"Spring Forward" & Other Semi-Annual Tasks

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 13, 2022

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher February 27, 2022

"Spring Forward" takes place on Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 AM, although most people will change their clocks before they go to bed on Saturday night. We will "lose" that hour we "gained" last November.

It can take a few weeks for our bodies to adjust to the time change. To make it easier on young children, move bedtime 15 minutes earlier each night starting on Thursday before the change. This won't entirely solve the problem, but it could help.

The first Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the U.S. took place in 1918 during World War I, although Canada first used it in 1908 and Germany, in 1916, was the first country to use it nationwide. Today over 70 countries implement Daylight Saving Time, although the beginning and ending dates vary.

Over the years, Daylight Saving Time in the United States has been repealed, reinstated, expanded, restricted, and experienced a number of name changes. The most recent change took place in the mid-2000s when the end of DST was adjusted from the last Sunday of October to the first Sunday of November to allow more daylight on Halloween for our trick-or-treaters.

In recent years, there has been quite a bit of discussion over whether or not the US should even continue with Daylight Saving Time (neither Arizona nor Hawaii participate). As a night owl, I prefer darker mornings and longer evenings. If we could skip the "Fall Back" part and make DST our permanent solution, I would be one happy mama. Parents of babies and toddlers who have an earlier bedtime would probably disagree!

I use Daylight Saving Time as my reminder for some easily-forgotten semi-annual household chores. After I change the four clocks we have that do not automatically adjust (microwave, stove, coffee pot, and car), I spend some time on the following:

  1. Change the batteries in our smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.
  2. Review and practice fire escape and family disaster plans.
  3. Inspect tires, headlights, taillights, and brake lights on all our vehicles.
  4. Inspect tires, brakes, and reflectors on bicycles and scooters (which will be in more frequent use soon enough).
  5. Turn and flip our mattresses.
  6. Check our medicines, vitamins, and first aid kits, replacing expired items, and restocking items that have been used.
  7. Schedule needed doctor and/or dentist appointments.
  8. Hit the Clearance racks at our favorite clothing stores. Spring and summer fashions are on their way in, and the stores need to move out their winter stock as quickly as possible!