Dear Heloise: Looking for a way to pack Christmas ornaments, I found that the sturdy, divided boxes that wine comes in work great. The 12 sleeves hold a lot of ornaments and are just the right size. I put as many large ornaments as would fit in first and then filled the top with a few smaller ones so all would be secure when the lid was closed. Small holiday candleholders, etc., wrapped in paper filled up the rest of the box. -- Carol, via e-mail

Start collecting them now! You even can spray the boxes with holiday colors so they will be easy to identify. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Please help! I was ironing a shirt the other day and accidently scorched it a little bit. Is there anything I can do to remove the scorch marks? -- A Reader, via e-mail

Depending on how bad the scorch marks are, you might be able to “lighten” them. Use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and a clean, white terry cloth to gently buff out the singed area. Repeat the steps several times, and the mark should lighten. Be sure to test a hidden area of fabric first. If the garment is heavily scorched, it may not be salvageable. Have other stains you need help with? I have compiled a list of stain solutions in my pamphlet Heloise’s Handy Stain Guide for Clothing. To order a copy, send $5 with a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Stain Guide, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Check the care labels on all garments — the label should have ironing instructions listed. If not, the garment probably will not need ironing. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Tired of using the toilet tissue at rest stops, we save the “end of the roll” at home. Flattened and placed in a snack-size baggie, it easily fits into pocket or purse and makes travel stops more pleasant. We keep a bag of these “handy packs” in the trunk of the car when traveling. -- Mary Ellen in Mississippi


Dear Readers: Here are some simple keyboard shortcuts that will help when using your PC:

* Ctrl + A will select the complete text.

* Ctrl + X will cut selected item.

* Ctrl + C will copy selected item.

* Ctrl + V will paste in selected item.

* Ctrl + Home will go to the beginning of the document.

* Ctrl + End will go to the end of the document.

Every computer is different, so check your owners manual to verify that these will work. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I am a big fan of yours. I eagerly open to your column in The (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gazette.

Our ex-daughter-in-law was over for dinner, and she put a pasta scooper in the pot of mashed potatoes. It worked perfectly for scooping out each person’s portion. -- C.C. in Colorado

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