The winner: I have found the perfect holder for pens that often get lost inside a purse. And crochet needles, too! I also keep small paint brushes and when I travel, even jewelry, which I can take with me everywhere. If the case does not close tight, wrap a piece of tape around the narrower edge.
Jacqueline Gomez, Charlotte
New use for old batteries
When batteries have lost enough energy to effectively power more demanding devices like toys and flashlights, they can be swapped over to less power-hungry gadgets like remote controls and small clocks until they’re completely drained.
Craig Harmon, Charlotte
Paper shreds make great packing material
I was looking for some packing material for fragile items and noticed a bag of shredded paper in the recycling bin. It worked perfectly. With all the junk mail we get, I have an endless supply. It’s better than saving boxes of bubble wrap and foam peanuts.
Donna Kovalak, Indian Land
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