Dear Heloise: A reader from Hawaii advised putting keys and change INTO SHOES at the airport X-ray. Please advise your readers not to do this. One of the basic Transportation Security Administration rules is that nothing should be placed inside, under or on top of shoes as they go through the X-ray. This could either obstruct the view or make it seem as if the shoes have been tampered with.

While on the subject, please remind your readers of the other rules:

* Do not bring liquids over 3.4 ounces into the screening queue (unless it is medicine or necessary for babies).

* Take large electronic items out of the carry-on and place each one in a separate bin.

* Have your ID and security document in your hand, ready to go, as you enter.

* End phone calls prior to entering the screening process.

* Do not stop on the other side of the X-ray to reassemble your belongings.

If everyone would become more familiar with the rules prior to traveling and follow these hints, the lines would move much faster. -- A Reader, via e-mail

Thank you for your hints! After contacting the Transportation Security Administration, an employee said that it is not against the rules to place items like keys and change in your shoes while they go through X-ray. But it is recommended that you place keys and change in a separate bin, like you stated, so that it doesn’t cause anomalies on the X-ray and require you to go through extra screening. -- Heloise



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Dear Heloise: Here’s a simple, inexpensive way to help keep your basement cool during the summer. Buy white foam poster boards (available at office-supply stores). Set them on the inside window ledge, propped against the windows that get direct sunlight. They block the heat from the sun, while letting in enough light to see by. They can easily be taken down and put back up as desired. A big help during the hot, hot summer! -- Gail M., Washington, D.C.


Dear Heloise: I am always trying to de-clutter. I have too much stuff and not enough space. When I am watching television or a movie, I will take a drawer or box and go through it. I throw away what I don’t want, make a donation pile and keep what I really need. I don’t get overwhelmed trying to do too much at once, but the house stays clean and organized. -- Liz in Alabama

Have you been peeking in my den? I lay out a newspaper, dump a drawer, go through it, then roll it up with the “toss” items and put it in the trash. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Many mornings, I don’t know what to wear. I look in my jewelry box. I see things I have not worn in a while, and it inspires me to pick the jewelry, then the outfit that coordinates. -- Corrinne in Universal City, Tex.

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