It’s nearly that time of the year my fellow Kiwi’s! When a trip to the beach means everyone does the ow! ow! ow! tip toe to the water across red hot sand.
Remember coming home to a sauna-like house at the end of a long day?
Or felt (and looked!) like a boiled beetroot after too much unprotected time in the sun?
It’s time to get organised! Stay cool and comfy with these super easy tips you can pop into your daily or weekly routine:
1. Make Smart Spots for hat and sunnies.
Keep sun hats near the main door, easy to grab as you head out the door or jump in the car. Put up hooks or make a space so it’s easy and becomes a habit.
2. Get prepared for fun!
Keep beach towels and soft, crushable sun hats and sunblock in a big bag or crate in the boot of your car for spontaneous beach visits (and don’t forget spare jandals!)
3. Make Smart Spots for sunblock.
Have sunblock available in the most obvious places, on the bathroom vanity, the kitchen bench, near school bags and by the door.
4. Make sunblock a habit.
Make applying sunblock part of your routine before everyone leaves the house. Try putting it on before you get dressed, you’ll avoid getting it on your clothes.
5. Make staying hydrated so easy.
Refill empty water bottles the night before and pop them in the fridge ready to go the next morning.
6. Keep the sun out when it’s just too hot.
Draw the curtains on the side of the house that gets afternoon sun, before you leave the house in the morning. It’ll be a lot cooler when you get home.
7. Get maximum coolness at home.
Open windows on opposite sides of the room or house to create a cooling cross breeze. Investigate security latches at a hardware store and door stops too, slamming doors are not relaxing!
8. Get everyone moving, even when it’s really hot!
Too hot to exercise? Get everyone out of the house for a walk in the cool of the evening or try and get up a little earlier, make time for yourself in the morning to walk in the fresh cool air.
9. Keep your togs in good nick.
Rinse out swim wear and chuck them on the line as soon as you get home, sticky, smelly, cold, damp togs are horrible to put on!
10. Use your calendar!
Schedule outdoor activities around the worst sunburn times, or if you can’t – Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap! And sip, keep water around all the time. https://www.sunsmart.org.nz/
Liz The Tidy Lady
Declutter Coach & Tidyness Expert
PS: Don’t forget your dogs feet, if it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot, it’s too hot for them!