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5 Simple Ways To Untangle Your Christmas Lights

It’s coming up to that time of year again! The time when you have to get out the Christmas lights and hope that they aren’t in a big, tangled mess. Spoiler alert- they almost always are.

If you’re one of the many people who dreads untangling your Christmas lights each year, never fear! There are a few simple ways to make the job much easier. With just a little bit of time and effort, you can have your lights untangled and ready to go in no time. Here are a few tips and tricks for dealing with tangled Christmas lights.

Step-By-Step Guide to Untangling Your Christmas Lights

Christmas lights
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This can be a daunting task but, with this step-by-step guide to untangling your Christmas lights, you’ll be a pro at it in no time!

Step One – Check Your Lights

First, check the lights to make sure they still work. This step is crucial in ensuring your holiday decorations look their best and that you don’t waste your time untangling broken lights.

To do this, simply plug each strand of lights into an electrical outlet and flip the switch on. If the bulb lights up, then you know it’s good to go! If not, you can typically find spare bulbs at your local hardware store.

Step Two – Preparation 

Taking the time to get your space ready for untangling Christmas lights will make a world of difference and help you to stay organized as you work. Free your area of clutter, so you have plenty of room to spread out your lights.

Before you start untangling the lights, take a few minutes to assess the situation. Start by counting how many strands of lights you have and decide which ones you want to use this year. This will save you time and energy.

Step Three – Untangling

This can be a tricky process, but thankfully it doesn’t have to take too long. To start, look for the plug at one end of the tangled string and start carefully pulling it out from the mess. As you do this, be sure not to pull too hard as this can cause damage and breakage to the individual strands of light.

Gently work your way through until each piece of tangled light is freed up and separated. Once all strings are liberated from their knotty prison, it’s time to organize them properly so they don’t become tangled again. You can lay out each string in its own line on a flat surface or wrap them around your arms like a garden hose – whatever method you find is easier for you.

Finally, decorate! Now you can hang them on your tree or around your home for a magical display that will bring joy and cheer to your holiday season.

Tips for Keeping Your Christmas Lights Untangled

Christmas lights are a holiday staple but keeping them from getting tangled and knotted can be tricky. Here are some tips for making sure your Christmas lights stay untangled during the festive season:

Cord Reel

Cord reel
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A cord reel is a lightweight device that prevents tangling by allowing users to wind their Christmas lights around its reels. This ensures safety by reducing trip hazards as well as keeping cords organized and tangle-free. Plus, they’re affordable and easy to use, making them the perfect solution for any situation.

If you want to take your lighting setup to the next level without any of the hassles of tangled lights, then a cord reel is an absolute must-have! With its simple design and ease of use, you can keep your lights organized and hassle-free in no time. So go ahead – reduce the stress of dealing with tangles and invest in a cord reel today! You’ll be glad you did.


Santa hat with lights in the background on cardboard boxes
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All you need is a rectangular piece of cardboard that is big enough to fit one length of Christmas lights. Cut it so that it looks like an anvil. This will ensure that the lights don’t slip off once they’re wound around it. Once you have wrapped the lights, tuck in the plug under the reel of lights and use a twist tie to secure it in place.

Clothes Hangers

Christmas lights with clothes hanger
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Clothes hangers are an often overlooked but incredibly versatile tool for storing and organizing your lights. They can be used to hang a variety of different light types, from fairy lights to string lights and more. All you need to do is take your lights, wrap them around the hanger and tie the ends over the hook to keep everything in place.

With clothes hangers, you don’t have to worry about tangled wires or having to spend time untangling the mess. Plus, it gives your space a neat and organized look!

Twist Ties

Twist ties
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If you want to store your Christmas lights without having to untangle them every year, it’s a great idea to use twist or cable ties. This will ensure that your lights stay securely in place, and don’t become an unsightly knot of wires!

It’s easy to do: just wrap the lights around your hand until they make loops about 12 inches long. Then secure one twist or cable tie at each end and another in the middle. Store them away safely in a bin bag until next year. They’ll be ready for you when Christmas rolls back around again! With this simple trick, you can save yourself time and hassle on holiday decorating season after season.

Always Be Prepared

Christmas is coming up fast and if you’re like most people, you still have a few things to do before the big day. One of those tasks is probably untangling your Christmas lights. If you dread this job, don’t worry! This list of simple tips can make the process much easier! With just a little time and effort, you can have your lights ready to go in no time. So, take a deep breath, grab some eggnog, and get started!

And be sure to share this article with your friends so they can avoid the hassle of tangled lights too. Do you have any tips or tricks for detangling Christmas lights? Leave a comment below!