A Winter Without Heat (So Far!) Tips To Stay Warm

It's mid-February, and I've yet to plug in my space heater. Not so impressive when you consider all those 68-degree gorgeous San Francisco days in January, but somewhat impressive when I think of all the days I could see my breath...in my apartment...

This seems fairly common here in the Bay Area, with many people going without heat for financial &/or ecological reasons, or because finding a effective space heater (and battling the lack of insulation in most buildings) can prove so frustrating and expensive. (But please, let us all know if you have a little heater that you love!). Everyone has their favorite staying-warm-on-rainy-nights tips, so please share yours. Here are some of mine....

  • Boots! I always feel like if my feet get cold, it's over, and floors can stay so, so cold. I was lucky enough to receive a pair of super-cozy boots as a gift this winter. They're perfect for romping in the snow on frigid days- or wearing around the apartment every night after work. It's very apres-ski!
  • Bake! Roasting vegetables for dinner or making a batch of muffins for weekend breakfasts does wonders to take the chill off, though you might find yourself camping out in the kitchen most mornings and evenings. There's nothing wrong with that! It's usually one of the nicest places to be. (I'm definitely not advocating using your oven to heat your home- but if you're cooking anyway, why not make the place nice & toasty?)
  • Frequent Fast Showers It never gets truly cold in San Francisco, but that chilly fog can really get you, and it often seems like the only way to truly warm up is to take a hot shower. I've traded my usual daily 10-minute shower for two or three 2- or 3-minute showers, to warm up in the morning, after work, and before bed.
  • Early to Bed This one is getting dangerous, as I find myself contemplating my nice warm bed right after dinner....approximately 7:30pm. That may be a bit too early, but going to bed at 10pm and getting up at 6(ish)am allows me to sleep during the coldest times, and to use less electric light in the bargain
  • Nightcaps A soft stocking cap keeps me warm when there are no more blankets to pile on the bed, and a tiny glass of port before bed warms me from the inside.

Image: Cute vintage heater from AtomicAttic

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