MAKE YOUR LIFE A WHOLE LOT EASIER THIS SEASON
Tips to survive the monsoon
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.
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.
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!