November is here, and that means Daylight Savings time is coming to a close. Long dark nights await us. While everyone is ready to curl up under a cozy blanket and watch TV, there are 12 tasks you should do first when Daylight Savings time ends.
There is a huge controversy all over the world at any given time about Daylight Savings and if we should continue to observe it. I am not sure how I feel about that because I love when it is light out late AND when it is light out before I get up in the morning.
Each person may feel different. But there are things all of us should be doing when Daylight Savings ends.
First And Foremost: Turn Your Clock Back 1 Hour
I realize that this may seem like an obvious task, but it is amazing how many times people forget to do it. Or they can’t remember if they turn the clock back or turn it forward. A simple way to remember is to: FALL back.
I tend to turn the clocks back around 8pm on Saturday evenings. Now, if you are lucky enough to have clocks that reset themselves, you have nothing to worry about.
But we have the stove clock, the microwave clock, my beside clock…you get the point. At least with our I-Homes, we just have to slide the button. In any case, do what you need to remember.
Why didn’t I think of that tip: Want an easier way to remember? Put a sticky note on EVERY clock. When you change that clock, just remove the sticky note. Just remember to keep track of how many sticky notes you put out.
Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries And Test Them
This is one of those steps that should not be missed. About a week before Daylight Savings ends, head to the store to purchase fresh batteries. Examine the expiration date before you purchase them.
Before you put the new batteries in, take a moment to check the wires and the connectors to make sure nothing is broken or frayed. If there is, head right back to the store to replace the smoke detector immediately.
Take a moment before you change your batteries to thoroughly wipe down and clean your smoke detector. Aren’t sure how to do that? Here is a simple method of cleaning your smoke detectors.
Now simply replace your batteries, hit the test button, and you are good to go until March when you set your clocks forward.
Pro tip: It is a good idea to have an extra smoke detector or two on hand in your house at all times. If you test it and it doesn’t work, you will have an immediate replacement on hand. Make a notation to pick up another backup the next time you are at your local hardware store.
Reverse The Blades On Your Ceiling Fans(After You Give Them A Good Cleaning)
As you may know, your ceiling fans has two ways it rotates. One way cools you off, the other helps warm air trapped in the ceiling to head back down where it will keep you warm. So when Daylight Savings time ends, it is a great time to flick the switch.
But before you change the blade rotation, make sure you clean it first. Go ahead, ask me how I know that. Yep, switch the fan without cleaning it, and you have dust bunnies invading your entire bedroom. Scary!
So take the time now to clean your fan first. Here is some great advice about cleaning your ceiling fan without a ladder. Whatever method you use, having a clean fan helps it to run more efficiently and helps to keep you toasty warm!
Take Out Your Window Screens & Weatherproof Your Windows
If you still have windows where you need to remove the screens and put in your glass panes, take the time to do that not. Clean your screens before storing them first.
Take the time to thoroughly clean and dust your glass panes before re-installing them for the Winter months. Once you have done that, check for any air leaks. If you have them, take a moment to use caulk around the windows and seal up those spots which can let cold air in.
Another thing you can do is apply a window insulation film to further protect your windows. It only takes a few seconds to do, and it will make a big difference in the comfort of that room.
Bonus tip: Before “shrinking” the window film, place a rolled up towel between the window and the film on the sill. This will provide an additional layer to prevent air leaks from getting in and warm air getting out.
Flip And Rotate Your Mattress
Everyone wants to get a cozy night’s sleep after the clocks roll back. Take the time to flip and rotate your mattress(if it is recommended) to make sure that the divots are moved around. This helps to support your back and encourages a good night’s sleep.
Not sure if you should flip it or rotate it? Check out this great resource for knowing which you should do.
Easy cleaning tip: Take the time to vacuum your mattress and spray it with a fabric-safe disinfectant. It will help take care of the Summer sweats!
Take The Time To Clean Out Your Gutters
Rain, sleet, snow, freeze & repeat. Your gutters will probably see A LOT of this during any given Winter season. Take the time now to clean them out so they can handle all that Winter throws at them.
If you want to cut down on this chore, having gutter screens installed may work great for you.
What if you can’t reach your gutters? It will be worth your time and pocket book to hire someone to do this twice a year. The small cost now may prevent you from having huge repairs later.
Review And Update Your Emergency Plans
No one wants to think about having an emergency when it is getting cold and dark out. So the best thing to do is to be prepared. You may have already created an emergency evacuation plan at some point. Now is the time to pull it out, make needed changes, and see that every family knows how to use it & find it in case it is ever needed.
Pro tip: This is a great time to practice an evacuation drill. You can come up with a new one if this one doesn’t seem to work anymore. Make it more real by having an unannounced one as well.
Restock Your First Aid Kit
I tend to do this during the Summer before we head out on our annual beach vacation. But I also take the time now to go through to check expiration dates or see if there is any products that have been damaged.
You can also use this time to go through and restock your emergency kits as well. Check for expired supplies, make sure flashlights are working, and make sure contact information is up-to-date.
Make Sure Your Chimney Is Properly Cleaned
If you have a wood-burning fireplace or a pellet stove, now is the best time to make sure your chimney is clean. If it hasn’t been, you should probably put in an emergency request for it. You don’t know when you may need to start it up, and there is always a risk of fire when a chimney is not properly cleaned.
Quick tip: This is probably a task that you should look into around the end of August. Prices are often cheaper AND you have a better chance of getting an appointment that is convenient for you.
Protect Outdoor Faucets And Electrical Outlets
Winter can be especially hard on outdoor faucets and electrical outlets, especially in colder climates. If you haven’t already take care of them when you did your outdoor Fall cleaning, now is the time to protect them. Imagine the damage that could be caused with a leak or burst faucet.
This are the ones that we use, and they have lasted us multiple seasons already. They take seconds to install, and give you peace of mind for the entire Winter season.
Start Planning Holiday Celebrations
If you are a busy working Mom during the holidays, this is probably a great time to start thinking about your plans & celebrations. If you are going to be working long hours, thinking about the holidays may be setting you into a panic. Take the time now to jot down some plans, lists, and other things that will help cut down on the stress.
Fun idea: Take a trip to your local store to get some holiday decoration inspiration. See if there is anything you want to add to your own home. For even more fun, buy just 1 thing now to add to your decor.
Enjoy Your Extra Hour Of Sleep
There are many people and scientific studies out there that say you should keep to your routine when Daylight Savings time ends. And while I know they are experts, I really disagree with them.
Of course, it is different if you HAVE to get up and go to work. Or if your kids wake up super early(I have adult kids now so I don’t have to worry about that). And sometimes your pets don’t realize you get an extra hour of sleep. Whatever the case is, if you have to be up at your normal time, then stick to your schedule.
But if you are lucky enough to be off, take the time to sleep longer if your body lets you. We are in such a hurry with life anymore that sometimes we forget that we need to take the time to rest. And relax. And reset. Use the end of Daylight Savings time as a gift and get some extra rest!
Items To Make Daylight Savings Preparation Easier
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