Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to conserve water this summer with shorter (or fewer) showers.
I’m a big fan of long showers, personally, so this is a tough one for me (and there’s a reason I’m sharing it in the summer, not the cold Michigan winters!). Once I get in that warm water, I just never want to get out. There’s probably something to be said about an escape from a 3-year-old and 6-year-old, too, some moments of solace that I don’t want to end. (photo source)
Step One: How Much Water do You Use?
To begin your mission, I want to recommend a little fact-finding activity:
Plug the bathtub when you take your next shower.
It was a revelation to me when I did this, because even though I was trying to hurry, the tub got far more full than when I give the kids a bath. I was practically swimming!
I was convinced I was a big fat water-waster and it was time to change my ways. During the summer, I did pretty well, but I’m telling you – when the house is 64F in the winter, I fell right back into 15-minute showers, which likely uses 40-75 gallons of water. Holy toots! Join me as I turn over a new summer leaf!
Take shorter showers. You’ll also gain a few minutes in your day/morning routine, which never hurts either.
Other Ways to Conserve Shower Water
Taking a shorter shower isn’t the only option. You could also:
- Take fewer showers (I’m an every other day kind of gal, which works well with the no ‘poo shampoo method)
- Skip washing your hair every day (at least for women, a quick wash is a huge difference from washing and conditioning one’s hair)
- Install a low-flow showerhead
- Take baths (most sources online state that the average bath takes between 30-70 gallons of water – wow! If you take long showers and shallow baths, however, a bath would be a better water saver)
- Turn the water off to shave, then turn it back on for a quick rinse. If you plug the tub while you begin your shower, you have water to swish off the razor between swipes if you need it.
- Share a shower with your spouse. Tee hee! Two for one deal!
Another Way to Pamper Yourself
If your shower is your “mommy time” or “me time” and you miss the pampering, Renee Harris of MadeOn Hard Lotion has a fun new resource for you: My Buttered Life Summer Edition, an eBook with 5 recipes for DIY personal products, each with 5 or fewer perfectly safe ingredients. You’ll get instructions for:
- Foot Protector Bar (Renee’s son tested this one by going barefoot for 20 days!)
- Full Body Conditioner
- Bug Repellent Bar
- Tan Enhancer
KS readers had such a great response to Renee’s DIY lotion kit that I am certain you’ll love this guide. For $5, 5 recipe, under 5 ingredients each (with sources to help you find the supplies), it’s a great deal! Click HERE to read more and order.
Simple Missions, Kimball Update
I have a whole bunch of simple Monday Mission ideas that are just perfect for the lazy days of summer, so you’ll see a number of those coming in the next 6 weeks. They’re about all I can handle right now, for the reasons below!
For those who like a good challenge, keep you eye on the series a Sweet, Sweet Summer, when we’ll explore one natural sweetener each week, how it’s made, why it’s better than white sugar (or not) and how to source the good stuff. The first installment shared the nutrition in honey, a list of all my honey recipes (including a new snack!) and instructions for baking with honey. Watch this week for round two, maple syrup and maple sugar. Pancakes, anyone?
A quick update on the last 10 days in the Kimball household:
- Made the call to live with the in-laws instead of rent, against all reader and parental advice.
- Moved 95% of our stuff to a storage unit. Serious tetris action to make it all fit!
- Moved the remaining 5% to the in-laws’ house. They only freaked out a little about how much stuff 4-going-on-5 people need for a possible 3-6 months. (It’s actually probably only 2% of our stuff!)
- Moving took 5 days! Totally exhausted.
- In-laws left for the weekend. Providential. We got settled as a family and had a nice transition.
- Looking for The Perfect House resumes! Motivation is high.
- Baby due in about a month (although my hunch says a week later than the August 8th due date). Time to wash baby clothes and get “nesting!!!” (Now that I have a nest to line…)
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