This Biannual Household Cleaning Checklist post is sponsored by Energizer. All opinions are my own. #StillGoing
Lists help me stay organized while motivating me to do all my household chores. Don’t get me wrong, cleaning and organizing is kind of my thing. However, without lists, I can’t stay on track and many things would get forgotten about in the middle of my hectic day-to-day events.
I honestly have no idea how it is November already. Every store I have stepped into this week has been completely decked out for Christmas. Every. Single. Store. Though here I am, still trying to get my Halloween stuff off the walls and back into the basement. It’s already the holiday season and I need to get it together.
With the start of November also comes daylight savings time. It’s time to move those clocks back and gain an hour. I don’t really mind it. It typically gives me a chance to get the kids’ bedtime moved up. It’s also the perfect time to get some deep cleaning and organization done.
You know, that stuff you don’t really think about doing most of the time or you just don’t want to do. It’s the things that are frequently overlooked or forgotten.
Since these are things that are only done a couple times a year, doing it on daylight savings time helps create a routine and becomes a reminder to complete everything.
To help prepare for this weekend, I have created a printable Biannual Checklist for cleaning and home organization. It can be started this weekend and some of the things finished throughout the week, if needed.
One of the most important things on the checklist is to test and check safety alarms, flashlights and other critical battery-operated devices. This will be done first things this weekend for us. It can be lifesaving.
For 29 years, the Energizer® brand has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to help keep families safe through the Change Your Clock Change Your Batteries™ program. Every fall, Energizer® and the IAFC work to remind people of the simple, life-saving habit of changing and testing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, along with all of your home safety devices, when setting the clocks back for daylight saving time.
The growing number of smart devices that keep us safe, secure and comfortable at home are only as good as the batteries that power them. Despite the fact that an increasing number of homes have smoke alarms and smoke detectors, the National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.*
This reinforces how important it is to take this time each year to check these safety devices.
Once those are checked off, I will continue down the list through the weekend (and week if necessary). The lists includes things like disposing of expired food items & medicine and deep cleaning different areas of the home. Some of the tasks could be considered ‘spring cleaning’, but ‘autumn cleaning’ is just as important.
Print off the checklist and make some time to organize and tidy up this weekend.
Is there anything else you do when you change the clocks?