Staying healthy and taking care of yourself isn’t as easy as it seems. Responsibilities, social activities, and other obligations make it easy to skip appointments until it’s too late.

Luckily there are many things you can do to stay on top of your self-care routine. Here are some of the things you only need to do once yearly.

10. Check Your Credit

Knowing your credit score can help you set financial goals and figure out if there’s anything you need to do to improve it. Your credit score can determine everything from what type of apartment you can rent, to interest rates on your loans. As a bonus, you can also check for possible identity theft.

9. Get a Home Inspection

There are different types, but a termite inspection in particular can prevent future damage. Home inspectors can also check the status of your roof, air conditioning units, and your home’s overall structure. Their tips could save you money in the end.

8. Change Your Smoke Detector’s Batteries

By far one of the simplest and cheapest things you can do to prevent a catastrophe.

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7. Throw out Old Makeup

Makeup actually has expiration dates, and your old containers can collect bacteria. Good Housekeeping offers tips that can help you figure out if your makeup can still be used or if it should be thrown out to prevent infections.

6. Check Your Car

You may actually need to check your car more often if you drive a lot. If you don’t use it much, it’s a good idea to check your car’s health (filters, oil, brakes), and you should definitely get your wheels aligned at least once a year.

5. Get Your Carpet Cleaned

And take care of your rugs and furniture’s upholstery as well. Carpets can gather bacteria that cause smells. There are plenty of businesses that can do it for you, or you can rent a carpet-cleaning machine so you can do go the DIY route.

4. Get a Checkup

It’s a great idea to get an annual physical to spot potential problems – in fact, it is widely recommended, although there is some evidence that it may not be entirely necessary. But…don’t mess around with your health; this is one area where you are much better off safe than sorry.

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3. Get Your Eyes and Teeth Checked

You may not necessarily need an annual physical, but you do need to have your vision and teeth looked at least once a year – really, you should be getting your teeth cleaned twice a year (you really don’t want to mess around with your teeth). It’s also good practice to book an appointment with a dermatologist annually.

2. Take Your Pets to the Vet

Your pets are adorable, but they can’t tell you if their needs are changing. A vet can do a full physical and blood work so you can make sure your beloved pet stays healthy for as long as possible.

1. Marie Kondo Your House

Examine your home, closet, and living space at least once a year and throw out, donate, or sell things you don’t need.

 

Staying on top of some of these things can go a long way in preserving your physical and mental health. Let us know what you think of these tips, or if there’s anything else you think is worth doing. We’re all ears in the comments!