How to make formal introductions

Following the rules of etiquette. The standard rule is to introduce men to women, the younger person to the older, and those of lesser rank (or importance to you) to those of higher rank. Just say the higher ranking person’s name first. “Mother, this is my friend Julie.” “Dr. Brinkerhoff, may I present Mr. Frank Durr. ” “Debbie, I’d like you to meet Jim Smith. Jim, this is Debbie Donahue.”

How to inventory your house

Making a room-by-room record of your possessions. If your home is burglarized or damaged by fire, an accurate inventory of its contents will substantiate your insurance claim or tax deduction. An inventory also helps you monitor the number, age, and condition of your belongings, making it particularly useful if you move or sublet your home furnished. Companies selling fire and homeowner’s insurance often provide free booklets in which to list household inventory.

How to iron properly; easy ironing

The best ways to iron clothing. Iron washed clothes while they are still slightly damp. Otherwise, spray them with water and roll them in a towel for an hour. When ironing a batch of clothes, do the items that require the lower iron setting first.

When possible, iron dark fabrics, acetates, rayons, and silks on the wrong side to prevent surface shine. Steam wrinkles from wool, or use a dampened press cloth and a light upand-down motion instead of a glide. Iron napped, nubby, embroidered, or appliqued items on the wrong side with a terry towel between the garment and the ironing board.