I feel no shame in admitting that I use time savers.
The shame is more in the fact that I don’t use them because I’m BUSY or IMPORTANT and don’t have TIME to do things.
Instead the shame rests solely on the fact that I am butt-ass LAZY.
So I will give you my “Top Five Time-savers I Could Not / Will Not Live Without (In No Particular Order)” or “TFTSICNWNLW(INPO)” because acronyms are cool and will totally save you time.
Though it’s not one of my TFTSICNWNLW(INPO). Because that’s just silly.
1. CARDIGANS!. I cannot shout this loud enough for you to understand how much time cardigans! save me.
Have to get ready for work in 10 minutes because I slept in until 7:40am and have to leave the house by 7:50am to get to work by 8:05am and pretend I am on time? Throw on a (hopefully) clean t-shirt or top and cover it with a Cardigan!. Maybe add a scarf to Jaunt It Up!
I own maybe 6 or 7 cardigans! and (try to) rotate them, though I’ve been known to wear the same one 5 out of 7 days. And I don’t even care.
2. Slip on flats.
At any given time I own between 3 and 7 pairs. Currently I have a pair of dark green, a pair of red, and two pairs of black (one smooth, one suede-y). In addition, I have a pair with a candy print and a strap, a pair with cut-outs shaped like flowers, and a “fancy” pair with ~JEWELS~ (not to be confused with JULES) on their sides.
Flats are awesome for multiple reasons – quick to put on, good for pants or dresses, quick to take off, cute!, and pretty affordable.
I am currently coveting these:
3. SHREDDED CHEESE!
There we go.
Ok. Shredded cheese. My time and life saver.
It’s 8:30pm. We haven’t made dinner. We don’t want to.
What have we got? CHEESE. PRE SHREDDED. A MILLION OPTIONS ARE OPEN TO US! And we wont skin our knuckles off trying to shred our Costco block of cheddar!
Top 3 things that are quick to make and DELISHUS
-Quesadillas – we always have tortillas in the house. Because otherwise you are Un-American. Or something. (Usually we go for Quesadillas with veggies and maybe, if we are feeling industrious, some meat thrown in).
-Breakfast nachos – eggs, bacon, shredded cheese, bell peppers, onions, sometimes potatoes over chips. Bake or broil for 2 – 5 minutes, or until cheese is gooey. Not the most healthy but delicious and easy.
-Groiled Cheese – not grilled (though also delicious) but GROILED. Lightly toasted bread, fresh smushed garlic* spread on the toast, a slice of lunch meat (i go turkey) a slice of tomato or tomato sauce, topped with some shredded cheese. Broil for 2 – 5 minutes or until cheese is as melted as you want it. Eat like an open-faced sandwich.
*I usually microwave a couple of tablespoons of butter and mix in the garlic so it’s a GARLIC BUTTER. You can also prepare this butter ahead of time and store it in the fridge or freezer for a while to be used on whatever you please. Add more or less garlic to your taste.
4. Not Washing My Hair
Most people do some variation on this, but I have a system that saves me more time that I expected it to when I first worked it out.(Please note: I shower in the morning 90% of the time so my hair is usually wet daily and works for me.)
Day 1: Wash hair. Condition. Style/Wear/Etc.
Day 2: Ignore hair in shower. Style/Wear/Etc.
Day 3: Condition. Style/Wear/Etc.
Day 4: Ignore hair again. Style/Wear/Etc.
By day 4, the natural oils and the condition work together to overpower whatever goo you’ve put in your hair in the first place and I have no problem waiting that long to wash my hair. Plus, styling it gets easier because I fight with it less and put in less effort. TWO FOLD TIME SAVER!
Add in the time you save IN THE SHOWER washing it (it’s only like 3 minutes but man, that can be a LONG time!) and it becomes THREE-FOLD!
5. Roller Color Eye Shadow
Maybelline makes this roll-on eye shadow that my mom and I found at a Longs a few years ago. It’s quick and easy and saves me worrying about make-up in the morning. It’s enough for me to feel like I’ve put effort in without being a pain-in-the-ass.
I don’t use a pink (mine is a softer, lighter color that doesn’t appear to be on their list?) but highly recommend it if you ever bother with eye make up.
(I’m including a #6 that used to be #5 cause I remembered what #5 was supposed to be.)
6. Making my boyfriend drive me to work every morning
I almost used a different one but I think this really is one of the biggest. I didn’t want to put it in, because it’s not really that I make him drive me to work.
It was actually his idea. It wakes him up early enough to be on time to work in another town, and lets us have a little extra morning together time.
Plus I don’t have to leave the house 15 minutes earlier than normal to get to the bus stop in time to be on time to work. And I hate the bus.
If I didn’t get that ride every morning, my routine would be completely off and I wouldn’t have nearly as much time to get ready in the morning.
Time saver! And sleep saver! And sanity saver! Woo!
So those are the TFTSICNWNLW(INPO) that save ME time.
How about you?