life in a tiny apartment.

June 26, 2013

Tip #69: In the summertime, take a cold shower.

You do this already, don’t you?

I’m a baby when it comes to being cold. I can handle a cool shower for the first few minutes and then I get all goosebumpy and before I know it, I’ve reached my hand back to the faucet to crank up the heat. Even on the hottest days, when all I can think about is cooling off,  I still find myself under a hot shower. But lately I’ve been putting my short-term comfort on the back burner and thinking about the long-run.

When you take a shower in a tiny apartment the entire “house” takes on the microclimate of the bathroom. If it’s it hot and steamy in there, it’s only a matter of minutes before it’s hot and steamy everywhere. And with only one window, there’s no such thing as cross breezes for quickly airing the place out. Taking a hot shower is lovely, getting dressed in a swampy apartment is not.

So: Brave the goosebumps and take a cold shower. And if you’re like me, bonus points for all the water you’ll save.

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  • Reply Jen June 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I'm really good at cold showers after a workout or run but otherwise I'm a sissy like you, wanting to reach back or the hot water. I agree though, swampy post-shower home is no fun.

  • Reply Ida June 26, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    On a hot day it's better to take luke warm showers; the cold water causes the pores to close and you'll feel even hotter afterwards. try it! 🙂

  • Reply Lauren Ashley June 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Oh my gosh, so true! You can always tell when someone has showered in our place. Thankfully, San Francisco is a little less balmy.

  • Reply pretty little things June 26, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I hear you! I'm all about the cold showers during this heat wave we are having in Jersey! xo

  • Reply Rosie June 26, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I love taking cold showers once in a while! It's the best feeling! Reminds me of being little, and running around underneath the sprinklers in the garden.

  • Reply rebecca June 26, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    90 degrees outside and i'm still in a hot shower. i donno why i do it to myself.

  • Reply Harri Davison June 26, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I'd never thought of this, I absolutely hate putting my make up on when it's hot & steamy in the flat. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  • Reply Katie June 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I'm thinking about the water bill being lowered, and I'm mostly convinced. Mostly. Farewell, heated water.


  • Reply Nicole June 26, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    After running my oven for 3 hours straight last night, my tiny apartment was rather hot. I tried to take a cold(ish) shower and like you, turned up the heat after about 2 seconds. I'll have to try again! It's just. so. hard!!!

  • Reply Caitlin @ Our Natural Heritage June 27, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    My friend gifted me this peppermint lotion for my birthday last winter and I've been saving it for the summer. It really does help you cool down after a shower- just be careful about areas with sensitive skin because it's very tingly!

  • Reply caitlin June 28, 2013 at 12:37 am

    I did this this morning and it was glorious!

  • Reply Teagan Kahla January 29, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Thankyou for sharing! I will have to try this in our small bathroom.
    All of your tips have been very helpful.

    – Teagan Kahla

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