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5 Things To Do When You Change the Clocks

5 Things to do when you change the clock (Daylight Savings)

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 ย 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

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20 thoughts on “5 Things To Do When You Change the Clocks

  1. Thanks so much for linking up at RCH Awesome Life Friday. This is a great post!

    1. Christine says:

      Thank you for stopping by!

  2. Christie says:

    These really are some great reminders! Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday!

  3. I’m loving this! Great post. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7 at our party. I can’t wait! Lou Lou Girls

  4. Nakisha says:

    I’m terrible at doing most of the things on this list on a regular basis. I’m lucky if I get the time on the stove changed before May.

    1. Christine says:

      LOL. I’m awful at doing them too, unless I tie them all to time change. Otherwise I lose track ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. With this particular time change, my favorite ritual is to go to bed early LOL But these are all fantastic suggestions – I shared them on my Facebook page! Thanks so much for taking the time to join us at the #HomeMattersParty โ€“ we hope to see you again next week! Feel free to bring a friend ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Christine says:

      Thanks so much Kristen!

  6. These are all great ideas! I’m really bad about changing passwords.. but I’ve been meaning to try out lastpass so I think I’m going to do that this year. Sometimes it’s hard to remember the different passwords I have for things, so I think that will help!

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Laura! I used to be awful with passwords too! But I love lastpass. I don’t even know most of my passwords now. The best part: I just got a new laptop, installed my browser with lastpass, logged in and all the sites I go to are still working! No more having to figure out what my password was. Lastpass does it for me.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Erica says:

    Hi Christine, this is a great list! Although, just the thought of having to do the passwords and backing up makes me cringe… Thank you so much for linking up to Wordless Wednesday!!
    Erica @ On Bliss Street

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Erica! thanks for stopping by!

      I hated it all at first too, but getting in the habit of doing it twice a year makes it much less daunting. It’s actually not too bad ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. You have hit on a perfect topic for time change. I always change the batteries in smoke detectors but had not thought about the medicine cabinet, thats a good one. And I have a question, how do you dispose of old medicines and products?

    Thank you again for sharing this week in the Oh My Heartsie Girl ww!!!

    Hope you enjoy the rest of the week!!!

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Karren! That’s a great question!

      CVS has bags that they will give you for free for mailing medications for safe disposal. Some police departments also have big mailbox-style bins for collecting them.

      In my area, our police department only accepts them once a year as part of a federal collection program. So, I use this locator service to find a pharmacy that takes them right at the counter: http://www.disposemymeds.org/index.php/pharmacy-locator

  9. Danielle says:

    These tips are great! These are definitely things we should be doing twice a year and the time change weekend is a great reminder!

  10. MM says:

    Hard to believe clock changing time is here again! thanks for these great suggestions on how to keep up with things that should be done on a semi-annual basis!

    1. Christine says:

      It’s crazy, right? I feel like I just changed all my clocks and now we’re changing them again!

      Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

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