If the empty paper towel roll is not long enough, a study empty wrapping paper roll works very well. Also, I save all those twistie ties that come in packaging. They are so nice and long and sturdy and come in handy to store decorations.
I've also notice it's well worth taking the time to carefully pack the decorations for the next year. It makes it so much easier when you get them out the following year and you just want to decorate and not mess with sorting everything out.
LOL, like Clark Griswold on Christmas Vacation with his mess of outdoor lights that his son stands there holding. *You checked every bulb right Rusty, yeah sure dad* NO!