There are two kinds of people in this world: those who excitedly welcome the arrival of the rains and those who get depressed at the thought of it. Regardless of which side you are on, you need to make certain preparations for monsoon. Umbrellas, raincoats and other protective gear are of course first on the list. Similarly, you also need to prepare your home for the rains. So without further ado, we present to you 5 useful tips to make your home monsoon-ready.
1. Replace all your expensive like carpets, rugs and mats with inexpensive ones. That way you do not have to worry about the muck and dirt botching up the expensive and susceptible floor-ware in your rooms.
2. Always place a doormat, a raincoat hanger and an umbrella holder outside your home. Ensure that you clear the rainwater that gets collected in the umbrella holder, every day.
3. As awesome as waterlogged streets are, they prove to be quite an inconvenience sometimes. If you do not want the dirty water from the streets to enter your disinfected house, keep a separate rack for wet boots outside your home. You can also keep a small tub full of water and disinfectants so that visitors can wash their feet outside.
4. Drying clothes in monsoon can prove to be a bit of a nightmare. While the backyard and terrace are out of the question, you can leave your clothes out in the veranda. But there’s no guarantee that the sun will kiss them. A simple clothesline inside your room, under the fan could do the trick, though. While it is not the most pleasing to look at, it is rather effective. Besides, you could leave them to dry overnight and dismantle your rig during the daytime. It takes literally five minutes.
5. Puddles of rainwater look beautiful, but when the raindrops are not making the ripples, it is usually the mosquitoes on stagnant water. And it’s up to you to keep them out. The first option you have is screens for doors and windows – they keep the pests out and allow for ventilation. Likewise, you could try a more inexpensive option – shutting all doors and windows tight in the evening (or at dawn, if your sleep cycle permits). This is because most mosquitoes are crepuscular, which means that they are active during twilight hours.