How to Store Christmas Light Strands

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “how to store christmas light strands?” and provide you with insights on how you can enhance your christmas ornaments storage and make use of minimal space while maximizing storage.

How to store Christmas light strands?

You can store Christmas light strands by drying them, wrapping them around a wire wheel, a can or a tissue paper roll and putting the cord in the middle.

There are many other ways you can store your Christmas lights to make it easier to use without having to detangle them the next christmas. Those include the following.

Cardboard cut-out

While it is tempting to grab a strand and just start winding it around your arm, as soon as you pull your arm out of the wound lights, the tangles begin.

The solution to this is to use the same concept, but replace your arm with a rectangular piece of cardboard. Cut it to about the size of a magazine and cut a slit in one end. 

Slide one of the ends of the strand lights in the slit and begin wrapping around the long edge of the cardboard until you run out of lights. 

You can even double-up by interlocking two or three strand lights per piece of cardboard. Once you are finished wrapping, plug the loose end into the plug to hold everything together.

Use the box

An even simpler solution is to use the box the lights came in, if you still have it. Simply wrap the cord around the box instead of stuffing it back inside. 

To keep the strand from slipping off, stab a wooden meat skewer through each end of the box.

Clothes hangers

If you don’t have enough cardboard on hand but you do have some excess clothes hangers, you can use those instead. Take one of the loose ends of the strand and hook it through one of the strap holders. 

Then, while keeping the strand taut, begin wrapping it around the clothes hanger vertically, keeping it as neat as possible.

When you are done wrapping, either hook the other end in the other strap holder or plug it into the other end of the strand. Then you can hang them in the storage closet. 

Use a cord reel

Another option is to purchase a cord reel, typically used for long extension cords. They come in several different styles, but the premise is the same. 

There are large cord reels with a handle that can hold hundreds of feet of cord, or you can find a spindle with a handle. 

Connect all your strands together and attach one end of the light strand to the roller and spin it until the strand is completely wound. 

Next year, simply unspool the strand lights when it’s time to decorate for the holidays again.




Roll in plastic sheets

Research. The above methods really work best for standard strand lights. But if you happen to have icicle lights, you may find wrapping methods do not suffice. 

However, there is a simple trick that works really well for icicle strands. Buy a 1-foot-wide (30-centimeter) roll of plastic. 

Roll out a length of plastic sheet equal to that of the strand lights and cut the plastic sheet from the roll. Place the strand on top of the plastic sheet and roll the plastic sheet and strand lights together. 

This will keep the icicle strands from tangling and bundle everything neatly inside a sheet of plastic.

When you are ready to use them next year, unroll the plastic and you’ll have a perfectly tangle-free strand of icicle lights.


In this brief article, we answered the question, “how to store christmas light strands?” and provided you with insights on how you can enhance your christmas ornaments storage and make use of minimal space while maximizing storage.


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