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Safety, Self Defense, and Emergency To-Do's
  • In an emergency, call 9-1-1.
  • Check smoke alarm batteries and change regularly.
  • Install at least 4 smoke alarms (only $7 each)
  • Review your fire escape plan.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector
  • Have a multi-purpose 1A+10B+C fire extinguisher handy and know where it is.
  • Eliminate fire hazards from your home.
  • Purchase a home radon test kit from your local hardware store, and check your house for Radon (2nd leading cause of lung cancer).  Ways to eliminate radon.
  • Keep passwords in a central secure location.
  • Verify (safely) that garage door sensor (or electric eye) reverses the garage door if it touches anything.
  • Show family how to turn off the main water shut off valve
  • Add addresses and phone numbers of hospitals and urgent care centers accepted by your insurance to your smart phone contacts list
  • You and your children should take a self-defense class (such as  There are also many self-defense classes online.  Protect yourself and your children from abduction and date rape, watch the movies "Just Yell Fire" (Ages 11-19) and "Just Yell Fire - Campus Life" (Ages 17+) online for FREE both at  VIPER self-defense DVD's (often available at the library) from
  • Learn CPR, contact your local Hospital for upcoming classes.  You can also take a refresher CPR Class Online.
  • Protect yourself from identity theft.
  • Purchase a S.A.M.E. weather radio, here
  • Sign up at your local weather channel's web site for automatic text message weather alerts, see example
  • Wear your seat belt.
  • Don't text and drive.
  • Cook and prepare food safely
  • Symptoms of a Stroke?  Call 9-1-1 or be TAKEN immediately to the hospital.
  • Make sure medicines, vitamins, and any small items (choking hazards) that can be swallowed are kept out of reach of small children.
  • Keep children away from stove tops, oven doors, hot cooking pans, and pan handles.
  • Make sure furniture is leaning toward and anchored to the wall (and is not top heavy) to prevent furniture tip-over injuries to children.
  • Children on 2nd floor should have a safety escape rope ladder available.
  • Check your car's VIN# for important safety recalls on your car.
Recreation To-Do's
  • Schedule vacation / PTO time
  • Practice musical instrument
  • Set the Tivo
Cleaning To-Do's
  • See also How to get Organized
  • Steam clean the carpets
  • Vacuum and steam clean floors, carpets, rugs, drapes, sofa, and under beds.  Vacuuming and dusting frequently removes much of the food supply that dust mites live on.  Use reusable furniture sliders to easily move furniture so you can vacuum and steam clean under them.  When steam cleaning keep funiture legs on reusable furniture sliders until carpets are 100% dry as stain can come off and create a permanent spot on the carpet.
  • Sanitize high-use items (refrigerator door, phones, faucets, toilets, etc.) with a scrub free cleaner
  • Wipe down counters.  Clean mirrors.
  • Use Tilex on shower tile and grout.
  • Use Comet on tubs, sinks, and shower floors.
  • Use CLR on faucets, drain covers, shower doors, shower tracks.
  • Use bowl cleaner on toilets.
  • Put each thing back in its place when done using it
  • Collect recyclables
  • Gather and take out the trash
  • Get rid of (recycle) expired coupons, newspapers, and magazines
  • Lander bed linens in all rooms. Flip mattress every 3 months
  • Throw out old makeup and expired medicine
  • Wipe/dust:  bookshelves, ceiling fan blades, mini-blinds, baseboards, switchplates, tops of window and door frames, and wall air vents.
  • Get rid of cobwebs
  • Shake Out Door Mats
  • Clean kitchen, living room, dining room, family room, playroom, office, bedroom, bath, porch, patio, garage, coat closet, bedroom closets, and basement
  • Never throw away a paper towel or spare napkin without first using it to clean something.  There is ALWAYS something that needs cleaning.  Clean continuously as you see problems.
  • If you clean multiple items with the same towel, always work from top down.  First counters, last floors.
  • Clean your bedroom humidifer (CLR works well).
  • Sweep the garage floor
  • Unclog drains with $3 zip-it (at hardware stores) or drain cleaner
  • Clean window sills and sliding door tracks
  • Clean bugs from light fixtures
Clothes To-Do's
  • Do laundry. Load and unload washer and dryer. Clean dryer lint filter. Hang up clean clothes in closet.  Bleach whites.  Shout or Spray-&-Wash food stains, shirt collars, and underwear.  You can usually remove mildew from towels by soaking in water and 2 cups of cleaning vinegar overnight then wash normally (warning: NEVER mix vinegar and bleach.)
  • Iron clothes
  • Buy laundry detergent, fabric softener, and bleach
  • Create a donation station
  • Put old (too-small) kids clothes in a give-away box
  • Clean out closets and drawers and give unused clothes to charity
  • Sort seasonal clothing
  • Convert all closets to 2-rod double-decker closets
Food To-Do's
  • Eat Healthy.
  • Make a Grocery List and go to the grocery store.
