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Bracelets make it easy to hang scarves

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: Instead of stuffing a drawer full of scarves, I now hang them neatly with my bracelet collection, also formerly relegated to a drawer. Amy Brooks of Morganton

Smart move for curling iron storage

Here’s a great tip from The Family Handyman magazine: Say goodbye to messy-looking curling irons lying on the vanity or toilet tank. Instead, use hook-and-loop tape (known as Velcro to many) to attach 5-inch lengths of 2-inch-diameter PVC pipe to the vanity door to hold them. Do the same with 3-inch pieces of 1 1/2-inch-diameter pipe to hold the cords. Just measure your curling irons to see how long your holsters need to be. Let curling irons cool before you stow them.

New comics make great gift wrap

When the new and improved Charlotte Observer daily color comics pages appeared, I immediately thought of gift wrap. Eulada P. Watt of Charlotte

New Prize: ‘I’m So Clever’ book

Send your tip, address and phone to or Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, NC 28230-0308. The best idea wins an “I’m So Clever” book. Order a copy at for just $5.99, plus shipping. Also available at Park Road Books, Blackhawk Hardware and Belmont’s General Store.

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