5 Important Things to Do Before You Spring Forward

Warmer days ahead mean less time indoors dealing with household tasks! Prepare for Spring Forward by adding these important tasks to your to-do list and family calendars!

Are you ready to Spring Forward on March 12th? If you don’t already have it on your calendar, that is the day we change the clocks ahead an hour (or as I call it, the day I have to pay back that extra hour of sleep Fall Back gave me) and start Daylight Savings Time. It’s a bittersweet day for me. On the one hand, I like my sleep way too much to want to give up an hour of it, even if I do get it back in the fall. On the other hand, though, it does signal warmer days ahead, and that means we can finally spend more time outdoors! Of course, that also means that it’s harder to keep up with household tasks!

To help you stay on track this spring and to build better habits all year long, we partnered with Church & Dwight to come up with a list of five things to do before you Spring Forward! While you’re doing them, build better habits for the whole year by adding these tasks to your household calendar for the rest of the year!

5 Important Things to Do Before You Spring Forward

Replace toothbrushes:  The Canadian Dental Association recommends you change your toothbrush every three months. Place a smiley face sticker at the start of every third month of the year to remind you to buy new brushes for your family.

Check medicine expiry dates: Remember that all medicines expire, including vitamins and supplements. To ensure your medicine cabinet is up to date, schedule a simple calendar reminder for twice a year. This will remind you to check the expiry date and re-stock, if necessary.

Change the baking soda in your fridge: Placing a box of Arm & Hammer™ Fridge-n-Freezer™ or Fridge Fresh™ Baking Soda in your fridge or freezer helps to eliminate odours and keeps your fridge smelling fresh. While many use this simple tip, it can be easy to forget when it’s time to replace the open box. When you purchase a new box, jot down a replacement reminder on the box for a month’s time to maintain maximum odour elimination, ensuring your food stays fresher, longer. 

Keeping healthy: Simple healthy habits, such as getting all of the required amount of fruits and veggies or taking vitamins, can slip our minds during hectic days. Vitafusion™ Vitamin D is a great addition to your routine, especially during the fall and winter months, when heavy clothes and cloudy weather can inhibit the production of Vitamin D in the body. To ensure your body gets all the Vitamin D it needs try placing a reminder in your calendar at the start of the fall season to start taking a supplement.  Very few foods naturally contain this vitamin, meaning a supplement may be the best way to get your necessary intake[2]. Known as the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D supports bone and teeth health – Vitafusion™ Vitamin D also comes in a delicious gummy and is the perfect alternative to a traditional hard-to-swallow pill.

Replace Smoke Alarm Batteries: Every time you change the clocks, you should also change your smoke alarm battery. Working smoke alarms save lives!

Keeping a family calendar is a lifesaver for many families. What are some of your calendar reminders and tips that you think families should consider?

*This post is brought to you by Church & Dwight.

7 thoughts on “5 Important Things to Do Before You Spring Forward”

  1. we did a little weekend getaway this past weekend and all of the digital road signs said spring ahead and check your smoke alarm batteries. i thought that was such a good idea to remind people of both things!

  2. Nice tips! This reminds me to change the baking soda in the fridge. I’m excited for the clock to sprung forward. It also means spring and summer are coming and days are getting longer.

  3. Great tips! I honestly didn’t realize we had to change our toothbrushes that often. I definitely need to change mine!

  4. Such a smart idea. I never thought to put these things on my calendar or make a plan to do them at certain times of the year, but it totally makes sense.

  5. It’s important to make sure that you’re ready for the new season, regardless of what it is. I think these are really important to check on especially the medicine!

  6. I think it’s a great idea to do these things when it’s time to spring ahead or fall back. If you make it a habit to do these tasks at these times during the year, you will always remember to them.

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