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Dreams, roses on HGTV

If you're awake at 7 a.m., tune in to HGTV to watch The Making of the Rose Parade 2005, a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put together the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Or sleep in and catch it at 10 a.m., followed at 11 a.m. by the 116th annual parade from Pasadena, in which the Seminole High School band is marching. At 7 p.m., HGTV's Dream Home 2005 unveils the custom home the network will give away in its annual sweepstakes that last year attracted 36-million entries. This year's dream home is a 6,000-square-foot ranch house on Lake Tyler, Texas; preview it at www.hgtv.com.

Let it be resolved . . .

Something like 88 percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions. Topping the list: losing weight, saving money, quitting smoking, getting a better job, getting organized and exercising more, according to www.goalsguy.com.

Quick paint-roller cleanup

If a painting project is on the list of chores for the new year, take a look at the Roller Wizard, which power-washes your paint roller in the sink. Simply insert the roller (handle and all) into the washer, connect the hose to the faucet (adapter included), and spin the manifold until it picks up speed, moving it up and down to wash the roller thoroughly. Shut off the water, turn the manifold clockwise and the roller dries. Price: $29.99; www.rollerwizard.com.

No more missed birthdays

Sit down with your 2005 calendar and mark birthdays, anniversaries and other important dates. If a festive occasion occurs at the beginning of the month, put a sticky note on the month before reminding you, "Mom's birthday, Aug. 2," so you get no rude surprises when you turn the page. The organized among us will stock up on birthday and get-well cards now, and the really organized will have them addressed and stamped and ready to go. Home management expert Deniece Schofield offers this tip: Jot down a list of the cards, gift wrap and other holiday items you stocked up on at the after-Christmas sales and staple it to the November page. When you start thinking about the holidays next fall, you won't waste time and money buying things you already have.

_ Compiled from staff and wire reports by Homes editor JUDY STARK

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