March is here and with it will come the chirping of birds, a few early flower buds and a little more daylight. Of course, as Wisconsinites know, when we “Spring Forward” overnight between March 7-8 we pay a price for that extra evening light to come: we lose one hour of our weekend!

The start and end of Daylight Savings Time tends to wreak havoc on our schedules and natural rhythms, so we’d like to offer a few tips – both to save time and to navigate the time change – to help ease the transition this spring season.

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  2. Schedule your spring closet cleaning. Although we technically “lose” an hour when we set the clocks ahead, often the days feel a little longer due to the extra light in the evenings. Take advantage of that extra daylight by planning a few small household or closet cleaning projects for the early evening hours in the days following the time change.
  3. Use Daylight Savings Time as nature’s calendar reminder. Keep track of key household safety and maintenance tasks by pegging them to the two annual time changes. Think of slotting in such items as replacing smoke alarm batteries, changing your furnace filter and flipping your mattress.
  4. Help your body and your brain prepare. Setting your clocks ahead before going to bed (instead of when you wake up in the morning) can help eliminate confusion so you start Sunday with your best foot forward. If you have the luxury to do so, plan ahead for a mid-afternoon nap. And, tempting through it may be, try to avoid using extra sugar and caffeine to get through the transition.

Finally, be sure to give yourself a pat on the back – you’ve survived another Wisconsin Winter! Get ready to enjoy the April showers and May flowers head as we enter the season or rejuvenation and renewal. We hope to see you soon at your neighborhood Klinke Cleaners.

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