… from my freezer. If your freezer is like mine, most of the boxes aren’t full. It’s easier to store single items than a half-empty box of ice cream bars, for example.

– Roy R., via email

One thing to be aware of? There can be important info printed on the box: the ingredients list, recipes, the Nutrition Facts panel, and the contact number and address for the company. You can cut off the panel of the box and band it together with the items.

– Heloise


The plain cardboard drink carriers (with a handle) that you get from the takeout window? Don’t throw them away. Here are some uses for them:

• Organize hairbrushes, hair ties, hair spray and other “hair stuff” on a dresser.

• Combine crayons, pencils and art supplies for toddlers.

• Hold a remote and other random knickknacks in the den.

• Use to carry gardening tools.

If you must discard it, put it in the recycle bin, or tear it up for the compost pile.

– Heloise


Before I floss, I run a bead of toothpaste down the floss. The fluoride gets in on the sides of my teeth.

– Ben R. in Pennsylvania

Experts agree that flossing is critical to good oral health. Do you brush first and then floss? You should, because there will be “leftover” toothpaste in your mouth that can go to work in between teeth. Your “bead method” is a good one too, Ben. Ask your dentist and hygienist what they recommend.

– Heloise


I have three wreaths to store until next year. I didn’t want to put them in a bin, as this messes them up and they don’t look as good the following year. I put the wreaths on a curtain rod I wasn’t using and then put the rod ends on coat hangers in the closet. This worked wonderfully!

– Becky G.,

Honobia, Okla.