Before Daylight Saving Time Ends, Do These 7 Things Around Your Home

Now's the perfect time to tackle those little (but important) home chores you've been procrastinating.

You know all of those little home maintenance tasks you tend to forget about or put off doing? The start and end of Daylight Saving Time is our twice-yearly reminder to tackle that to-do list. As we prepare for the end of Daylight Saving Time — we're also drafting our list of chores to take care of with the extra time we'll gain.

While these chores aren't exactly fun, most of them only take about 15 minutes and promise to make your home safer while also helping your belongings last longer. Plus, once you finish the to-dos below, you won't have to worry about them for another six months.

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01 of 07

Check Your Fire Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Take 10 minutes and test the fire and carbon monoxide detectors around your home, replacing the batteries as needed. To make it easier, prep by getting a step stool or ladder, and consider grabbing a set of headphones in case you accidentally trigger the alarm in the process.

02 of 07

Flip Your Mattress

You've probably heard that the start and end of Daylight Saving Time is the time to flip or rotate your mattress. While some consider this advice outdated, depending upon the type of mattress you own, it's still a good way to extend its life. If you have a newer mattress made with memory foam, it may not need a full flip, but you can give it a 180-degree rotation. If you have a classic spring mattress, consider sticking with the full flip-and-rotate so that all sides of the mattress wear evenly.

While you're at it, go ahead and clean your mattress.

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03 of 07

Clean Your Coffee Machine

If you have a Keurig, follow our Keurig cleaning guide. And for a traditional drip coffee maker, watch our step-by-step video to complete the process. With more sunlight in the morning and better-tasting coffee, your morning routine is about to greatly improve.

04 of 07

Clean Your Furnace Filters (and AC Vents, Too)

As your home switches from blasting the AC to cranking up the thermostat, it's a great time to check on both your air conditioner and your furnace.

Typically, it's best to check your air conditioner in the spring before the hot weather starts, but if you haven't inspected yours in a while, follow our air conditioner maintenance tips so the unit will be ready for summer.

05 of 07

Clean Out the Dryer Vent

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported each year, with more of these fires occurring in the fall and winter months, and peaking in January. To prevent a fire, clean out your dryer vent ductwork this weekend, and be sure to clean out the lint filter every time you use the dryer.

06 of 07

Take Stock of Your Medicine Cabinet

Typically, this is the time of year when we recommend getting ready for cold and flu season. Toss out (safely, of course) any meds that are expired. Then, stock up on the basics, as well as tissues and vapor rub.

This year, in particular, check if your local drugstore or health clinic is offering flu shots (they're often free or available for a small fee).

07 of 07

Clean the Gutters

Once the leaves have fallen off the trees, it's time to clean out the gutters. In the winter, icicles serve as the telltale sign that the gutters haven't been cleaned, and while they may look cute, those clogged gutters could cause water to pool, potentially damaging the foundation of your home. If you don't want to do the dirty work yourself, here's hire a pro.

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