Fall 2015 Time Change: It’s Time To “Fall Back”

I hate falling back. The 2015 time change happens on November 1st at 2:00 AM. That means, you need to set your clocks back by one hour. That also means that going forward, it’ll be light before 6 AM and dark by 5 PM.

The Fall 2015 time change can suck it. I will be counting down the days to the Spring 2016 time change.

In the meantime, there are some household chores that need to be done! I’ve put together a list of 5 chores that you probably forget about until things start to break, beep, or need to be replaced. But if you bookmark this page and do them every time the time changes, you’ll never forget them again!

The Fall 2015 time change is coming this weekend, and we get an extra hour of sleep! Here are 5 overlooked and forgotten household chores to do when the time changes.

Fall 2015 Time Change Chores To Do

  • Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors Don’t wait until the detectors start chirping to change the batteries! Change the batteries when you change your clocks and you’ll know that the detectors are properly working. I went through my house and counted them all, and bought enough batteries for the year specifically for this task.
  • Change the air conditioning vent filters This is a task I never thought about until last summer when we thought our air conditioner was going out. We checked the filters, and they were absolutely disgusting…air couldn’t get through them at all! So we decided to change the filters every time we changed the batteries in the detectors.
  • Reverse the direction on your ceiling fans  Sounds silly, but doing this will help you keep the temperatures in rooms with ceiling fans at the right temperature. When you “spring ahead” in the Spring, the fan should rotate counter clockwise to cool the rooms.  In the Fall when you “fall back”, the fan’s direction should be switched to clockwise to pull down the warm air. Think of the money you will save on your home’s heating and cooling!
  • Flip your mattresses This task is a tedious one, but can help with the longevity of your mattresses. If you have mattresses that are not supposed to be flipped, you can rotate them.
  • Check your pantry, fridge, and medicine cabinets for expired products Time to purge! Get rid of any expired food or medicine. As you are doing this, you may want to have a notepad handy to note items that need to be replaced. There’s nothing worse than getting a migraine and realizing that your migraine medication is gone.

There are many other tasks you can include on your semi-annual list of to-do’s with each time change. You can clean out your kids closets and toys, rotate your winter/summer clothing, check to see if you have any vehicles or appliances that need repairs or maintenance, and start your spring cleaning list of chores.

So what chores would you add to the list? Don’t forget to do these five things on Sunday after the Fall 2015 time change!


  1. I love that you post these tips. Despite my kids being able to get on the bus when it’s light outside, I’m not a fan of losing that one hour of daylight. :(
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