Daylight savings time begins this Sunday, March 13th. Of course, if you live in Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands, this is just another Sunday for you!!
It might be a pain to have to change the clocks and the time of day and even more difficult to adjust to the change in daylight hours and sleep. However, this is a great time of the year to remember to take care of 11 tasks!
1. Check the batteries in your smoke detector. The reason that it is recommended to change your batteries is that you will always have the peace of mind that your smoke detector is always in good working order. If yours is 10 years old (or older), it is also the time to replace them. This is one thing that I don’t every concern myself with the cost as I can’t put a price on keeping my family safe.
2. Switch out your clothes. Go into your closet and pull out all of your winter clothes. Move your spring and summer items forward. Turn the hangers backwards so you will see what you wear and what you don’t (so you know what to get rid of in the fall).
Go through the winter items and get rid of things you no longer wear. If they item is stained or damaged, go ahead and toss it out. Place the winter items in the back of your closet.
3. Flip your mattress. It is always smart to flip (or rotate) your mattress every six month. Doing this when you change your clocks will keep you pretty close to this schedule. Just don’t forget to vacuum it before and after it is flipped.
4. Clean the medicine cabinet. Find old prescriptions you no longer need. Check the expiration date on other items. Make sure you properly dispose of items you no longer use. If you do not know how to do so safely, you can read tips here.
5. Change the filters. You might have a service tech who will service your air conditioning unit and change the filter, but you should also change out the filter in any coffee makers, refrigerators, your vacuum — and any other items that have a filter. If you do not swap them out, then at least clean them according to the manufacturer’s instruction.
6. Check your disaster kit. This is the time of year when spring storms creep up and can cause tornados and more. Check your disaster kit to make sure you have all of the items you need including making sure the food is not spoiled, adding fresh bottled water, checking mediations and more. You can find out how to make your own disaster kit here.
7. Clean your vents and covers. This is the one thing we often forget to clean. If you take a look, you might see yours is caked with dust. Clean off the vents on your walls and floor.
As you do this, make sure you also clean your dryer vent. Don’t forget to sweep/vacuum under your washer and dryer, as this is where you can often find a build up of dust and lint. You should also do this behind your vacuum and your stove as well.
8. Clean the pantry/fridge/freezer. Time to go through and toss any expired food and to take inventory of what you need. Check spices as they can lose potency after time so it might be the time to replace.
9. Wash all of your bedding (including pillows). Toss the blankets into the wash to clean them (and then put them away if you no longer need them). Make sure you also wash your pillows too!
10. Clean the fireplace. Now that you are done with fires until next year, it is time to get it cleaned up. You can wipe down the walls and clean out the ash. You should also bring in a professional to inspect and clean the flue.
11. Switch the direction of the ceiling fan. You want your fan to run counter clockwise in order to bring cool air into your room. If they run clockwise, make sure you flip the switch, as clockwise will actually force warm air down into your room.
Is there anything else that you do when you change the time on YOUR clocks?