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Corkboard can quell the clutter

I'm So Clever
What a smart stocking stuffer! More than 450 thrifty tips from readers are compiled in our 'I'm So Clever' book that is on sale now.

I'm So Clever
I'm So Clever is compiled by Observer assistant features editor Roland Wilkerson. Send your tip, name, address and phone by email or mail to Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, N.C. 28230.

The winner: In the kitchen, I glued corkboard to the inside of the cupboard door above the phone. We keep business cards, appointments, important phone numbers, repair company cards, etc. It keeps everything convenient, yet uncluttered. Guerry Russell, Charlotte

Earring ideas keep coming

I wear a lot of small stud earrings that are hard to find in a travel jewelry pouch. I solved this by purchasing a 7-day pill container and presto – each has its own compartment, easy to see, easy to pack. Nancy La Forgia, Charlotte

Date replacement filters

When I replace the filter in our refrigerator I use a permanent marker to write the month installed where it is clearly visible. That way, you know when it’s time to change it out. Jim Price, Huntersville

Win a Clever T-shirt

Send your clever tip, address and phone to or Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, NC 28230-0308. Each week the best idea wins an “I’m So Clever” T-shirt.

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