Have a messy outdoor job you need to tackle? Need a surefire way to keep mice out of your outdoor storage? Or how about those crummy, cheap backpacks that don’t even last through the school year? Today your fellow readers have tips for how to deal with those annoying problems and so much more!

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STURDY BACKPACKS

My sons had terrible trouble with backpacks. Even the expensive ones would not last an entire school season—that’s how hard they were on them. Then one day we went into the Army/Navy surplus store. We found military backpacks (rucksacks) that wore like iron! In fact, the boys carried them for years—all the way through college. They thought they were very cool. Carole

MICE REPELLANT

While covering my ‘49 Ford for the winter storage, I put a dryer sheet on the floor in the front seat area, one on the floor of the rear seats, one in the trunk, and one under the hood. Mice hate them. No damage to wires or upholstery. Larry

TRASHY APRON

If you have a particularly dirty job to do like cleaning the outdoor grill, taking down dirty window screens or hosing down the patio furniture before storing away for winter, make yourself a disposable apron: Take a large garbage bag, cut holes for your head and arms and slip it over your clothes. You may look a little weird, but you’ll protect your clothes and save yourself a lot of time and trouble later. Roy

STORAGE MAP

If your storage space is limited and you have to stack several boxes on top of each other, make a diagram on an index card and keep it in a handy place. When you go to look for something you’ll know exactly where it is. Store items towards the front that you’re more likely to use often with less-used items at the back. Lucille Read more