  • Take coupons with you
  • Buy groceries: bread, milk, bread, butter, eggs, soap, toilet paper
  • Learn how to cook a dish, see Recipes
  • Remember to move meat from the freezer to the refrigerator so it can thaw
  • Clean out refrigerator, refrigerator shelves, vegetable bins, freezer, and pantry and throw away old expired food (Food Expiration Guide)
  • Put pen on fridge and write the date on leftovers
Phone To-Do's Scheduling To-Do's Money To-Do's
  • Pay bills
  • Balance checkbook
  • Get Out of Debt.  Live below your means and save for the future.  Many people who appear to be at the top of their game are often drowning in debt.  Be very careful.  Question everything.  Many of the most subtle and most costly mistakes you can make are those involving the financial industry.  Be very suspicious when companies appear to be selling you something that is in "your best interest".  Usually, it is primarily in their best interest.  The land of the free does not mean the land of the fair.
  • Review bank statement and transaction history for problems.   Many banks only give you 60 days to notify them about errors.   Check for duplicate charges, charges you did not make, and missing deposits.   It is normally much easier and much faster to work directly with the vendor on disputed charges or billing errors.   If you file a disputed charge with your credit card provider, this will appear on your credit report.
  • Create your Household (monthly), Retirement, and Children's College budget.
  • Check account balance to make sure not overdrawn
  • Convert all bills to auto-pay (and keep accidental slow pays from hurting your credit (FICO) score.
  • Invest in your company's 401 K plan each year and take advantage of your company's matching program.
  • Invest $5K in a Roth IRA or an IRA each year and save on taxes.
  • Buy/sell stocks, municipal bonds, treasury bonds, etc.
  • College fund contribution (529 plan)
  • Stop at ATM to get cash
  • Receipts: which to keep?
  • Update your will
  • Keep important documents (titles, bonds, passports, ...) and digital backups (CD's, DVD's) in a safety deposit box. Periodically add new important documents to your box.
  • Shred old documents
  • Cancel old memberships
  • Cancel old credit cards
  • Redeem your credit or debit card rewards
  • Check with your insurance agents to find out about available discounts
  • Clean out purse, wallet, and briefcase
  • Keep track of certificate of deposit maturity dates
  • Order more checks
  • Check your credit report.  Also use credit report info. to cancel old credit cards.
  • Refinance your home mortgage
  • Plan for retirement
  • Utilize your company's benefits
Career To-Do's
  • Get a better Job
  • Go to School and get a college degree
  • Make sure your professional licenses, professional certifications, and training are kept up-to-date.
  • Get appropriate certifications
  • Use your company's tuition reimbursement program to take appropriate classes
Event To-Do's
  • Purchase gifts, cards, stamps, gift wrap, gift bags, tape, scissors, bows, ribbon, and to/from cards for birthdays, holidays, weddings, anniversaries, showers, and babies.
  • Wish people happy birthday
Sweetheart To-Do's Restaurant To-Do's
  • Choose a Restaurant
  • Get reservations
  • Call ahead wait list
  • Coupons
Return To-Do's
  • Return library books or renew online
  • Return rented DVD's
Kitchen To-Do's
  • Wash dirty dishes
  • Load/unload dishwasher
  • Wipe down counters in kitchen and bathrooms
  • Discard expired food items and expired canned food items.
  • Clean appliances:  refrigerator, microwave, stovetops, oven, toaster, range exhaust fan
  • Straighten magazines, mail and other items on surfaces
  • Have a recycle station
  • Clean behind the refrigerator
Pet To-Do's
  • Buy food, treats, toys
  • Set out food and water for pets
  • Walk the dog
  • Clean the litter box
  • Take pets for veterinary checkup
  • Take dog for haircut
Home Improvement To-Do's
  • Install wood floor
  • Replace/repair:  windows, driveway, roof, wood floor, deck, sink faucets, shower nozzle
  • Re-tile floors
  • Install weatherstripping
  • Insulate the Attic for more comfortable house in summer and winter and to reduce moisture in the attic.
  • Replace light fixtures
  • Refinish cabinets
  • Stain base boards
  • Restain floors
  • Replace linoleum floors
  • Paint walls and ceilings
  • Hang Pictures
  • Install motion sensor outdoor light
Home Maintenance To-Do's
  • For a complete Home Maintenance guide, click here
  • In winter, make sure windows and storm windows are closed completely and check for leaks.
  • In summer, open storm windows.
  • Check thermostat setting.  Replace furnace filter.  Optimize settings on the programmable thermostat for comfort and energy savings.  Have heater and air conditioner serviced.
  • Change batteries in TV remote control, smoke alarms, garage door remote control, flashlights, computer mouse, clocks, watches, camera, calculators, Wii controller, portable CD player, toys.
  • Check central humidifier setting. Replace central humidifier filter
  • Call electrician, plumber, painter, exterminator, chimney sweep, handyman
  • Replace light bulbs
  • Oil hinges and locks
  • Replace Toilet flapper
  • Fix leaking faucets
  • Replace washer hoses every 5 years.  Broken washer hoses can result in severe house flooding.  Often not covered by insur.
Health To-Do's
  • Prevention is the best medicine.   Over 70% of chronic illnesses can be prevented by lifestyle changes.
