Clean kitchens and French toast twists
Dear Heloise: My mother always said to make your bed in the morning and don’t leave dirty dishes or glasses in the sink. Doing this keeps my workload down for the day and makes my home feel neater and more organized. — A reader in Austintown, Ohio
Reader, and my mother would add, always hang up clothes rather than throwing them on a chair or the floor. Put items to be laundered in the hamper or laundry basket. When you take something out of a cupboard, put it back rather than leaving it on a counter. — Heloise
GIFT WRAP IDEAS
Dear Readers: I love to find unique gift wrapping. Here are a few suggestions on what you can use:
* Deflated foil party balloons.
* An old map.
* Aluminum foil, shiny side out, covered by a sheet of colored, plastic wrap.
* White wrapping paper can be personalized with stencils, colored markers, crayons or stickers. — Heloise
FRENCH TOAST TWIST
Dear Heloise: I’ve found a delicious way to make French toast. I take a little chocolate syrup and mix it with the egg coating. Before serving, I mix a little chocolate to the maple syrup and drizzle it over the top. Sometimes, instead of adding chocolate, I add some vanilla to the batter for a change of pace. — Betty in New York
NEW FROM OLD
Dear Heloise: I had an old dresser that was handmade by my great-grandfather. It had been passed down in the family and is very special to me. The dresser was in great shape, but the top had been battered, stained and scratched over time. I was going to refinish it, but my husband had another suggestion. He had a piece of marble cut to fit perfectly over the top of the dresser. Not only is it attractive to the eye, it’s easy to clean and gives the dresser a more expensive look. — Addie in New Hampshire
Addie, what a wonderful way to bring new life to a treasured piece of family history. Well worth the expense of the marble. — Heloise
MOVING DAY PREP
Dear Heloise: My family and I recently moved into our new home, and I wanted to share a hint that might make the experience a little more bearable for anyone who has to pack up their belongings. I put the bedsheets, pillowcases, blanket, towel and washcloth for each family member in the drawers of the dresser. When we were finally done moving everything, we knew exactly where to find what we would need for our first night. This is especially helpful when moving day lasts into the evening hours and everyone is exhausted. — Laura in Montana
Laura, thanks for sharing. Moving day is never easy, and it can be so frustrating trying to find what you need when you can finally relax at the end of the move. — Heloise
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