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Hints From Heloise: College choices

Dear Readers: Many college students know that hitting the snooze button a few times is a way to get a LITTLE MORE SLEEP before rushing out the door. Still need a nap later in the day but have chores, too? Here are some timesaving hints:

* No time to make the bed? Invest in nice sheets so an unmade bed still looks semipresentable. At least throw the covers up over the pillows!

* Can’t tell if clothes are clean or dirty? Dirty clothes should be put in a laundry bag or hamper, not put back in the closet/drawer.

* Overwhelmed by stray papers? Baskets and bins can keep them corralled.

* Have vinyl flooring with no time to sweep? Throw rugs are an easy, cheap way to cover the floor. Don’t worry about a vacuum! Take the rugs outside, shake out the dirt and follow with a swipe of a lint roller.

Go ahead and nap guilt-free. You can always do laundry tomorrow! -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Rosena Gerometta of Tyler, Tex., sent in a photo of her pretty gray cat, Baby Girl Gizmo, so named because of her large ears. Rosena says: “My son brought Giz to me as a baby when she was an attention-starved, anorexic-looking kitten with huge eyes. I wouldn’t know what to do without her!” To see Giz, visit my Web site,, and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise


Dear Readers: I was cleaning out some shoes the other day, so I thought I’d share a hint. When deciding whether to keep a pair of shoes or donate them, I put them on (if they don’t fit, to the donate pile they go) and walk up and down the hallway a few times. If they are still comfortable, keep them. If not, donate them.

What about you, readers? How many pairs of shoes do you have? Sandals, boots, etc.? Let me know, along with any other great shoe hints you may have. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I always keep a list of things to pack in my suitcase: chargers, swimsuits, etc. I also keep all chargers in a special pouch so they are easy to find and keep together. I check things off the list as I pack, and recheck so I don’t leave anything behind.

After returning, I put a new copy of the list in the suitcase for my next trip. -- Netter N., Camarillo, Calif.


Dear Heloise: I do many craft projects and use many rolls of ribbons. The problem is that they were strewn all around. Looking for a particular color was quite a chore. Then I came up with a great idea! I now use a couple of paper-towel holders. The rolls fit perfectly on the rod, and they are lined up so that, at a quick glance, I can find the color I need. -- Ruth S. in San Antonio

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Please include your city and state.

2012, King Features Syndicate



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