The winner: When assembling Ikea furniture recently, I used a muffin pan to organize the various screws and hardware for the project. The pan kept all the small parts organized and right at hand. Safia Malik, Clover.
Shoe holders to the rescue again
We have a coat closet between the kitchen and laundry room. I added a couple of extra permanent wire shelves but still needed more pantry space, so I bought two shoe holders and hung them on the coat rack. It makes a great place for snacks, is easy to unload on shopping day and easy to check to see what needs to be bought the next time. Donna VanHoose, Fort Mill
Keep track of hummingbird sightings
I always write down in my calendar when I see the first hummingbird of the season. Then I make note in my calendar when the others arrive, usually a lot later. Now I can look back to see when I should hang my feeders out for the next year. It takes a little of the guesswork out. I hang my feeders with a shower hook for easy removal. Kathy Bumgardner, Denver
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