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Make Cardboard Storage Spools for Your Holiday Light Strings
Next up: How to store Christmas lights. Here’s a great way to recycle cardboard and keep your strings of holiday lights from getting tangled when you store them. Just use strips of cardboard and cut out a slot on each end to make a ‘spool’ to keep the lights from slipping off.
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Dowel Ornament Storage
Use dowels inside a storage bin for organizing your holiday ornaments when the season is over. Measure the length of your bin from one lip to the other; then cut a wooden dowel into two or three pieces of that length. Hang the ornaments on the dowels and hang the dowels on the lip inside the bin.
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Testing Holiday Lights
There’s a way to test (and fix) the entire string of holiday lights without testing each bulb individually. Try the LightKeeper Pro (www.lightkeeperpro.com). It’ll identify and oftentimes fix most problems in miniature and icicle light sets (but not the sets of larger lights or LED lights) with a few squeezes of the trigger.