If you live in a part of the country which participates in Daylight Savings, it is just about time to switch your clocks back. Daylight savings ends on November 5th, 2017 (at 2 am your local time). That means you will need to set your clocks back before you go to sleep on that Saturday evening.
Whether you change your clocks or not, there are some things you should take care of this time of the year. Below are the top things I do every year when daylight savings ends.
THINGS TO DO WHEN DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS
1. Check the batteries in your smoke detector
It is a good idea to replace those batteries. It gives you peace of mine that your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detectors are always in good working order. If those in your house are 10 years old (or older), you should 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.
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2. Switch out your clothes
Go into your closet and remove all of your spring and summer clothes. Then, move all of your fall and winter items to the front or center (where you will see them). 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 spring).
Go through the summer items in your closet and drawers and get rid of things you no longer wear. If they item is stained or damaged, go ahead and toss it out. Place these clothes 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 winter items
This is the time of year when snow storms can make a quick appearance. Check the your supply of ice melter, snow shovels, boots, coats and all of that cold winter apparel. If you have been saving for your snow blower, buy it now – before a blizzard starts marching your way and then you can’t find one.
You should also build your emergency kit for your home and your car. Include items such as blankets, candles, matches, etc.
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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.
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9. Wash all of your bedding (including pillows)
Toss the blankets into the wash to clean them! Make them nice and fresh for the winter months. Make sure you also wash your pillows too!
10. Clean the fireplace
If you did not remember to clean it in the spring, make sure you address it now. 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 pull the cool air up 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.
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Is there anything else that you do when you change the time on YOUR clocks?