How to shave 10 minutes off your getting-ready routine

Do you have a love affair with your snooze button? Follow these tips to get your day off to a good start, no matter how late you wake up:

Dry shampoo: Dry shampoo has come a long way since its days as a darling of nursing homes. Lots of women rely on their can of dry shampoo to cut down on the number of washes necessary in a week, and an added bonus is increased volume. A single can doesn’t cost much, but beware of spraying it too close to your head and ending up with visible whiteness in your hair.

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Minimize that makeup routine: A BB cream combines products like moisturizer, SPF, and a bit of tint to conceal complexion flaws. Keep a bottle in your vanity and make it a habit to apply every morning to cover all your bases in one step. Just dab on some lip balm and swipe on some mascara, and you’re out the door.

Lay out your clothes the night before: You did it in grade school, and you can do it again. Choosing the next day’s outfit ahead of time reduces that “what to wear?” frustration come morning. It’ll also help you stay on top of laundry because you’ll realize ahead of time if certain items you want to wear are buried in the hamper.


Shower at night: Not only will showering at night cut your getting-ready time, but it can relax and calm you before bed. Better sleep = an easier time waking up the next day.

Stash an easy breakfast: Don’t skip the most important meal of the day! Instead, stock up on yogurts, bananas, and healthy granola bars you can grab and go. And keep a small bag of nuts and dried fruit in your car for a quick energy boost.

Lastly, set your alarm for the latest possible time you can wake up; that way, you won’t be tempted to push snooze repeatedly and lose track of time.

Feature photo by Sonja Langford on Unsplash

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