5 Things To Do When You Change the Clocks
It’s time to Spring forward this weekend (except you lucky Arizonans). I like to use Daylight Savings as a reminder for several things and I’m sharing them with you today.
1) Change the batteries in smoke detectors. I know, we’ve all heard it before, but it bears repeating. Change the batteries on your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and natural gas detectors. It’s not enough to just check that they’re working right now. You’ve got to change those things. And yes, those stupid 9 volt batteries are pricey, but they’re worth it as long as your warning systems are working. A few years back, a carbon monoxide detector alerted us to a defect in our stove that potentially saved our lives. Don’t take chances on these things.
2) Clean out your medicine cabinet. Why keep those old, expired meds around? That’s gross and it’s taking up space, keeping you from finding what you need in a hurry. Check the dates on all those medications and toss the old ones. This is also a really good time to do an inventory of what you’ll need in the upcoming months. For example, if you know allergy season or cold season is coming up, this is a great time to figure out what you have and stock up on anything you know you’re going to need. If you get in the habit of doing this every six months, the job won’t take long.
3) Update your passwords. Okay, I’m guilty of skipping this one. But at a bare minimum, you should be updating your critical passwords: email & online banking. If you want to make this easier, use a secure, free service like LastPass to automate and store passwords for you.
4) Give your home a maintenance once over. WD40 those squeaky hinges. Re-caulk the bathtub. Walk around each room and the exterior of your home and look for anything you can fix on your own. This will go a long way in saving you from costly repairs down the road.
5) Back up (and clean up) your computer files. We’ve all been there: the computer crashes and everything that was on it is gone or in some kind of corrupt file structure. Backing up your files often is advised, but to be honest, not always that practical. The solution: make sure you’re backing up your files at LEAST every 6 months. This can be something as simple as getting an external hard drive that plugs in via USB and just copying important files (photos, anyone?) onto it. Then you have the peace of mind that your precious moments are safe.
There are a ton of other rituals people do when changing the clocks, but these are my favorites. Do you have any rituals when you change the clocks?
Thanks to the following blogs & parties for allowing me to share this article:
The Life of Jennifer Dawn, Lamberts Lately,
The Wednesday Roundup, Oh My Heartsie Girl,
Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Fridays Unfolded,
The Domestic Heart, Awesome Life Friday,
Dwell Beautiful, Home Matters Link Party,
Two Little Cavaliers, Totally Terrific Tuesday,
Lou Lou Girls, Serenity Now,
Reasons to Skip the Housework