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Storing Christmas Lights

Next year, don't spend a minute sorting through tangled webs of holiday decorations. Keep lights organized with this easy technique.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2006


  • Scissors

  • Cardboard

  • Plastic storage bin

  • String lights

  • Bubble wrap


  1. Cut a piece of cardboard to fit in a plastic storage bin (our pieces were 20 by 14 inches). Use scissors to cut a 1-inch slit at the top of one long side and the bottom of the other long side of the cardboard.

  2. Secure one end of the lights in a slit, wind lights around, and secure the other end in the other slit. Store stacked lights between layers of bubble wrap in bins.

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