I always have extra hangers. Now I know what to do with the hangers that come home with new clothes! Now who wants to help me undecorated my tree? ?

sunnee2000 (author)2016-01-06

That is such a clever idea. I'm going to actually try it.

esgallagher (author)2016-01-05

I love this idea! Thank you!

rolltidehank (author)2016-01-04

Genius.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-01-04

Clever life hack. This way they are all separated and you can hang them.

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