Dear Heloise: Like so many of us, I too have downsized and/or realized our daughter doesn't want all of our "stuff." So, before I get rid of things that have sentimental value to me (in yard sales and things of that nature), I take a picture and put it in my "smile folder" on my computer. I realized that it wasn't touching the items that brought me joy, it was seeing them and the memories they evoked. So I can look at the pictures and still have the memories. -- Rebecca M., Westfall, Pennsylvania
GIFTS FOR THOSE DOWNSIZING
Dear Heloise: For Betty, and the rest of us seniors, who are downsizing and have clutter:
Family and friends want to give gifts, and they feel weird about coming empty-handed on birthdays and holidays. We solved this problem in our family by only giving out consumables like gift baskets of food or a a special treasured sweet. You could even give tickets to a movie or another favored event. -- Marj Casswell, via email
TUB SAFETY HINT
Dear Heloise: I have a safety hint for seniors taking a shower in a tub. Step into the tub -- before turning the water on. It makes it easier to secure your footing that way. I enjoy reading your column in the Winchester Star, in Winchester, Virginia. -- Penny, via email
FIBERGLASS TUB CLEANER
Dear Readers: To make a fiberglass shower look great, wash it with a mixture of 4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved into 1 quart of water. Or apply it onto a damp sponge for scrubbing action.
As you may know, baking soda can be used for cleaning and deodorizing. I have put together a six-page pamphlet called "Heloise's Baking Soda Hints and Recipes," which you can easily receive by sending $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001.
FYI: Fido's bed a bit stinky? Sprinkle baking soda over it to keep it smelling fresh between washings. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: As a daily reader of your column (in the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California), I feel compelled to pass on this information.
I received two separate calls asking for donations -- to help support our police officers and another to support those who have breast cancer. I listened very carefully this time (since I receive such calls often), and I heard the person say very quickly, "... and the politicians who support our cause." Since, I do not send money to politicians, I was wondering whether the donation was actually going to help the cause or if it was really going to the politicians, who they do not name.
So, I reply that I cannot help them at this time and ask to have my name removed from their call list. They said they would. We seniors need to be careful with where our money is going. Thanks for your ideas and sharing other ideas and hints from your readers. -- Kathy Varga, Riverside, California
Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to HeloiseHeloise.com. I can't answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.
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