Print Email April 2009 Keep-It-Together Checklist Stay calm and in control with Real Simple's easy-to-follow monthly to-do list. Get it delivered to your inbox every month. Save this checklist! Progress Saved Your progress has been saved **You've changed this checklist.** Remember to save your progress. See Your Saved Checklists | All Checklists done! Examine your backyard play equipment. Pieces made of wood, in particular, can get damaged during the winter. Sand or cut off any splinters, and look for rotting at the base, which could weaken the structure. done! Look for tax deductions. Are you a contact-lens wearer? Did you make a clothing donation? If so, you may be able to deduct those expenses on your taxes. done! Clean out your dryer’s lint filter. In honor of Earth day, free lint bunnies—a dirty lint filter can use 30 percent more energy to get the job done. done! Stay dry during April showers. Don't get caught in the rain—again. Check out these eight stylish and functional protectors. done! Save a life. April is National Donate Life Month. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood donation. So why not take an hour out of your day this month to give blood? Visit givelife.org for more information. done! Get a vacation packing primer. Make it your spring resolution to stop overpacking. Before your family heads out on spring break, learn how to maximize the space in your suitcase. done! Stock up on asparagus. Head to the produce aisle to pick up this delicious in-season vegetable. Then, whip up quick and easy recipes like Real Simple’s Asparagus-Goat Cheese Pasta or Steamed Salmon and Asparagus in Parchment Paper. Progress saved Progress SavedYour progress has been saved**You've changed this checklist.**Remember to save your progress.