Dear Readers: Students will be GOING OFF TO COLLEGE soon, and many for the first time. Here are some helpful hints for parents and students:

* Your dorm room is your new home, so bring pictures of friends and family as a nice touchstone.

* Coordinate with your roommate (if you can) on who is bringing what. You don’t need two TVs, etc. This will save a lot of space.

* Bring cleaning supplies! (They usually are not provided.) Keeping your room clean throughout the year means less work when you move out.

* Check for sheet size. Most dorm-room beds are twins, but they are EXTRA LONG. Look for “dorm-room sheets.”

* Are microwaves, candles, coffeepots, etc., allowed in the rooms? Many dorms do not allow them for safety reasons, and they have special designated “kitchen” areas.

For more helpful hints and a college packing list, visit my Web site, Have a great year! -- Heloise



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE



Dear Heloise: I was trying to pack light for a short trip. I managed to reduce the amounts of most facial products, but the problem was a large bar of facial soap. A trip to my cosmetics counter to purchase a smaller size was unsuccessful. During the drive home, I wondered what Heloise would do. When I got home, I sliced a travel-size piece off the bar with a kitchen knife. Thanks for the inspiration! -- Margaret, via e-mail

Good for you! When I give speeches to charity and convention groups, I try to remind them “Put your Heloise hat on and figure out the solution.” -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I found an empty tin can (vegetable size) to be one of the most useful tools in my kitchen. The can serves many purposes, such as cookie cutter. With the can held in the same position, it is fast and efficient when used to break up hamburger for browning. It works well when used to cut up leftover cooked potatoes for frying, and it chops eggs beautifully for egg-salad sandwiches. -- Lorraine in Montana


Dear Heloise: I made a daily list of things that needed to be done around the house. The problem was, I never knew what had been done and what hadn’t. I took the daily lists and laminated them. I bought some inexpensive white-board markers and hung the list in the kitchen with the markers next to them. When you do a chore, cross it off. Now there is never a question on what has been done. -- A Reader in Texas


Dear Heloise: When I take clothes into the dressing room to try on, I place all the hangers facing one direction. Once I have tried something on, I flip the hanger to face the other direction. This allows me to quickly see what I have and haven’t tried on. -- A Reader in Pennsylvania

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