February 2011 Keep-It-Together Checklist Stay calm and in control with Real Simple's monthly to-do list. Sign up to have a manageable list of 4 tasks delivered to your inbox every week. 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! Snack smarter when you’re on the go. In an ideal world you’d have a healthy snack within reach at all times hunger strikes. In reality, sometimes your only option is something from the office vending machine or the food court at the mall. When you’re stuck in that situation, it’s all about making the right choices. And the reassuring news is that there are really good-for-you options out there. For example, choose pretzels over potato chips or a turkey sandwich over General Tso’s Chicken. Find out the best picks for each location so you can snack smarter next time. done! Prevent damage when washing your clothes. Don’t let your sweaters come out of the washing machine with mysterious holes or snags. Make sure you zip up zippers and close clasps to keep them from catching on other garments. done! Make your passwords more secure. Cut down on your identity theft concerns by coming up with passwords that are easy to remember, but still keep your private info safe. done! Send an unexpected Valentine’s Day card. Spread the love and send a greeting to someone you haven’t seen in awhile. done! Learn to shop smart for wardrobe basics. When shopping for the pieces you wear everyday, sometimes it makes sense to invest in quality. But sometimes taking the designer route (and splurging) doesn’t make much of a difference. Follow this guide to learn whether or not to spend on t-shirts, hosiery and lingerie, black pants, and more. done! Shop for parsnips. Now in season, these white root vegetables (that are in the same family as carrots) are a good source of vitamin C, folate, and potassium. They are delicious when roasted with other root vegetables or mixed with mashed potatoes. done! Organize your kitchen. Are your spices spilling over? Do your drawers look like a tornado struck? Try these 24 easy organizing tips to restore order in your kitchen. done! Have a happy Valentine’s Day. No matter how you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, take a few minutes to enjoy the stories of these seven couples who have been together for more than 50 years. done! Update your bedroom. Whether you’re in need of a better night’s sleep or just looking to make your boudoir a bit cozier, updating your bed can make a big impact. Opt for a new mattress, which will make the biggest difference in how well you sleep. Next, find the right pillow. Depending on how you sleep (on your side, stomach, or back), will require a different thickness of pillow. Choose new linens, which can play a significant role in creating the right mood for your room. And last but not least, add simple decorating touches to complete your room’s transformation. done! Plan a dinner party. Hosting friends for dinner doesn’t have to be an overwhelming affair. Follow our Stress Less Dinner Party plan for an easy and impressive gathering. done! Shop for furniture now. Retailers will be debuting new styles of home goods in the spring, so they are clearing out inventory now to make room. You can expect savings of up to 60 percent. done! Stay healthy. The end of flu season is just around the corner. But until warmer temperatures arrive, keep your family from getting sick with these six easy strategies. done! Sneak in 20 minutes of exercise. In the midst of juggling work, tending to family obligations, keeping your home organized, and managing to occasionally see your friends, it’s easy to let staying in shape fall by the wayside. Luckily there are just six moves that can help you get toned in no time. You’ll need a chair, exercise or yoga mat, and some dumbbells. Once you’ve completed your simplified workout you might even have a couple minutes leftover to relax. done! Redecorate without breaking the bank. Making small changes in your home doesn’t require spending a fortune. Try any of these 11 ideas that won’t cost you a dime. done! Find the best tinted moisturizer for your skin. If foundation weighs you down, but you still need some coverage (who doesn’t?), opt for a tinted moisturizer. And be sure to pick one with SPF. done! Save time with frozen appetizers. Whether you entertain a little or a lot, stocking up on a few boxes of frozen hors d’oeuvres can make entertaining stress-free. Progress saved Progress SavedYour progress has been saved**You've changed this checklist.**Remember to save your progress.