Dear Heloise: I have a question about the best way to STORE SWEATERS. I purchased some clear totes and thought of keeping them in those with some moth cakes. Would this be the best way to store them? -- Julie V., via e-mail
If your totes are plastic, then that’s not the best way to store your sweaters for the long term, but if it’s just a seasonal thing, then you probably are okay. And moth cakes really don’t kill moths; they are supposed to repel them. If the clothes are clean and in a well-sealed container, then there is no need for moth cakes — which smell pretty bad, by the way! Before packing away the clothes, wash or dry-clean them, making sure there are no stains. You can roll them to prevent creases.
Sweaters need to be kept away from moisture, so don’t store the container in an attic or a basement, if possible. Find a closet, storage space underneath a bed or some other area in your home with the same temperature, etc., as your bedroom. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I often mail photos to some of my relatives. I have found a trick that helps the photos get to their destination unbent. I place the photos (I usually send only one or two at a time) in a card with a quick note. Then I take a piece of thin cardboard or card stock that I have saved, cut it to size and place it in the envelope as well. It gives the photos extra support. Just be careful -- depending on how much you put in each envelope, the postage may go up. -- Leslie in San Angelo, Tex.
NO BURNING FINGERS
Dear Heloise: When I heat a small dish of food in the microwave, I used to put the item in the center of the microwave. When it was done, I had to take out a hot dish. I discovered a better way. I put the item to be cooked off to one side. When it is done, I slip a hot pad into the microwave on the opposite side and quickly place the dish on the hot pad. -- W.W. in Salem, Ore.
SAVE FROM SPILLS
Dear Heloise: I have a small child, and spills on the floor are a common occurrence. To help save our carpet, I place a large blanket on the floor in the room we are in most. It easily can be picked up when we have company or if it needs to be washed. -- A Reader in San Antonio
Very smart! Works with some pets, too. -- Heloise
KEEP IT STRAIGHT
Dear Heloise: When hanging a calendar, the top two corners tend to fold over. I punch the hole on each month a little lower and slide a plastic slide bar used to hold term papers together over the top to keep it straight. -- R.D., Hondo, Tex.