I’ve been on a mission to shorten my morning routine as much as possible. Traffic on my way to work can be nasty, so the earlier I can get on the road, the better. I have gotten it down to 20 minutes flat – showered, hair washed, moisturized, make-up, and hair styled, all in 20 minutes. For me, that’s pretty good.
What are my secrets? I have three of them, and they are all about minimizing.
The first step is makeup. Confession time – the way I stored my makeup/hair products used to be a bit…cluttered. I kept all of my makeup together in a cosmetics bag, and I threw all of my styling products in a drawer. And though it resembled something akin to organizational chaos, in my compartmentalized mind, it made sense. This is what it used to look like.
Well the reality is, unless I’m going out or attending a special occasion, I use the same handful of products every day. Nevertheless, I waste time digging through everything each morning just to find what I need.
Lightbulb moment – why don’t I just separate the two: the everyday from the everything else. This would save on search time, in turn shaving off a few minutes of my morning routine, while also reducing stress-inducing clutter. It’s a win win! I found this little shelf organizer, and now everything has its place. Happy Paula.
The second incredibly easy trick is to lay out your clothes the night before – and (this is key) be sure you’re actually going to wear them the next day. (This is much easier when you minimize your options, which I will discuss in another post) I am definitely guilty of putting on more than one outfit in the morning, because I can’t decide what to wear. What a time-suck! By doing this little task the night before, you’re out the door that much quicker (the same holds true if you bring your lunch to work with you – pack it the night before).
My final time saver might not be for everyone, but it is certainly the most effective for me. About a month ago I got fed up with doing my hair every morning. It is ridiculously thick, so the wash-dry-style shtick day after day just got old (plus it’s bad for the hair!) So I went to my hair stylist, and I asked her to give me a wash-and-go cut. Best. Decision. Ever. Now I just towel dry, throw in some product, and I’m ready to go. (This is the stuff I like). If you’re not ready to make that leap, I still recommend talking with your stylist about getting the most manageable cut for your hair type. Why fight with your hair when you don’t have to?
And that’s it! Three easy steps to getting out the door in 20 minutes flat.
What are your get ready-quick-tricks? I’d love to hear them! Let me know below!