via Real Simple
It's time to start putting away your holiday decor and Real Simple has a number of article on their website here that gives you ideas and hints on holiday storage solutions.
- Store individual strands of lights in plastic grocery bags. This minimizes the tangles to one strand only. Some how winding the strand around a tube doesn't really work for me. But, this trick never fails.
- Set aside and label a strand that is incomplete to be used for replacement bulbs for next years strands.
- Buy needed holiday items NOW while the sales are happening and store as you put away this years decorations. You can't beat a bag of 100 bows for 10 cents. I just bought a new table cloth and set of 8 napkins for $10 that can be used year round.