I'm So Clever

Cheap and easy solution for organized storage

The winner: I like my closet to be neat and organized, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune on fancy decorative boxes. Instead I purchased storage file boxes and created cute labels for them on my computer. Voila! Cute storage at a reasonable price! When we moved cross-country, I just sealed up the boxes, and they went into the truck already labeled and ready to put on the shelf in my new closet. Karen Poppen, Huntersville

New use for deodorant

If you suffer with poison ivy like I do, all you need to do is apply Ban roll-on to the affected area and it stops the itching, blistering and further spread of the rash. Connie Mele, Waxhaw

Nail polish helps with smartphone repair

I dropped my cell phone and damaged a corner of the screen. The initial cracks in the screen began to spread and made the screen hard to read. I had a bottle of light blue L.A. Colors “ultranail hardener” and I applied a light coat to the screen. It not only stopped the cracks from spreading, it also made the screen easier to read. In addition, I lightly rubbed an acetone-soaked rag over the screen and it made the repaired area barely noticeable.

Sheldon Hanft, Charlotte

Clever warning: When it comes to working on your cellphone repairs, proceed at your own risk.

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