If there’s one good thing about Daylight Savings Time, at least in the fall, it’s that we do get more sunshine. That springtime one, though? I can’t find anything good about losing an hour of sleep! However, one way to look on the bright side is that every year we get a strong reminder to take care of a few necessary home chores! So here are six things to do at Daylight Savings Time around the house! Plus, at the end, I have a Daylight Savings Time To-Do List free printable you can download and add to your fridge or home planner binder!
Six Things to Do at Daylight Savings Time!
Change smoke detector batteries
First, be sure you HAVE smoke detectors in your house! Every floor should have at least one centrally located. Test them, be sure they work. And change out the batteries every six months. Daylight Savings Time comes twice a year, so it’s a great reminder to keep your home safe!
Change carbon monoxide detector batteries
See above! You cannot smell carbon monoxide, so unlike smoke, you would not know it was there. Carbon monoxide would most likely originate from your basement or furnace area, so that’s a good place to put the detector!
Throw out expired medications
Another good “six month chore” is to go through your medicine cabinets and throw away medicines that have expired. Not only are they likely less effective (or not at all) after the expiration date, but you don’t want to have unnecessary medications in the house. It’s just one more thing that could post a danger to children. Plus, with the nation’s epidemic of prescription drug addictions, the less available the better! Your area may have a safe medication drop off location you can leave these products at; call your local police or town hall to find out. Also, do not empty medicines down the drain as they get into the water supply and can create problems.
Restock First Aid Kits in house and car
Every home and car should have a well-supplied first aid kit. You might check out these emergency bags for full-service preparedness. Or create your own kit with basic first aid supplies. You might find some items have expired or “dried out” (like alcohol wipes, or even old adhesive bandages).
Flip or rotate your mattresses
You can extend the life of your mattress by regularly flipping it over. Rotate and flip is often best. And some memory foam mattresses can only be rotated as they are one-sided. Check the tag or instructions on your mattress for the best option.
Change filters (furnace, fridge, water, vacuum, humidifier, etc)
Keep your air clean, and home appliances running smoothly by changing out the filters regularly. Some products will send you email or text reminders now about when to change filters. But if they don’t, twice a year is often a good rule of thumb!
Get your Daylight Savings Time To Do List Printable!
You can download this free list and print it out to keep track of your home chores. Either post on the fridge when needed, or add it to your home planning binder!
The most important chore on the list is to change your smoke detector batteries for your family’s safety. But there’s a few other helpful home chores you can do this time of year.
Even though we can grumble at the somewhat irrelevant recurrence of Daylight Savings Time, we can use it to our benefit! Let Daylight Savings Time remind you to take care of some household chores and keep your home safe for your family and kids!
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