Time for the time to change? If Daylight Saving Time is about to start (or end!), these are the 11 things you need to check off your list!
Hey there, did you remember to set your clocks today? Hope I’m not catching you off guard! Besides the whole clock-changing routine (don’t forget the car clocks!), Daylight Saving Time kicking in or winding down is like a subtle reminder to tackle some other stuff you don’t think about much.
These are those tasks that don’t bug you every day (except maybe #11), but hey, they’re kind of a big deal. So, let’s use this clock change as an excuse to tick off some things from your list until the next round!
History of Daylight Saving:
Ever wondered why we’re messing with our clocks twice a year? Well, blame (or thank) good ol’ Benjamin Franklin for planting the seed of Daylight Saving Time way back in 1784. The idea was to make better use of daylight and save on candles – that’s what you call a bright idea! Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
While Franklin’s suggestion didn’t immediately catch on, it resurfaced during World War I and II as a way to conserve energy. Fast forward to today, and we’re still springing forward and falling back, juggling time to make the most of those daylight hours. Love it or loathe it, Daylight Saving Time has a quirky history of playing with time itself.
When is Daylight Saving Time?
First of all, when does the time change? In the United States, daylight saving time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November, with the time changes taking place at 2:00 a.m. local time.
Does Everyone Follow it?
Nope! Traveling or planning a move? Check your time zones! And make note that there are several places that do not observe the time change and stick to standard time year round. These include Hawaii and Arizona, with the exception of the Navajo Nation. The territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands don’t participate either.
11 Things to Do When Daylight Saving Time Begins or Ends
1. Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. A must! If you know the batteries have been changed recently, still go ahead and give everything a test. This could be a life-saver!
2. Replace the filters in your heater or air conditioner. Hopefully you remember to do this every three months, but if you haven’t done it lately, this is a good day to do it!
3. Do a quick clean out. This is as good a time as any to toss out any expired items from your kitchen and medicine cabinets!
4. Flip your mattress. If you have a no-flip mattress, simply rotate it. (This will save on wear and tear!)
5. Swap out the baking soda in the fridge. It’s probably getting a little stale in there!
6. Reverse your fans. If your ceiling fans have a reverse switch go ahead and change it today. You want them to spin counter-clockwise in the spring and summer months (it will keep things cooler). Switch them to spinning clockwise in the fall and winter. If you run your fan on low it really will help warm up your room!
7. Swap your closet. If you tend to store your clothes seasonally this is a good day to replace your spring and summer items for your fall and winter wardrobe.
8. Put together an emergency kit. It’s always good to be prepared and spring thunderstorms or winter snowstorm tend to remind us that having items like flashlights (with batteries!), first aid kits, and weather radios on hand is a good idea!
9. Wash your pillows. Think about the last time you washed your pillows…can’t remember? That’s what I thought.
10. Vacuum the dryer vent. Add this to your list of Daylight Saving Time to-dos and cut down on a big fire hazard!
11. Take a nap! Did you know the start of Daylight Saving Time is officially considered “Napping Day”? That’s a celebration you don’t want to miss! (And we say it’s more than OK to celebrate if Daylight Savings Time is ending too!)
A quick and easy list to check off just twice a year! That clock change has some benefit to it after all!
As the seconds tick away and you settle into the new time vibe, take a sec to appreciate the efficiency boost from dealing with these tasks. Going through the Daylight Saving Time shuffle isn’t just about adjusting clocks; it’s a chance to up your safety game, do some home TLC, and generally be more ready for whatever comes your way.
So, whether you’re flipping mattresses, messing with ceiling fans, or giving your pillows a good wash, enjoy the small but impactful changes that come with the time dance. And if all else fails, treat yourself to a solid nap – because who says you can’t celebrate a time shift with some extra Zzzs?