By Adrienne Miller of Sterilite Corporation
The end of daylight savings time has sadly arrived. Our brains think we’re getting an extra hour of sleep, but are also not fully prepared for the 5:00 PM blackout that occurs daily. To those of us who aren’t too excited for snow and cold, the countdown to spring has officially begun. Although it’s not quite a six-month gap until we change our clocks again, here are some quick tips that can be done on either end of the time change to help keep your home on track!
Prepare for Light -
Sterilite’s Stack & Carry 3 Layer Handle Box & Tray is a one-stop-shop for emergency lighting. Keep your small night-light bulbs safe in the divided tray, along with a range of battery sizes, a book of matches and a lighter. Prep for the snow storms now by changing out the old batteries in flashlights, and use this time to change out the batteries in your smoke detector too. You can utilize the middle layer for flashlights, and the bottom layer for emergency candles. The layers safely clip together to create a mobile solution for when the power inevitably goes out this winter.
Deep Clean -
Doing a deep clean this time of year pays off huge in the spring. Between two dogs, a toddler and having the windows open all summer, the dust, pollen, dog hair, and spilled juice have done a number on my home. The baseboards, windows and window sills are ready for some love. The 12 Quart Spout Pail is the perfect companion to tote around the home and help wipe away that grime. It’s smaller design means even when its full it’s lighter in weight, the handle ergonomics are comfortable and reliable, and the measurements on the inside mean you won’t over-suds your water. Simply mix some warm water and a mild soap, grab some old towels, and wipe away the layer of -yuck- on your windows, window sills and baseboards. Be sure to wring out the towel really well so no woodwork becomes saturated in the process!
Seasonal Linens -
I love winter… blankets. Cuddling up under a pile of heavy, snuggly, fresh blankets is probably my favorite activity in the winter. There’s just something about having a second set of blankets for winter, versus summer, that has quickly become one of my favorite parts of the season change. Every spring I get excited to bring down the light weight throws, and every fall I get excited to swap those out for the heated heavy fleece. The 106 Quart Fresh Scent Box is the perfect size for both seasons. The dryer sheet vent is perfect for keeping blankets and pillows smelling fresh for the six months they’re in storage, the handle/latches are comfortable for awkward attic trips, and the clear/tinted plastic makes it easy to see what’s in each item without actually labeling them.
Seasonal changes are pretty dramatic up here in New England, every few months calls for an overhaul of random tasks and chores. But incorporating these few tips into your yearly routine will certainly help any time change feel like less of a burden and more of a welcomed frenemy.