HELP­FUL HINTS

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST/TELEVISION - Send a money- or time-sav­ing hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San An­to­nio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email Heloise@Heloise.com

DEAR HELOISE: My mother uses this sim­ple but very help­ful kitchen idea: She puts a large plas­tic bowl in her sink and fills it with warm, soapy wa­ter for clean­ing her dishes or rins­ing them be­fore putting them in the dish­washer.

This uses less wa­ter than fill­ing up the sink with soapy wa­ter be­cause the bowl is smaller than the sink.

Af­ter wash­ing/rins­ing all her dishes, she dries the plas­tic bowl and stores it un­der her sink un­til the next cleanup af­ter a meal.

I liked the idea, so I bought a plas­tic bowl for my­self and have started us­ing it.

— An­gela in Texas DEAR READER: Sim­ple wa­ter sav­ings. Soak es­pe­cially icky dishes and sil­ver­ware in the bowl, too. Let the wa­ter do the work and save time and scrub­bing.

DEAR HELOISE: It’s sum­mer­time, and time to change purses. I like to down­size and lighten up my bags. I just can’t lug around a heavy bag, and sum­mer is the per­fect ex­cuse to lose weight (at least with my hand­bag — ha!).

So what’s left af­ter I lighten up? In my sum­mer bag, which is a small, can­vas cross­body with a light-beige lin­ing so I can eas­ily see my things in there, I keep a com­pact wal­let with my debit card, driver’s li­cense (ID) and cash.

Also, a few tis­sues, a pocket mir­ror and my fa­vorite lip­stick go in the main com­part­ment, along with my phone and keys. I clean out all shop­ping lists, re­ceipts and other pa­pers nightly.

Sum­mer is a sim­ple time, and I like to go small with my hand­bag as it’s less to worry about. I’m won­der­ing what your read­ers carry in their bags?

— Alice A. in Colorado DEAR READER: Yes, read­ers, join in the con­ver­sa­tion. What do you carry in your bag? And car­ry­ing heavy hand­bags can be a pain in the neck. Se­ri­ously, light­en­ing up your purse can pos­i­tively af­fect your pos­ture.

The av­er­age weight of a wo­man’s purse, ac­cord­ing to one study, is just over 6 pounds. Pic­ture a bag of sugar hang­ing off your shoul­der. That’s heavy. Lighten up.

DEAR HELOISE: To save space in my closet, I pur­chased chil­dren’s hang­ers for hang­ing my trousers. They are nar­rower and don’t take up as much space as adult hang­ers. — De­spina M., Weir­ton, W.Va.

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