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! 

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

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!) 



  1. erica October 22, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Totally going to do this! Thanks for the tip!

  2. Jess Barbuto October 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I do this, it works so well!

  3. Claudia October 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Such a great tip! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Abby October 30, 2013 at 7:37 am

    This is such a good idea! I should do this Christmas when putting away the lights again.

  5. Sarah Zemke October 30, 2013 at 10:17 am

    This is a great idea! Half of my battle is always unraveling the lights before even getting them anywhere near the tree!

  6. Michelle B November 2, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I think I need reminded of this every year. I still end up stuffing them into a bag!!! Reminder, please, in January :)

  7. Abby November 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I will have to try this!

  8. Erin I November 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    This is a great idea! I usually roll them into a ball. I know it sounds odd, but it actually works. Just take one end and start rolling it around itself until the whole thing is rolled up. That way they pack pretty small and when you go to hang them it’s fun to unroll the ball! But, I do really like this idea, too!

  9. Cassie November 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    My dad did this too when I was little! He also used to do it with the Christmas tinsel streamers.

Comments are closed.


Subscribe for news, discount codes on our silly candles and other fascinating info.