spool and reel for xmas lights
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Tangle-Free Christmas Light Storage

In a battle between a decorator and a wad of tangled lights, the lights will almost always win. "Use a piece of masking tape and a permanent marker to label each strand. Your note can indicate how long it is or where it was used for easy replacement next year," advises Schneider.

Once that's taken care of, wrap the stands securely to prevent bulb breakage and tangling. The case shown here provides 2 reels inside of an insulated, zippered bag. Each reel holds up to 100 feet of lights and the removable spools make it safe and easy to maneuver around your tree or entry garland when relighting.

About $40; Christmas Lights Etc
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