The wet season in this part of the world has already begun. Although the weather remains warm, it’s no longer as punishingly hot as in the past weeks. Mornings are a little bit colder and afternoon rain shower have become more frequent. Make the most out of condo living for the coming rainy months byrevamping your space with a condo design and home items that are perfect for laidback rainy days.
Here are 10 ways you can do as acozy preparation for your condo space to welcome the cooler weather.
#1: Sleep with a comfy wool blanket
Ever noticed how your bed seems especially enticing during the rainy season?
Generally, the body warms up in the morning and cools down in the evening. “About one-to one and a half hours before falling asleep, the body starts to lose heat from its central core and that brings on increased feelings of tiredness in normal healthy adults,” according to Dr. Cameron Van den Heuvel, of the University of South Australia. This means the cooler weather facilitates sleep, making it easier to doze off.
Attain optimal sleep each night by wrapping yourself with a giant merino wool blanket. This popular blanket can also be used on your sofa bed in the living room.
#2: Install space-saving exercise tools
One of the benefits of condo living is the free access to indoor lifestyle amenities. The wet weather will not get in the way of your exercise routine because of the accessibility of a fitness gym and indoor gardens where you can do yoga or taichi. You can also incorporate space-saving exercise equipment into your condo space such as suspension trainers, doorway pull-up bars, and dumbbells.
#3: Subscribe to cable and/or Netflix
How to prepare your condo space for the cool weather? Sign up for a cable and/or Netflix subscription. Going to the theaters can be troublesome on rainy days so just imagine the difficulty of getting a cab, the traffic, and the flooded roads. Satisfy your movie watching cravings straight from the comfort of your own couch.
#4: Have a nice cup of tea with friends
Warm your body with a cup of tea. Do you know that this well-loved beverage is as effective as multivitamins in protecting the body against diseases? Tea boosts the immune system, reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke, and helps battle cancer. It has strong antioxidants that fight off free radicals.
Get yourself a nice tea set for various occasions. You can savor a steaming hot green tea after a long day in the office or aromatic jasmine tea with friends on rainy Saturday afternoons.
#5: Turn your living room into a coffee haven
The warm ambience, light jazz music and lingering whiff of roasted coffee beans make coffee shops a favorite rendezvous on cool rainy days. One of the cozy condo upgrades to welcome the rainy weather is a coffee shop-inspired design for your living room. You can get an industrial café table from a furniture store and vintage dining chairs from an antique shop. Repurpose baskets and mason jars for coffee-making supplies and mount a stunning pendant light on your reading area. Don’t forget your moka kettle or espresso maker!
#6: Lounge on floor cushions
The rainy season ahead will keep people indoors. How can you best spend your cold evenings at home? Read a good book or scribble on your bullet journal on comfy floor cushions. Floor cushions are space-saving alternatives to sofas. You can easily tuck them away in cabinets or under the bed. These large pillows are perfect for lounging in the living room or bedroom.
#7: Add new titles to your mini library
Since time immemorial, people have been finding refuge in books during lonesome rainy nights. Add new titles to your mini library. Check out Fully Booked’s bestsellers including the Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Mari Kondo, Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman and The Women Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropic Gothic by Nick Joaquin.
#8: Get into art therapy
Coloring books are not only for kids. “Coloring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or being [about] more mindfulness,” says Marygrace Berberian, a NYC-based certified art therapist.
For this rainy season, get into art therapy at home. Fully Booked and National Bookstore offer a wide selection of anti-stress coloring books and high-quality colored pencils. You can do this meditative activity in your living room, on the Sky Lounge or in the Lounge area.
#9: Enjoy a refreshing bath
End your toxic work day with a refreshing bath. You can add essential oils or bath bombs in a warm tub of water to help relax your tired muscles and nerves. A bath bomb is a hard-packed mixture of soothing salts, food coloring, fragrances, and fizzy bubbles. Not only is this soothing, it also makes night baths a little more fun. You can make your own bath bombs with ingredients available in grocery stores. Check this instructional guide by Scientific American.
#10: Dissolve your stressors with good music
Living in a condo has perks not available in traditional housing. Condos have standby electric generators that ensure you don’t suffer from power outages that typically occur on rainy seasons. There are indoors amenities inside the condo community that will keep you entertained when the streets are flooded. You can also relax in your condo space with a good selection of vinyl records. Play Tchaikovsky and Miles Davis in your condo living room while savoring a glass of red wine. If these classics aren’t available, your favorite tunes will do just as wonderfully.
Condo living is becoming a preferred housing option in the Philippines primarily because of comfort and convenience. The proximity of condos to major roads and business districts allow hardworking employees to cut commute time and pursue lifestyle endeavours. This rainy season, head straight home and indulge in a soothing bubble bath or a meditative coloring session in your comfy condo home.