Daylight Saving Time ends on November 2nd at 2 a.m., in all but Arizona and Hawaii. Need an easy way to remember what to do with your clocks?
Fall Back; Spring Forward.
To be honest, as a mom, I’m not fond of changing the clocks. My family and I struggle with getting into a new sleep routine for the next week, especially in the spring when we lose an hour of sleep. I also worry about my oldest son walking to high school in the dark in the morning. Those car drivers already don’t pay attention to the kids walking. How will they see them better in the dark?
For the Family
To help ease the transition to the new bedtime for your kids, start adjusting their sleep schedule slowly over a week’s time. Even adjusting the schedule over 3 to 4 days can make the transition easier.
Talk to your kids about the change, especially if transitions are difficult for them. Let them know it will be dark when they get up, and started getting darker sooner in the afternoon.
Stick to your regular bedtime routine. Kids do better when the routine remains the same even though the light is different.
Be prepared for grumpiness. You and the kids will be a bit unsettled for a week.
For the Home
Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and test them to make sure they work.
Other Household Tasks
Reverse the direction of your ceiling to push the rising hot air back down again.
Rotate your mattress, and wash the mattress pad if you don’t do this monthly. Mattress pads should be washed monthly to removed allergens, dirt, and perspiration.
Make sure each outlet has insulation to prevent leakage of heat. Check inside and outside your home for cracks and openings, and make sure no critters can get in.
Inspect Your Furnace
I have my furnace cleaned during the summer months while business is slow for my oil company. If you don’t, make sure you get it done before you close up the house for winter.
Don’t forget to get your fireplace inspected and cleaned, especially if you use it on a regular basis during the winter.
Clean up Gardening Items
Depending on the last frost date in your area, all your clay pots should be cleaned and put away. I store mine under our porch, an area protected by concrete.
Remove and drain all hoses, and turn of the water to the outside spigot.
Do one last mowing of the grass. This will make raking leaves easier.
Check the Expiration Dates on Your Medications
Check the expiration date on the medications in your cabinet. If anyone in your family needs medication, make sure you have enough on hand. Don’t toss expired prescriptions in the trash. Find a prescription disposal place or day in your county.
Check your over the counter medications, and stock up on cold and flu remedies.