Moving tips

Dear Readers: During the pandemic, lots of people are moving because interest rates are low — upsizing, downsizing, you name it. So much work is involved in a move. Checklists are available online to keep things moving smoothly. Here are some things to think about. First off, shutting off and transferring utilities: water, gas, internet, trash pickup, electricity, cable tv and landline phone (if you still have these).

Be sure to change your address with these people: post office, any subscriptions, the bank, cellphone provider, boss, car, home and health insurance.

Other things you may not think of:

— Donate, pack and throw away your items.

— Schedule somebody to clean your old home and new home.

— Consume/get rid of foods in your refrigerator.

Make a list and write everything down. Stay organized for a smooth move. — Heloise


Dear Heloise: I cleaned out my text messages. Wow! Feels cleaner! — Diana R. in Louisiana


Dear Heloise: In this day of wearing masks, if you wear a reusable mask that doesn’t have a marked front and back side, make sure to mark it. If not, if you wear it one time with X side out and the next time with X side in, you’ll be breathing in everything you kept out last time. Also, be sure to use a bleach solution when you wash them.

The other thing, I hate leaving deodorant in the bottom of the stick package. Does anyone have a way to mold these into a usable stick? It seems like a few days of use are thrown away.

Thank you. I love to read your hints. — Barbara F., Abilene, Texas


Dear Heloise: I’ve noticed this security precaution my neighborhood drugstore is taking. When a person walks into the cosmetics section, an announcement goes off on the public address system: “Customer assistance is needed in cosmetics.”

The person did not ask for assistance, but she is on notice — store personnel may be heading over there.

I’d imagine a lot of loss can go on in the cosmetics department. The items are small, easy to conceal and some are at a very high price point. It’s a good method to discourage shoplifting. — Gina S. in Texas


Dear Heloise: I save the 8 1/2 by 11 papers from junk mail, etc., that are blank on one side. I use it in my printer for documents that I am just going to file away. — William P., via email


Dear Heloise: A toddler blanket makes a good lap blanket for a senior. — Jane R., via email


Dear Heloise: These are good things to always splurge on: shoes and bras. Bad ones can make me miserable. Great ones make all the difference. — Betty D. in Texas


Dear Heloise: In this new era of mask wearing, I can now emphasize my eyes more. I wear a bit more makeup: mascara, shadow and eyebrows. And I’ve discovered that a white eye shadow base makes colors more intense. — Jackie W. in Arizona

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 Heloise@Heloise.com. I can’t answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.


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