We're set to hit 80s and maybe even 90s this weekend... And I'm not talking about music. It's time for our first summer HEAT WAVE! Here are 5 quick tips to stay cool on a budget.
1. Close the curtains
When the sun is beating down on your windows during the day, shut the shades! Bonus points if your curtains are insulated. I just picked up some of these lined curtains at Target for my new place. They keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter, while blocking most light at night. I love 'em.
2. Create a cross breeze
This is a great way to cool down your house, especially at night when the sun goes down. Open any windows directly across from each other and let the breeze blow. You'll be surprised (and thrilled) at how fast it cools down the house.
3. Stay hydrated
If you're sweating, you're also creeping towards dehydration. Keep hydrated and cool down with a tall glass of ice water. You should drink more water on a hot day than you would normally, and really up your intake if you plan to exercise.
For just a few dollars you can have several dozen cold and fruity treats to cool you off. If you're feeling creative, make your own popsicles! Combine juice and fruit in a plastic cup, add a popsicle stick, and freeze until solid. No need to get fancy popsicle making trays if you don't want to! The popsicle stick may not stand up straight, but they'll be just as tasty.
5. Use AC sparingly
Look how excited she looks with her new air conditioner in the window! Something tells me these old fashioned AC units were not very efficient. Even today's models use up a lot of electricity and cost you a fortune. However, when the heat gets really bad and it impacts your ability to quality sleep, you may need to turn it on. Use your AC sparingly. Turn it on to cool off your room just before bed and keep the door closed to your room so they cold air stays where you want it.
Stay cool! I can't wait for some warmer days. I've got a whole wardrobe of summer dresses just waiting to be worn!
Do you have any plans to enjoy the warmer weather this weekend?