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10 Things You Should Do When Daylight Savings Time Ends

There's more to do than turn the clocks back when Daylight Savings Time ends. This is our go-to checklist.

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Do Some Fall Cleaning

In 2018, Daylight Savings Time ends on the first Sunday in November. Use that extra hour to clean up your home from a relaxed summer of fun. Eliminate useless clutter by donating what’s good and recycling or tossing the rest, reorganize your shelves, dust off hard-to-reach places, tidy up the garage, etc. Here’s your 12-step fall cleaning checklist.

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Swap Your Closet and Decor

Swapping out your summer garb for warmer attire will allow you to keep you closet organized and allow for easier access to your clothes. Furthermore, you’re probably going to want to take those cozy throw blankets out of storage and display them around the house for snuggling up and adding a touch of hygge style to your home. Check out these ways to add hygge style to your home.

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Flip Your Mattress

You should flip your mattress twice a year, so why not mark the event with Daylight Savings Time? Flipping and rotating your mattress is important to avoid irregular wear, which can shorten the lifespan of your mattress and result in back problems too! Check out these 7 things that could happen if you sleep on an old mattress.

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Reverse Your Fans

When Daylight Savings Time begins, you should switch your ceiling fans to spin counter-clockwise to keep things cooler. But now that it’s fall, it’s time to reverse them—clockwise rotation directs warm air back down. Don’t have a ceiling fan? Here’s how to install one.

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Replace Your HVAC Filters

If you live in a climate with seasons, you know you’ll be turning on the heat soon, if you haven’ already! Keeping your heating and cooling vents clear is in your best interest for health reasons as well as saving money on your energy bill. And don’t forget to change those filters.

You may want to take a look at these 12 things to check before you call an HVAC tech.

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Check Your Water Heater

Water heaters need flushing and the end of Daylight Savings Time can be your reminder. Check your water heater to make sure it’s not leaking and flush out the sediment that’s trapped inside.

Here’s what you need to know about DIY water heater repair.

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Change the Batteries in Your Smoke Alarm

It’s quite “alarming” to wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of your smoke alarm chirping. Avoid that unpleasant sound by changing the batteries at the end of Daylight Savings Time. You should also review these smoke alarm maintenance tips for home safety.

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Clean Your Gutters

Cleaning gutters isn’t fun, but when Daylight Savings Time ends, it should serve as your annual reminder that it’s time to clean them in order to avoid costly clogs. Here are the best leaf guard gutters for your home.

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Restock Your Emergency Kit

There’s no doubt an emergency kit is essential in the home, and with Daylight Savings Time ending and the chance of winter storms approaching, it’s a great time to check in on how well your kit is stocked and make sure that nothing has expired. Do you have these 16 must-have emergency kit items?

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Clean Your Fireplace

The warmer months mean you’ve neglected your fireplace, but now that it’s time to get warm and cozy, you can bet you’ll be using it lots! Before you do, however, you’ll want to check the chimney for cracks and obstructions and clean out the ash. Here’s what you need to know about chimney maintenance.

Alexa Erickson
Alexa is an experienced lifestyle and news writer, currently working with Reader's Digest, Shape Magazine and various other publications. She loves writing about her travels, health, wellness, home decor, food and drink, fashion, beauty and scientific news. Follow her traveling adventures on Instagram: @living_by_lex, send her a message: [email protected] and check out her website:

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