Dear readers: Beware
of what you put in the trash. Did you know it's not illegal, in most
cases, to dumpster-dive or go through trash that is on public property?
This is information you need to know:
Once garbage leaves
your property and is on a public street or land, it is no longer yours!
Anyone driving, walking or jogging by is free to go through your trash.
If it's in bags, they can just scoop it up and take it with them.
A positive aspect,
though, is that many times and in lots of places, residents put
furniture and other usable items such as lamps and appliances out, with
the knowledge that someone may be able to use them. This is a great way
to furnish a first apartment!
But what's on a
receipt, credit-card statement or phone bill? You may not think much,
but that's not so. Don't just throw it away. Stop and think a minute:
What's on there, and what could someone do with this information? Shred,
rip or tear it up before tossing it away! - Heloise
When I go to the grocery store, I bring a permanent marker. I write the
produce codes on the plastic bags I put it in. At the self-checkout,
it's much easier to punch in the code than to find it on the tiny
sticker or search the "find item" option on the register. - J.
Blenner in Las Vegas
Dear Heloise: I
use S-shaped shower-curtain hooks in the closet to hang purses, scarves
and jackets. Better than in a box on the floor. The rings are convenient
for hanging anything. I can grab my jackets quicker when running out and
put them back when coming home from a long day. It is easier to keep the
closet clean if I can hang clothes quickly.
Sometimes I hang
jeans, shirts, etc., on the hooks, and when I have time later, I put
them on hangers.
- T.A. in Ohio
Dear Heloise: I
have a skin regimen that consists of six products that are applied one
after the other, in order. Each product has its own place in the
package. To remember which bottle I used last, I turn the bottle when
returning it to the mold, showing its backside. The bottle with its
front showing is my reminder that it is the next application. At the end
of the line, all products will have their backs showing.
Aloha! How is
Hawaii? Memories of living there as a child always make me smile!
- Lynette in Hawaii
- Mucho mahalo, Heloise
Here is a clever way to reuse those white mail-order bags that many
companies now use to ship your order: When you need to return an item,
simply turn the bag inside out, and you will have a clean, sticker-free
surface to place your returned item in. - Caryn W., Erie, Pa.
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