Use the Time Change to Get Organized
We are about to change our clocks this coming weekend. What a great opportunity to create ways you can use the time change to remember to do some things around the house.
Smoke Detectors and Emergency Plan
So many people are already doing this – but it is worth remembering. As you are going through the house changing all the clocks don’t forget to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and to test those that are hard-wired. Remember to check the expiry dates on the carbon monoxide detector too!! They are often only “good” for 5 years.
You can also use this weekend to practice your emergency plan to get out safe. Teach your kids a few routes to get out of the house and practice it. Make it fun – have someone as the fire chief timing everyone, dress in your pj’s, and celebrate afterwards!
Use the time change to keep your family safe!
Freezer/Pantry Clean Out
We change our clocks twice a year and that is the perfect number of times to clear out your freezer and pantry. Take the time to empty your freezer and pantry, wipe down the shelves, dispose of any old and expired food, and put it back neatly. While you are handling it all, make a note of what you have. This is the perfect time to go beyond just defrosting, wiping down and reorganizing. Try to eat from the pantry and freezer as much as possible in the next few weeks to use up all the “bulk” and excess we accumulate. Plan your meals around things you already have in the house. This keeps things fresh, in season, and prevents overstuffed pantries and freezers!
Seasonal Clothes Fashion Show
This weekend pull out all the summer clothes you saved and have your very own seasonal fashion show. Get the kids to try on “outfits” to see what still fits (you can do this too!!) Put on some fun beach music and play dress up! Even have a summer -themed meal. By having this fashion show, you will know what will fit and what won’t – and you will be able to shop early for the upcoming season (it’s already in the stores!!) Make sure you donate anything that won’t fit. It is still pretty wintery out there so you can tuck what will fit away for a few more weeks, but you will be ready for that warm weather once it comes!
You can do these three things at each time change. They just become part of your routine and help to keep your family organized and safe!