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11 Steps to Organizing the Kids' Room 

A well-organized room offers two big benefits: Kids can find what they’re looking for fast, and the room stays neater because everything has a place. 

Make a mess.Start by dumping all the toys on the floor.

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New Baby Supplies Checklist

  • Bassinet
  • Changing table and changing pad
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Questions to Ask Aging Parents Checklist

  • Do you want to live in your house for as long as possible? Are there things we need to do to your house so it’s safe and comfortable for you as you age? Can we make some of those changes now?
  • Are you willing to move into a smaller place that’s easier to manage, like a condo? When?
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Childproofing Checklist

  • Check the crib.
  • Install window guards.
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9 Ways to Childproof Your Gadgets

  • Install filtering software on your computer.
  • Enable SPAM filters on your kids’ e-mail accounts.
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Back-to-School Supplies Checklist

  • 1 art smock
  • Change of clothes for spills or accidents
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New Dog Owner Checklist

  • Select a breed.
  • Scout your new pet.
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Pet-Sitter Hiring Checklist

  • Research boarding options or sitters.
  • If you plan to board your pet, visit your top two or three choices.
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New Cat Owner Checklist

  • Select a breed.
  • Scout your new pet.
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Babysitter-Hiring Checklist

  • Network.
  • Prepare a contact sheet.
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Cleaning a Nursery or Child's Bedroom Checklist

  • Remove the padded topper.
  • Wipe down all sides of the changing table.
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Child’s Away-From-Home Birthday Party Checklist

  • Discuss with your child what kind of party he or she wants and whom to invite.
  • Pick a date.
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Child’s At-Home Birthday Party Checklist

  • Discuss with your child what kind of party he or she wants.
  • Decide whom to invite.
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Kids' Road Trip Essentials Checklist

  • Books, magazines, and comics
  • Games, such as the license plate game or travel bingo
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This Is Your Summer Bucket List

  • See a movie at the drive-in
  • Walk on the boardwalk and listen to the boards creak under your feet
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Fun Fall Activities Checklist

  • Go apple picking
  • Go leaf-peeping
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Fun Winter Activities Checklist

  • Have a snowball fight
  • Build a snowman
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Fun Spring Activities Checklist

  • Plant something green
  • See the cherry blossoms
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