Hints From Heloise

 

Oct. 22, 2014

Heloise

 

One person's trash ...

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

 

Save time

Dear 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

 

Closet organizer

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

 

Easy reminder

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.
- Lynette in Hawaii

Aloha! How is Hawaii? Memories of living there as a child always make me smile!
- Mucho mahalo, Heloise

 

Green hint

Dear 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.


*Send a great hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio,  Texas 78279-5000 or email to heloise@Heloise.com.


 












 

 

 

 





















 


 

 

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