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Home Renovation Checklist

Don't let a hammer anywhere near your house without following these steps.

Make a wish list.In one column, put your wants. In the other, your needs. That way, when faced with tough choices down the line, you’ll have a clearer picture of your priorities—what has to happen now and what can wait. (A second bathroom upstairs might be a must; a stainless steel Viking range, maybe not so much.)

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Ornament storage box

Attic Organizing Checklist

  • Assess the clutter.
  • Donate or toss.
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Mail and pen

Mail-Organizing Checklist

  • Create an in-box.
  • Set up a recycling bin.
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White towels

Linen Closet Organizing Checklist

  • Assess your closet.
  • Rejigger the height of your shelves.
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Food on a shelf

Pantry Organizing Checklist

  • Assess the contents.
  • Store foods systematically.
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Shelving unit

Basement Organizing Checklist

  • Assess the clutter.
  • Donate or toss.
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Green hangers

Clothing Closet Organizing Checklist

  • Edit your wardrobe.
  • Decide what to store.
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Plastic hangers

Closet Organization Checklist

  • Install double rods.
  • Add a valet hook.
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Bed and nightstand

Organizing the Bedroom Checklist

  • Stock the nightstand drawer.
  • Use under-the-bed space.
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Tire

Organizing the Garage Checklist

  • Assess the clutter.
  • Donate or toss.
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White towels

14 Things to Do Before Houseguests Arrive

  • Have a spare key made.
  • Make the bed with clean sheets.
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Interior of a dollhouse

Home Buying Checklist

  • Decide how much you can spend.
  • Check your credit reports to find out your status.
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Castoffs

Before-You-Sell Checklist

  • Collect all the components.
  • Make everything look like new.
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Purple paint on a paint brush

Budget Decorating Checklist

  • Paint a piece of furniture that needs freshening up.
  • Paint one wall.
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Three keys

Sell Your Home Checklist

  • Make small fixes.
  • Decide whether to work with an agent or self-sell.
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General Tools 10-inch Hawk one-hand ratcheting pipe wrench

13 Tools Everyone Should Have on Hand

  • A putty knife
  • A standard flat-nose claw hammer
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Illustration of woman looking at a price tag

Tag Sale Supplies Checklist

  • Clear signs.
  • Money to make change.
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Cardboard box

Moving Checklist

  • Sort and purge.
  • Research.
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Bag filled with gardening supplies

Start-a-Garden Checklist

  • Assess your exposure.
  • Designate your planting areas.
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Newsletter checklist

How complete is your makeup bag? Be sure to stock these 15 essentials.

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