Putting the tree and decorations up is an essential part of getting into the Christmas spirit.
But it’s difficult to feel festive when you’re flying into a rage because your fairy lights are one, big ball of tangled wire.
It happens to the best of us – but what can we do about it? How can we beat those pesky lights without getting stressed?
In 2015, Tesco hired an official ‘Christmas Lights Untangler’ in their Wrexham store to assist customers having trouble with their decorations.
(Yes, that’s an actual job. You can read more about it here).
Anya is spent four weeks at the store offering a helping hand to those in need. Here are her top tips for untangling lights.
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1. Get in the right frame of mind
“Make sure that you’re not stressed at all when you’re untangling your lights. Take a step back, maybe put on some Christmas music, make yourself a cup of tea.”
2. Assess the job
“Try and find an end point and make your way backwards from there.”
3. Ensure you have plenty of space
“Start on a flat surface. Loosen your lights as much as you can. Spread them out and that will help you a lot in your unravelling.
4. A helpful tip…
“Use a pen or a pencil to help tease out any knots that are getting in your way – then you can spread out your lights a little more evenly.”
5. Keep it neat
“Keep the lights that you’ve already untangled in a straight line so you don’t undo all your hard work.”
6. Think ahead
“Pack your lights away properly this year – then next year, you can have an extra half-hour on the sofa.”