The winner: My washer and dryer are in a hall closet and I have nowhere to hang our clothes as I take them out of the dryer. We purchased an extendable closet rod and put it in a hallway door whenever we do the laundry. It gives us an instant place to hang the clothes and it stores easily next to the washer and dryer. Problem solved. Joyce Christian, Mount Gilead
Deck umbrella helps shade home
Our kitchen window overlooks a deck and receives the hot western sun in summer. We have a table with an umbrella. Several years ago I decided to move the table so the umbrella shades the kitchen window! Surprising how much cooler this keeps the kitchen. Plus, I can keep the blind open to see outside! Pam Medlin, Albemarle
Wine bag doubles as shoe holder
Moving from a townhouse to a one-bedroom with a small closet took some doing, especially if you are a shoe lover. I ran out of room with the standard shoe storage, so I bought two of the heavy-duty stick-on hooks from Lowe’s and attached them to the back of the door. Then I hung a six-slotted wine carrier on each, so now I have room to store 12 more pairs of shoes! Andrea Jones, Charlotte
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