Declutter coutertops by removing appliances you don't regularly use. Replace ordinary spice containers with glass jars with metal lids. Install an under-the-cabinet magnet strip and store the jars there, freeing up counter space.
For an easy centerpiece or mantel decoration, fill a large glass vase with nuts. Walnuts, almonds and cashews, which are available in most grocery stores this time of year, can be mixed and matched or used alone.
Just in time for holiday travel — not to mention rough travel — take the car in for an oil change, new wipers and have the tires checked too. Any questionable noises, knocks or shakes should be looked into now.
George Washington wasn't just the first president elected — he also started today's holiday by calling for a national day of thanksgiving in 1789. It was Abraham Lincoln who officially declared Thanksgiving a national holiday.