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November’s Rosie-do list: Time to get ready for the holidays

This Sept. 28, 2015, photo shows Italian-style roast turkey breast in Concord, N.H. If you're not feeding a crowd for the holidays, then roasting a turkey breast could be the way to go. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

The end of the year is fast approaching which means we’ve got two months left of Rosie-Do tips for your house, home, castle or cabin.

The tips in this monthly series are intended to help keep your home running smoothly. Here are my six recommended to-dos for November:

Take down your sunscreens

The hottest months of the year are history, so take down those sunscreens, rinse them off, wipe them dry and store them in a safe place until next spring. If you’ve got time, wash the windows as well.

Change the filters on your air intakes

Get rid of that summer dust if you haven’t already done so.

If you haven’t overseeded your lawn yet, get started

Try to finish the job before mid-November. You should have stopped fertilizing and watering your Bermuda grass lawn a few weeks ago. Be sure to stop mowing your lawn one week before overseeding.

The day of overseeding, mow the grass as low as your mower will go, preferably down to a half-inch high, and remove the clippings from the lawn.

Test your alarm systems

The holidays are a time to use fireplaces more and light lots of candles. Be sure to test your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms to make sure they’re still operating properly.

Spiff up for the holidays

Have the upholstery and carpets cleaned. Empty out a closet or two for guests and buy luggage racks for the guest rooms.

Ready appliances for Thanksgiving

Clean out the refrigerator. Clean the oven, buy the correct-sized roasting pan if you don’t have one already. Try to get some cooking done in advance.

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