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Corkboard protects door in a tight parking space

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: I live in a townhome that has a narrow two-car garage. For the car parked on the left, it’s always difficult to open the doors to get in or to get out, as the door almost always butts up to the garage wall. To avoid chips on the driver’s-side door, I put self-sticking corkboard on the garage wall where the door would hit it. It’s thin and shock absorbent and prevents chips. And the placement of the cork board acts as a guide on how far to pull in. Heidi Kramer, Charlotte

Newspaper works, too!

I use maps and magazine spreads to wrap gifts of all kinds. This is a spread from the National Wildlife Federation magazine. Anne Marie Radke, principal, Piedmont Middle School in Monroe

Electric razor trick

Norelco razors are hard to clean. I use a spray from a compressed air can. Problem solved. Ed Pappert, Charlotte

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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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