MAKE YOUR LIFE A WHOLE LOT EAS­IER THIS SEA­SON

Tips to sur­vive the mon­soon

Mother & Baby - - CONTENTS - BY ROHINI RAJAGOPALAN

The mon­soons are here and there’s no doubt that you ei­ther to­tally love the rains or just hate them. For me, its my most favourite time for the year. Each year I wait ea­gerly for that first mon­soon shower and can­not wait to find a cozy cor­ner to read my book and sip on some hot chai. To be able to en­joy the rains I al­ways en­sure I am ad­e­quately well pre­pared. The last few years with rains be­com­ing un­pre­dictable, bot­tle necks of traf­fic be­com­ing com­mon, chil­dren get­ting un­ex­pected hol­i­days th­ese are few things I pre­pare and check on to en­sure I don’t run into any trou­ble:

1 Out­door fur­ni­ture:

I move in­doors some parts of my out­door fur­ni­ture like cush­ions, run­ners, dis­play pieces etc. An­other op­tion is to get wa­ter proof lay­er­ing done on the fur­ni­ture.

2 Win­dows:

This is one area that I don’t want to have sur­prises. I check if they have any gaps that wa­ter can come through. If so I call the ma­son and would have this fixed well be­fore the rains.

3 Make your home mon­soon re­sis­tant:

I go in for more breath­able airy fab­rics for my bed linens and up­hol­stery. I pri­mar­ily use cot­ton dur­ing this sea­son. Also I move out most of the floor rugs and car­pets es­pe­cially the ones right close to the door. I stock up on extra foot mats and put a thick one on the main door.

4 Dry­ing ar­range­ment:

Mon­soon means clothes take longer to dry and you nor­mally land up re­quir­ing ad­di­tional dry­ing space. I cre­ate a make shift in the guest room and use this for dry­ing.

5 Mon­soon gear:

I check my stock and if the kids have out­grown theirs we shop for the es­sen­tials like rain­coat, gum­boots, wind­cheaters . I place them in all the re­quired places like the car, school bag, of­fice bag etc. Also I keep handy a few ad­di­tional um­brel­las for staff or guests. Also I put up a um­brella stand and spot for hang­ing rain wear at the en­trance of our home.

6 Extra tow­els for guests:

I also keep a stock of hand­tow­els and bath­tow­els for guests. This in my ex­pe­ri­ence gets ad­e­quately used.

7 Wardrobe:

I put in sa­chets of mois­ture ab­sorbent in all our wardrobes, shoe shelfs, clothes that are stored up. This en­sure they stay dam free through the sea­son.

8 The smell of rain wear:

Musty smell can be kept at bay by us­ing some in­cense sticks, aroma dis­pansar, can­dles. I use them reg­u­larly and quite gen­er­ously. I love eu­ca­lyp­tus oil and lemon grass smells for my es­sen­tial oils.

9 Ac­tiv­i­ties for kids:

Rains also means that kids stay in­door most of­ten. I stock up on games, craft kits, books, re­ceipes to bake and any­thing that can keep them busy and en­ter­tained. I pre­fer to make a whole list and keep it handy so that I can use them as and when re­quired

10 Can­dels and lights:

Un­ex­pected power cuts are some­thing that are al­most a norm dur­ing the rains. Can­dle, emer­gency lights, ad­e­quate bat­tery and some es­sen­tials I stock up on. Also I brief ev­ery mem­ber of the fam­ily on where th­ese are kept.

11 Stock food in a bag:

I not only stock up the home pantry with some favourite ready to eat healthy snacks but also en­sure our bags has an emer­gency food kit. This nor­mally has a small bot­tle of wa­ter, nap­kin, food bars and choco­late. If you have got most of this sorted, all you are left to do is find that cozy cor­ner, pick a book and make your­self some yummy hot choco­late and en­joy the rains. Have a happy mon­soon!

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