If painting is on your to-do list, ensure that the endeavor is healthy for you.  There are lots of paints out there that are low or zero VOC – which stands for volatile organic compounds.  There are also paints with zero carcinogens and virtually no odor.  Most major paint brands are rolling out these new eco-friendly paints.  When shopping for paint, be sure to inform the clerk helping you that you are particularly interested in low-odor, low-VOC paints.  If you ever have a question about what is inside the can, you can also ask for the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) which will include VOC info in section 9.