christmas light storage

This life hack dealy is one that my mom has been doing FOREVER. Moms are so smart. And it just occurred to me that some people might not know about this sweet and super simple tip.... (as I see people post comical photos of their headache-worthy tangly mess of Christmas lights.... or talk about putting up lights and THEN realizing half the strand is out!)

Wrap your Christmas lights on cardboard for tangle-free storage! 

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While you're taking them off the tree or outside or wherever, just wrap them around a 7x9ish piece of cardboard. You can even keep multiple strands stuck together (there's 2 in the photo above).

Make sure you leave the plug accessible - - but you might wanna tuck it into the lights a little so it doesn't unravel - - and then next year you can test them before you place them nicely all around the tree and realize that the whole strand is out or half the lights don't work or it's those crazy bright LED ones and the rest of your tree has the nice soothing golden lights.....

For extra measure, my mom always writes "TEST FIRST!" on the cardboard just so she remembers to test them.

I know this post is a little early and would be better timed come January, but I figured if I posted it in January, some people would be like "oh man, I just put away my lights and could've used this tip!" SO - - - pin it now on pinterest///remember this sucker for post-holidays :). (or maybe you've gotta put away some Halloween lights in a couple of weeks!)