Wednesday, April 18, 2012

How to Get Ready in 10 Minutes

On those mornings when you realize you slept through the alarm, or your kids are running wild and the dog just left a mess on the floor, you need a simplified routine. Or, maybe you feel like you’re running late every morning and you need a quick and easy way to get out the door. I have some tried-and-true tricks to avoid being very late!

Your morning routine is heavily influenced by your nighttime routine, so getting some things done at night will drastically improve your mornings. Here are some tasks to start working into your nightly routine:
  1. Pre-pack your bags: Get into the habit of packing your bags the night before. Whether that’s your purse, your work bag, your kids’ backpacks, or the diaper bag. Even if you aren’t pressed for time, it’s much easier to forget things in the morning. Make sure you have your essentials back in the bags and they’re packed and ready.
  2. Plan for lunch the night before: Pack lunches for school or pack a lunch for work. If you make this a part of your nighttime routine, you won’t be stressing over preparing a meal in the morning. Grab it from the fridge on your way out, along with your breakfast. Your meals for the day will be taken care of — no extra morning time required!
  3. Prep the coffee pot: No explanation needed - pressing brew while you scramble to get things together is a heck of a lot easier than measuring amongst the madness!
Being busy is no excuse to walk out of the house looking like a total slob. Here’s a 5 minute beauty routine!
  1. Skip a Hair Washing: Not only is skipping a wash really healthy for your hair, it’s a super time saver! If you haven’t tried dry shampoo yet, you’re missing out. It freshens your hair, adds volume, and removes oil. Pull your hair up into a ponytail, add a headband for a polished look, and bam — great hair in under a minute.
  2. Make a Go-To Outfit: Don’t waste time trying to figure out what to wear, but also don’t throw on a thoughtless outfit. You should mentally have an outfit that you can always throw on when you’re pressed for time, that looks totally great. A blazer, jeans, and flats (or a wrap dress if your work dress code requires) is easy and works for pretty much any season. You’ll look totally pulled together and polished! Remember: You don’t necessarily have to trade comfort for beauty either :-)
  3. Minimize your Makeup Routine: Instead of skipping your makeup routine all together, use some time-saving products to make it a super quick one. Tinted moisturizer, a makeup stick for blush, eyes and lips, and some mascara should cover all the basics. These products offer coverage, color, and some definition for your eyes, and should take about a minute or two to apply. Easy!
BAM! You should be out the door, looking pulled together and on time. Or, close to on time at least. And, get more tips on How to Get Ready in 10 Minutes.
Author Bio: Sarah is a writer for Handbag Heaven, she loves sharing fashion tips with savvy women everywhere! When she is not sharing style advice on the best oftote bags and fashion handbags, she is reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband.

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