  • See also Organize your family's health status and health information
  • Stop smoking.  "In the US, men have a 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer, and for women the risk is 1 in 3."
  • Eat Healthy.  Everyone (esp. those who are overweight) should watch the 4-part series The Weight of the Nation.  Go to Grocery List at
  • Get enough sleep
  • Drink enough water
  • Exercise or visit a local Fitness center (many companies have wellness programs and fitness center discounts)
  • Order & Pickup Prescription Refills
  • Take your prescribed medicines, vitamins, and fish oil
  • Get a physical each year for you, your spouse, and your children and consider these screening tests
  • Avoid Health Care Costs
  • Flu shots
  • Lab tests (blood, urinalysis)
  • Protect your family from Zika.
  • Colonoscopy
  • Mammogram breast cancer screening
  • Pap smear
  • Men's prostate cancer screening
  • Lipid Profile Cholesterol testing and mgmt.
  • Blood sugar glucose testing and mgmt.
  • Get rid of expired medicine
  • Always drive safely and wear your seat beat.
  • Use a humidifier (in winter) to reduce dry skin and improve respiratory health.  Ultrasonic humidifiers are wonderfully quiet and won't interfere with your sleep.
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension) testing and mgmt.  High blood pressure is the #1 risk factor for stroke.  Strokes are the leading cause of disability in the United States.
  • Monthly breast cancer self exam
  • Wash hands.  Keep hand sanitizer at work, home, and in your car
  • Have health insurance (at least major medical)
  • Keep an up-to-date record of your families health information
  • Protect your sexual health (Statistics 1, 2 and Info)
  • Replace old tooth brushes
  • Wash hair brushes
  • Get a vision eye checkup.  See eye doctor every five years, and every year after age 40
  • If you are over 50, have high cholesterol or a family history of heart disease, a Coronary Calcium Scan is an excellent, low cost, screening test (typically $40-$70)
  • Sunlight is a major cause of skin aging.  Protect yourself by staying out of the sun and using a sunscreen with a high SPF.
  • Wear a pedometer to insure that you meet the recommended 10000 steps each day.
Dental To-Do's
  • Checkups and cleanings every 6 months for you, your spouse, and your children
  • Floss
  • Replace your old toothbrush
Computer To-Do's
  • Organize your computer files
  • Back up your computer files and digital photos
  • Answer your emails
  • Buy/install printer ink
Camera To-Do's
  • Re-charge your still camera and video camera
  • Organize your family photos and videos
Beauty To-Do's
  • Haircut
  • Teeth whitening
Parents To-Do's
  • Check childrens' homework
  • Pick up and drop off children at school
  • Keep watch over children waiting for the bus
  • Get a rubber stamp with your kid's name and put their name on all their stuff
  • Keep children safe. Check their play equipment.
  • Children's health check ups and dental cleanings.
  • Coordinate activities for your kids
  • Give children appropriate chores
  • Attend parent-teacher conferences
  • Baby/pregnancy
  • Toddler/Youth/Teen chore charts
Shopping To-Do's Lawn and Garden To-Do's
  • Before you dig, call 811,, 800-DIG-SAFE, 800-344-7233.  They will need 2-3 business days to mark underground utilities.
  • Work supplies: Gloves, Hat, Sunscreen, Water
  • Mow grass (pull weeds first)
  • Plant grass seed.  Overseeding on flat ground really doesn't work.  Grass seed needs to be planted under a little tilled soil to really do well.  Seed depth can provide excellent protection against hot summers and cold winters.  Near trees, use a shade grass seed and water frequently, because the trees will frequently pull all the moisture out of the ground.
  • Plant flowers and shrubs
  • Pull weeds
  • Water indoor and outdoor plants
  • Put plant fertilizer spikes in indoor plants
  • Spread fertilizer and weed killer
  • Put tree fertilizer spikes in ground
  • Add dirt around perimeter of the house so rainwater will drain away from the house so it does not cause the foundation to sink and crack.  Be sure to go outside during a heavy rain to watch where the water is going.
  • Rake leaves
  • Shovel snow
  • Clean gutters. Verify that downspouts and splash blocks are properly moving water away from the house. Clean window wells.
  • Change lawn mower oil and replace lawn mower air filter once each season.
  • Sharpen lawn mower blade.  Some hardware stores can do this for you for about $10.
  • Buy firewood or charcoal
  • Paint house exterior, siding, and trim
Mail To-Do's
  • Bring in mail from the mailbox
  • Get rid of junk mail
  • Go to post office
  • Buy Stamps
  • Drop off packages/mail
  • Pick up packages/mail
  • Track packages/mail
  • Renew or apply for a passport
Misc. To-Do's
  • Do touch-up painting on walls and doors
  • De-fuzz bathroom vent fans
  • Lubricate squeaky doors
  • Get rid of old paint and other hazardous materials
  • Clean the gutters
  • Wash windows
  • Fix screens
  • Oil Garage Door Torsion Spring and Pulleys
  • Spot clean walls
  • Fix caulk and tile around bathtub, sink, and shower

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