Now thatare over, it's time to clear away the . Build your future self-confidence and neatly put the fairy lights away to avoid tangles and frustration next December. Here are six easy ways to get the job done without much extra effort.
It is tempting to grab a rope and wrap it around your arm, as soon as you pull it by the arm, the entanglements begin.
The solution? 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 slot at one end. Insert one end of the strand lightener into the slot and wrap the long edge of the box until the light goes out. You can even double by connecting two or three strand softeners per cardboard box.
When finished, insert the loose end into the plug to hold it all together.
Use the Box
For An even simpler solution is to use the box in which the lights were delivered, if you still have them. Just wrap the string around the box instead of stuffing it back in. To prevent the skein from slipping, stick a wooden skewer through each end of the box.
If you do not have enough cardboard on hand, but some have excessive hangers, you can use those instead. Take one of the loose ends of the skein and hook it through one of the strap holders. Then, while keeping the strand taut, start wrapping it vertically around the hanger and keeping it as clean as possible.
When you're done wrapping, either hook the other end into the other strap holder or put it in the other end of the strand. Then you can hang them in the storage cupboard. How convenient.
The first time you took the strands out of the box they had come in, they were probably tied together with a tie strap or rubber band and held together a little more time-consuming. The advantage is that it is even less likely to get tangled up.
To re-focus the lights, grab one of the lights near one of the ends. Next, take a light on both sides and group it. This will give you two lights at one end and a light at the other end. Continue firing every other light until the strand runs out. Wrap the loose ends around the middle of the bundle and connect the plugs.
Use a Cable Reel
Another option is to purchase a reel that is normally used for long extension cords. They come in different styles, but the premise is the same. There are big string reels with a handle that can hold hundreds of meters of string, or you can find a spindle with a handle. They range from just a few dollars to a price of $ 70 (£ 52 or AU $ 90).
Join all the strands together and attach one end of the light strand to the roller and turn until the strand is fully wound. Next year you can simply rinse the beach lamps when it's time to decorate for the holidays.
Roll in Plastic Sheets
The above methods work best for standard lamps. However, if you have icicle lamps, you may find that wrapping methods are not enough. However, there is a simple trick that works very well for icicles.
Buy a 30 cm long plastic roll. Roll out a plastic film that matches the length of the string lights and cut the plastic sheet from the roll. Lay the wire on the plastic film and roll up the plastic film and the wire lamps. This prevents the icicle strands from tangling and bundles everything neatly in a plastic plate.
If you plan to use them next year, roll up the plastic and you'll have a perfectly entangled icicle lamp.