The tree is drying out, the stockings are down and awaiting storage, and the illuminated plastic lawn Santa is looking forlorn in the cold light of January: it’s time to pack it all away and say goodbye to Christmas for another year.
But wait: what’s the best way to store those holiday lights? How can I ensure a smooth transition from this January to next December? Here are some tricks and tips from our team of Lower Mainland electricians to make holiday light storage (and re-decorating next December) a snap:
- Wrap small strands of lights around large pieces of cardboard, with slits cut into the ends for the plugs. (*another tip is to write the location of each strand of lights on the cardboard itself, i.e. tree, front bushes, etc)
- Use empty wrapping paper tubes for larger strands of lights, and wrap them around from one end to another.
- Tie up separate strings in grocery bags, keeping them apart and (mostly) untangled.
- Wind your lights around coat-hangers, and tag the tops with their individual location.
- Separate each strand (once gathered in a neat circle) with a zip-tie.
- Use Ziplock bags to store individual strands.
And remember, when you are taking down the Holiday display, don’t forget to inspect cord-ends for breakage, and check for general wear and tear.