Dear Heloise: I've been a fan forever and even have all of your mother's books. Honestly, I don't think I could function without your hints.
We are on the road with our travel trailer several months every year, and I have finally found the perfect way to make sure we are available to our family and friends at home. We have them leave a MESSAGE ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE! I call about two or three times a week to check messages. This saves calling around to make sure there isn't some burning issue we need to address at home.
Please keep up the great ideas using our favorites: vinegar and baking soda! -- Jeanne Klittich, Fillmore, Calif.
Thanks for sharing your great travel hint. It's always good to stay in touch in case of emergencies at home.
Note: As a safety precaution, don't say on your message that you are not at home or are out of town. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I reuse the plastic bags from the dry cleaners by tying shut the little hole at the top where the hanger goes through and using the resulting bag for the carryout (lightweight -- H) trash. -- Dorothy Smith, Akron, Ohio
Here are some other uses for dry-cleaning bags:
Wad and use them to stuff pouf valances.
Use as filler in packages you are mailing.
Stuff several in a purse your are not using to keep its shape.
Dear Heloise: Here's a hint just in time for the imminent gift-giving season.
Whenever I have a large number of presents to wrap at Christmas and for my children's birthdays, I wrap them starting with the very largest and work down to the smallest.
Why? Because wrapping a large present can produce small pieces of wrapping paper that frequently can be used on smaller gifts, like videos and books, whereas the reverse tends to not be true. The pieces that are left from small gifts are much less likely to fit a larger gift. -- Jeff York, Houston
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