The winner: I love to use the plastic containers for apples from Costco to store my Christmas ornaments. They’re a good size and very sturdy. That way, I don’t have to even wrap delicate, precious ornaments. They stack well for storage until the next holiday rolls around. Recycling is important to me, so I love these containers. Pat Gatlin, Charlotte
Old shower curtain becomes new tarp
When I change out my fabric shower curtain, I keep the old ones to use when I trim bushes or gather leaves. The fabric shower curtain is light weight, water repellent and slick. Leaves will not stick to the fabric and slide right off for easy clean-up. Susan Spencer, Vale
Line up opening on travel mug
To keep your eyes on the road while searching for the opening in the top of a travel mug, attach a small raised object to the mug where your thumb usually rests. On mine, I put a small piece of flexible magnet with a sticky back. Line up the lid opening with the magnet. When you reach for the mug, put your thumb on the magnet; the opening in the lid will be lined up perfectly. Pat Simpson, Monroe
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