Before you decide to toss a tangled mess of Christmas lights into a plastic bin in the garage, you might want to consider a better storage strategy for those flickering holiday light strings.
Keeping them un-tangled is easy enough—this coffee can strategy is a cheap and easy way to store Xmas lights—but it's also important to keep colored lights stored year-round in a dark part of the house.
Why? Just like well-worn bumper stickers and the side of your sofa that faces the window, colored Christmas lights are vulnerable to fading in sunlight. Blue, green and purple holiday lights, especially, are quick to lose their bright colors.
You can ward off faded Christmas lights by storing them in a dark place. Trade out your clear storage bins for opaque ones, and keep them stashed in a dark room. Or go for a super-pro storage bag like this LightRack light keeper with cord-control spools built in.