A few outdoor chores
-- Keep walks and plants safe. Instead of sodium chloride rock salt for your icy walks and drives, use calcium chloride, sand or even kitty litter. It's less harmful to concrete and plants.
-- Mulch with snow. Perennials love snow. When shoveling, as long as the snow doesn't have salt in it and isn't slushy, don't worry about tossing it onto perennials and small shrubs. Fluffy snow insulates against weather extremes.
-- Evaluate your landscape for winter interest. Note good places to plant native grasses, evergreens or shrubs with interesting bark in the spring.