Rainy day tips
Feeling a bit under the weather because of the monsoon? Don’t let the dreary weather dim your pocketful of sunshine and try out something fun to do to keep those spirits high!
Monsoon is the perfect time to try the different DIY hacks you have seen on YouTube or bookmarked from your favourite bloggers. You can go from a simple rejuvenating mask that takes about 10 to 15 minutes, or spend a few hours in a 10-step Korean skin care regimen. Remember to research online and do patch tests before trying out new products on your face.
A rainy day is the perfect time to submerge yourself in a good book. If it’s raining out, you certainly won’t want to go out to the library. So it's best to snuggle in with a good book on a rainy day. Enjoy a good book that you have been trying to finish for sometime now with the sound of the rain slowly tapping on your window pane. Make yourself cozier by preparing a warm drink to go with it.
Since the weather is gloomy enough, queue up feel-good movies and grab your favourite popcorn flavour. You may also level up your movie marathon experience by setting up a specific theme and look for movies that will fit into it.
As most of us have busy weekdays, unexpected cancellation of work or classes turn into instant opportunities to get an extra hour or two of sleep. With nothing much to do, especially if there is power outage, take this as a chance to turn it into a relaxing nap time.
Find a fun craft to put together if you enjoy doing crafts. If you're not familiar with crafting, search the internet for crafting ideas or pick up a book full of crafting ideas to keep on-hand for the next time it rains.
With the dull and gloomy weather outside, it is also important to make your home look lively during the rainy season. Welcome the monsoon with some bright changes in your home décor by trying out a few of these things.
While decorating your home, make sure that you place some candles and mild fragrances to let the moist smell escape from your home. Keep them handy on your centre tables or side tables, so that you can light them up in the evenings.
During the monsoon, dark corners enhance shadow play and create a gloomy ambience in the space.
Placing floor standing lamps in these corners gets rid of the shadows and brightens up the entire room. Also, try to use light curtains as it will give your home a pleasant look and allow sufficient amount of light to enter.
Change your cushion covers and get some brighter shades of yellows, oranges, reds, blues and greens. You can even experiment with some bold prints. They subtly complement the lush greenery visible from your windows and draw the freshness of nature in visually. Choose colours that complement each other and give your home a cheerful aura.
If your home doesn’t have a wind chime already, it's the best time to get one. The delicate ringing of wind chimes complements the pitter-patter of raindrops, producing a beautiful melody that lightly floats around your home to create a peaceful atmosphere.
Carpets and rugs uplift the overall look of the interiors. It is vital to keep your carpets clean and free from dampness in monsoon. Avoid using larger rugs in the house – use smaller foot mats instead, preferably made of bamboo or rubber which can absorb moisture and water easily.
Monsoon is by far one of the most exciting seasons of the year, when we can sit in the balcony of our homes and watch the rain drops fall. However, there is no denying the fact that this season causes the maximum damage to our homes. One of the worst affected with the downpour, are the walls. Read on to find out some natural ways by which you can rid your home of the dampness and mould during monsoon.
The moisture that collects within walls remains even after the monsoon season. Therefore, walls repainted after the rainy season are still prone to damage. It is best to get the painting of your walls done much prior to the setting in of the monsoons. A coat of waterproof cement paint is highly recommended to protect walls from damage. A coat of damp proof paint can be applied to the exterior of your house as a decorative as well as waterproof paint.
For the interiors of your house, ensure that there is cross-ventilation in your home. This will keep humidity levels in check and get rid of that feeling of dampness. One of the most important factors to be kept in mind to protect the walls from peeling is to choose the right kind of exterior paint. It prevents the rain water and moisture from entering the concrete structure.
Pour some white distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle, spray on the mouldy area and let it sit without rinsing for a few minutes to kill and dissolve the fungus. Then wipe away with a cloth or sponge. If you don't like the smell of vinegar, you may use other fermented liquids in a similar way.
Tea tree oil is a powerful natural fungicide. Add around 10 drops of tea tree oil to a spray bottle filled with water and spray it onto hard surfaces where the mould is growing. You can even spray it into a damped room – you might have to scrub a bit, but with repeated use, this essential oil will kill the fungus and help to prevent future growth.