30 Things Everyone Should Keep in Their Home

Consider this your ultimate checklist.

When you've prepared for the unexpected, you can embrace last-minute guests or accidents without feeling like your life is spiraling out of control. Stock your home with these essentials — covering safety, home care, cooking and entertaining — and you'll be prepared for just about any surprise situation.

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In Case of Emergency

For the health and safety of your family, it's important to keep the following items in your home.

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Safety: First Aid Kit

"It goes without saying that you should have a fully stocked first aid kit in the kitchen," says home inspector, engineer and contractor, . "Keep one for emergencies and one for daily use. That way you'll always have one that doesn't have stuff missing."

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Safety: Power Outage Essentials

"Having properly working flashlights could play a critical and vital role in the case of a short-term or long-term power outage — make sure you have multiple on hand," says interior designer . Other essentials: Bottled water, candles, batteries and canned food.

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Safety: Fire Extinguisher

"Keep a handy in the kitchen, in the garage or carport and in the second story area, if your home has more than one level," says Turner. That way, you'll be prepared no matter where the emergency takes place.

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Safety: Carbon Monoxide Detector

"Carbon monoxide is known as an 'invisible killer' because it's a toxic gas you can't see or smell," says Emily Long, a home safety expert with . "A can alert you to the presence of the gas and help you get to safety immediately. Install these on every level of your home."

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Safety: Tarps

" come in different strengths and sizes and can be used for various applications," says Hobbs. "In the case of an approaching or current storm they can be used to secure those items that may become airborne."

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Safety: Whistles

"Keep handy on each floor and tell members of the family to blow them if they spot something going wrong fast, such as fire breaking out or a bear breaking in," says Turner. "Decide what the triggers are so everyone knows. If you're by yourself they are handy for getting attention from emergency responders."

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For a Speed Clean

If your closet is equipped with these items, you can clean up your home before a spur-of-the-moment party or tackle spills as they happen.

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Home Care: Broom and Dustpan

"I like an angled-bristle broom (one longer end makes it easier to clean in corners) and a , so they're always together when you need them," says Donna Smallin, author of  and .

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Home Care: Microfiber Cloths

"These are often sold by the bag. They're fabulous magnets for dirt and grease. Use them wet (squeeze them really hard to get most of the water out) or dry," says Smallin.

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Home Care: Rubber Gloves

"No matter if you're cleaning your oven or have some 'dirty work,' are your protective gear," says Cyrus Bedwyr, a professional cleaner at . They'll also make cleaning less daunting, since you won't feel like you're wearing your home's grime for hours afterward.

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Home Care: Cleaning Wipes

"This is helpful if you have to clean your bathroom before guests arrive," says Powers. After all, these make wiping down sinks, countertops and toilets mess-free. 

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Home Care: Squeegee

"If you want perfectly clean windows and mirrors, you can't go without a . The investment is totally worthy, especially if you have high and hard to reach glass panes," says Lauren Haynes, cleaning and home organizing expert at .

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Home Care: Baskets

"Baskets help you transport and store all kinds of stuff and they help with decluttering," says Bedwyr. Plus, when unexpected guests show up, you can fill a basket with items you don't want them to see and stash it out of sight.

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Home Care: Rags

"For the really dirty work you can use anything from old clothes to towels," says Bedwyr. "Just throw them in the washing machine after you're done and have it ready for the next cleaning."

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Home Care: Vacuum

Determine your needs before purchasing. "If you have a lot of pet hair, you want to look for one well-rated for that. If you have allergies, get one with a HEPA filter. If you have to carry it up and down stairs, the weight will be an issue. If you have arthritis, look for an ergonomic design that's easy on the wrists," says Smallin.

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Home Care: Scrub Brush

"There are some persistent stains that can only be tackled with the good old ," says Bedwyr. Because nothing ruins a presentation more than a stained dish you couldn't get completely clean. 

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Fast Dinner Fixes

When you need to pull together dinner fast, these tools will help you make just about any recipe.

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Cooking: Sharp Knives

There are very few recipes that don't require using a single knife, which is why chef and cookbook author  says a sharp set is a must-have. Her favorite: "A set of , including a chef's knife, a paring knife, a slicing knife and a bread knife."

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Cooking: Pots and Pans

When it comes to your pots and pans, Garten prefers and says every size isn't a must-have, but all of these are: "Small and large sauté pans, small and large lidded pots and a large stockpot."

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Cooking: Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowls

"Try finding them at a . I also have a set of 10 clear glass bowls that you can get at Williams-Sonoma," says Garten. Both are easy to clean since they're one color and therefore you'll be able to see spots right away.

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Cooking: Utensils

These basic tools should be corralled on your counter, but the good news: They don't have to be expensive. "I have whisks and measuring spoons all from a restaurant supply place — they shouldn't be fancy," says Garten.

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Cooking: Half Sheet Pans

According to Garten, these are some of the most functional cooking tools she owns. "They're , each with a one-inch rim. I use them for roasting vegetables, baking cookies and brownies and lots of other tasks," says Garten.

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Cooking: Roasting Pan

In this case, go large: "You can make something small in a , but you can't make something big in a small one," says Garten. Makes sense!

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Cooking: Blender

" today are not just for making milkshakes, they are now very multi-functional and come in handy for making everything from soup to ground nuts and more," says Dawn D. Totty of .

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For Last-Minute Guests

Here's everything you need to host visitors when they show up without warning.

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Entertaining: Stocked Bar

"My old-school list will allow you to make any drink that's worth drinking," says interior designer . His list includes: vodka, gin, bourbon, rum, scotch, rye, sweet and dry vermouth, tequila, triple sec, cognac, cointreau, campari, red wine, white wine and champagne.

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Entertaining: Frozen Cheese

"Get some cheese to throw in your freezer, then you can pull it out any time guests come over," says Lulu Powers, entertaining designer and author of . "Just cut it up and it'll defrost quickly." She recommends freezing brie, blue cheese and hard cheeses.

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Entertaining: Variety of Glasses

"A good drink is also about a good glass," says Redd. "If you're serving martinis, nothing tastes better than a chilled martini glass. The minimum is lowball and highball glasses, martini glasses, wine glasses and champagne flutes."

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Entertaining: Ice

"If you don't have an ice maker, always have ice cubes in your fridge. I make mine with flowers and herbs in them," says Powers. "Everyone recognizes ice if it's good ice." She also recommends making big cubes, in case someone asks for a vodka or scotch on the rocks.

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