April 2010 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! Dust your houseplants. Don’t feel obliged to take a feather duster to your philodendron every time you wipe down the TV screen, but most houseplants do benefit (and breathe easier) from having their leaves cleaned once or twice a year. The quickest way: Pop them under a soft shower, or spray them gently with the garden hose. done! Save on your taxes. Look into lesser-known tax deductions. For instance, if your doctor prescribed a weight-loss program, you can add it to your medical deductions. done! Sit taller. Establish good posture at your desk and sit with your back against your chair and your feet flat on the floor. When you look at a computer screen, your eyes should be level with the center of it. If they aren’t, raise or lower the monitor. done! Run white vinegar through the washing machine. This will sanitize the inside and clear away soap scum. done! Master your blow-dry. Minimize frizz and maximize shine with these easy tips for drying hair: Predry and section your hair, dry the bottom and then the top layers, style the ends, and set with a blast of cold air. done! Maximize your shopping trip. The average shopping trip takes 77.9 minutes. To make yours shorter, go on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning, when malls are least crowded. done! Ease achey muscles. In the hours after exercising, apply ice for 20 to 30 minutes every two hours. Compress (wrap lightly in an elastic bandage) and elevate the area. done! Save time during kitchen prep. Wipe the dust off of your food processor and employ it to slice potatoes, grate carrots, puree peas, and make short dough. Need to come up with a quick science project with the kids? done! Save money on Twitter. Subscribe to the following companies so you never miss an online deal again: @amazondeals, @overstock, @cheaptweet, and @couponbot. done! Stock up on multipurpose products. Add Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Pure-Castile Liquid Soap ($6, drbronner.com) to your bathroom cabinet. This multiuse soap cleans hair and skin and even laundry, dishes, and floors. And pack Smith’s Rosebud Salve Tube ($6, beautyhabit.com) in your purse to soothe chapped lips, paper cuts, ragged cuticles, and rough heels. Progress saved Progress SavedYour progress has been saved**You've changed this checklist.**Remember to save your progress.