I'm pretty sure I spotted this tip in Real Simple Magazine last month and I said "DOH!" out loud in the dentist's waiting room.
I have always used a modified version of Martha Stewart's "in and out" method. Rather than wrapping the branches in lights like Martha does, I simply push the lights into the center then back out. I always layer my lights - first small clear twinkle lights, then small multi-colored twinkle lights, then large clear bulbs, and last, large colored bulbs.
During this process I circle the tree about 1,001 times. But then I read this tip about stringing the tree up and down and it was like the Heaven's parted and the Angels started singing! Hallelujah! Up and down! Glory Be!
I tried it last night and it was so awesome. I stayed in one area of the tree until it was filled then moved on, Holy Smokes! I still layered and did my pushing-into-the-center-thing, but I did it up and down instead of around and around. Like this:
Dude, LOOK at my tree in all it's lighted glory!
So, come on, why don't YOU string your lights up and down, too!
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