HINTS FROM HELOISE
DEAR HELOISE: I really enjoy your column and the “ Just for Kids” section. I have always wanted to write in to you, so now I am.
— The big erasers in my pencil case have gotten black from being near the pencil lead. When I need to erase something, the eraser just smudges the paper and makes it worse. So my mom used a serrated knife to cut off the top layer of my eraser. Now it’s clean and works again!
— At the end of each school year or the end of a class, like home economics, I put away all the supplies I used so that I can use them again the next year. I put them in a box and clearly label it so I can find the contents when I need them.
— Sometimes I have items that are crowding my room, but I am still attached to them and would feel bad selling them. I put everything in a box and date it. Then I set a goal, maybe until the next garage sale. If I have to open the box before then to use something in it, I keep that thing. If I don’t, then I sell everything. It’s a good way to test whether or not you really use the items.
— A good way to display collections like marbles or shells is to put them in small glass jars and line them up on a shelf or on a windowsill. Then they look pretty, and everyone can enjoy them.
— Sometimes families have extra paint from building projects lying around in basements or garages. If it isn’t being used, consider donating it to schools for the art and wood- shop classes to use. Extra materials are usually very welcome, as they make more projects possible.
M.M.R., Canton, Ill.
Thank you, M. M. R., for sending in your “ Just For Kids” hints.
This special feature has been running in my Sunday column for more than 26 years and is very popular. It’s a space within the regular column where kids can share hints that appeal just to them and others of their age group.
Many grown- ups ( and others) may think some of the hints are a little silly or simple, but this column is meant to help ALL of my readers — young, old, male and female — no matter the subject.