SCRAMBLED EGGS IN A MUG: Use a big microwave-proof mug. Grease the mug with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Add one to two eggs and a splash of milk. Stir and add whatever omelet/scrambled egg fixings you enjoy. Microwave on high for one to two minutes, stir, and microwave again for one minute. It’s great to make eggs for myself without dirtying a pan.— Laurie F., Massachusetts
KILL ANTS: Borax can be used if mixed 1/2 Borax and 1/2 sugar to kill ants. It does a great job. This is for exterior use.— Paul D., e-mail
PIN DISPLAY: I enjoy all of your hints, so I though I would write and tell you one my mom came up with. She tried to find something to display all the pins that she wears on her scarves. Nothing was big enough, so she started wandering and looking in stores to come up with a way for her to see them all. She found a cat scratching post with a big bottom so it wouldn’t tip over. She then cover ed it with 2 socks so that there was something to pin to. She pinned all of her pins on it and put it on her dresser in front of the mirror. She can now see them all and easily find the one she wants. Even the heavy ones stay in place.— Spring G., e-mail
STAY WARM : Invest in a water bottle. Add hot water. Put the water bottle in your bed to warm it up. Many stores sell them with nice cozy covers available, too.— Kim K., Pennsylvania
DRIED ROSES: When we were dating, my husband used to buy me roses for various occasions. I saved them all. Then when we got married, I scattered the petals on the table around the wedding cake at the reception.— Cindy, e-mail
STORAGE TIPS: I usually buy large containers of all of the following (because the price per ounce is cheaper) and break them down into smaller containers. I store the large containers in my basement on shelves, where I keep my stockpile. The vinegars, hot sauces and oils get downsized via funnels into old clean soy sauce bottles that fit nicely in the cupboards in my kitchen. Some I leave the shaker top on, others I want more of a flow, so remove it. I label well so I can grab the right one quickly. Spices go into old clean spice bottles via a funnel that was cut from the top of a water bottle. The mouth of the bottle fits just right inside the smaller containers.— Darlene B., New York
DECLUTTER TIP: Whenever I need to start a major purge, I start somewhere easy. My favorite place is the plastic container drawer in the kitchen. Seeing one area decluttered and tidy makes me excited to spread it around the house. I usually leave clothes and keepsake stuff until I’m further along in the decluttering groove. It is an emotional thing, and I have to be in a ruthless mood to not want to save everything I ever liked at one point.— Constance, New Jersey
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