While we are in the depths of winter, cleaning up and organizing inside becomes a priority.

A reader from Illinois said a friend found a handy tool to organize unruly desk drawers – a silverware tray.

They wrote: “She had a silverware tray and her assorted pens, pencils, colored markets ... all sorted into different sections. She can instantly get what she needs.”

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A reader from Oregon suggested painting over the inside tag of the shoe with clear nail polish before taking them out for a test walk. “This way, the information cannot wear off and you can always look up the shoe size!”

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A reader from Nevada suggested pinning a plastic bag to a bedside when someone is stuck in bed with an illness, instead of getting germs on a waste bin.

If you have hints to share, drop Paula a line at PennyWise, Box 518, Kadoka, SD 57543-0518 or email pennywise@goldenwest.net.

Paula edits the monthly newsletter, “PennyWise,” from her family’s diversified farm and ranch operation on the edge of South Dakota’s Badlands. If you have hints to share, drop Paula a line at PennyWise, Box 518, Kadoka, SD 57543-0518 or email pennywise@goldenwest.net.

Paula edits the monthly newsletter, “PennyWise,” from her family’s diversified farm and ranch operation on the edge of South Dakota’s Badlands.