As we all prepare for the Christmas holiday the to-do list of items gets longer and longer. One of the most dreaded tasks of the holiday season is hanging Christmas lights. However, it wouldn't be Christmas without them. The sparkling of the lights and the warm glow they give your home from the street is priceless.

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The best time to hang your outdoor Christmas lights is when the weather is warm and you are not battling the rain or snow. Now we are not telling you to hang your outdoor lights in the summer but it is safer and easier to hang your lights before the weather starts working against you. Also, make sure to test your lights before you start hanging them. It sounds simple but it will save you time and energy if a strand of lights that is not working. You will also want to make sure you have enough lights to cover the area that you are decorating. Be sure to take into account the windows, doors, shrubs and trees. Once you get started here are a few tricks to give you the best looking house on the block:

  • Attach light clips to strands of lights prior to getting up on the ladder
  • Use zip ties to secure strings of lights to the trunks of trees or awkward spaces
  • Use white strands on trim and green lights on bushes to conceal the cords
  • Consider using an outdoor timer to save energy

Once it is time to take down your lights don't forget to store them properly. Use plastic hanger or even a hose reel to store lights and keep them tangle free until next year. Another great idea is to use clear plastic bins for outdoor wreaths or lawn accessories. The clear plastic bins allow you to easily see what is inside and are easy to store.