Dear Friends: Here are three good hits from Bea D. of Garland, Texas:
1. I use a plastic divider tray to "save" glass jars. If it doesn't fit on the tray, I send it to my recycle bin and out of my cupboard.
2. I use a plastic dishpan to hold all of my small, plastic storage containers. In one step, I can see all the sizes available rather than having to pick and choose.
3. Because I choose to keep the covers to my large bowls separate, I numbered the cover and the bowl it fits with the same number using a felt-marking pen.
Numbering containers and lids is a favorite hint in my office! It ends all the endless searching for the matching lid. One of my assistants said that because she has a lot of cupboard space, she stores the bowls with the lids on them. -- Heloise
GIANT RUBBER BANDS
Dear Heloise: I just read your hint about pantyhose on my daily e-mail. (Visit www.Heloise.com for information about Heloise Hint Home Delivery.) I have additional uses. I cut out the waistbands and used them as giant rubber bands to hold large boxes shut for storage. Also, I use the waistbands to replace the loose and worn-out waistbands in pull-on slacks. -- Linda, Via E-mail
Old pantyhose are also good to polish and shine boots or shoes, or to use as a disposable dust rag. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I have never written to you before, but the people who have been the beneficiaries of this idea have loved it.
How do you get rid of the mounds of small, plastic shopping bags from grocery and department stores that seem to collect for months on end? Use them as packing around gifts that you send through the mail.
Stuff as many of the bags into one bag until it becomes full, use the bag handles to tie off the top, squeeze the tied bag to compress it and then stuff it into the gaps between the stack of gifts that you pack for shipping.
Use as many of these bags as you need. Once they all expand after the shipping box is sealed, nothing moves! I've packed some very large boxes this way, and it ships great, it's economical, and you're recycling. -- Mark Brooks, Goshen, N.Y.
Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or you can fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise(at)Heloise.com.
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