Every year I attempt to roll up the lights for my Christmas tree in a way that will make them easy to get out the next year, but the next year, inevitably, they're all tangled up and I have to spent time pulling them apart.
Okay, they're not quite as bad as that picture, but they're not great.
My usual method is the same one that works well for extension cords... I hold one end in my hand and then start looping the cord from my handle to elbow. Once I'm done with the entire cord, I slide it off my elbow and I've got a the cord wrapped in a circle. While this does indeed work fine for extension cords, I'm guessing the problem with doing this for lights is that the cord isn't smooth... it's got all those lights sticking up off it, after all, and I think everything it's getting tangled and not wrapped as tightly as a result.
Does anyone have tips for better storing these so that they're easy to get out the next year?