Quick Fixes

What if we told you we could save you five hours, 40 minutes and 30 seconds a week? Scroll down to discover our time-saving tricks for all of life’s little (and big) tasks.

FASHION


Getting dressed is hard enough (wait, can I wear a crop top?). Take solace in these four sartorial time-savers.

Forgo the Iron

Time Saved: 2 Minutes

No time to pull out the ironing board? Hang that blouse in the bathroom while you lather up. It’s not the best method, but anything that allows for a longer, hotter shower is just fine with us.

Skip the Gym

Time Saved: 6 Months

You signed up for Pilates and were guaranteed a body like Gisele’s. What gives? Instead, try Ruby Ribbon--everyday clothing with lightweight shapewear built right in. It’s your basic T-shirt, skirt, dress or pants, but with a secret slimming layer.

Ruby Ribbon Tee ($59)

Dump the Cobbler

Time Saved: 1 Week

Sugru is like a miracle goo that can put just about anything back together. Essentially a self-setting rubber, it can be formed by hand and hardens into a strong but flexible silicone. Hope you weren’t friends with your cobbler.

Sugru ($10)

Shorten Laundry Day

Time Saved: 20 Minutes

Sponsored

Feel like you spend half your life in the laundry room? With the new LG Mega Capacity Washer with TurboWash, you can save 20 minutes on any load (even your heaviest pile) due to its large capacity and fast performance. You’ll be out the door in a clean blouse lickety-split.

LG Mega Capacity Washer with TurboWash® ($1500)

FOOD


Whoever says chopping veggies relieves stress is a liar. Here’s how to prepare dinner without resorting to the Thai takeout menu.

Lose the Pan

Time Saved: 1 Hour

Lasagna usually involves a great deal of time and numerous pots and pans, but this version can be whipped up in a single skillet. We’re happy to report it’s every bit as wonderful as the cheesy original.

Stop Chopping

Time Saved: 10 Minutes

We’ll let you in on a little secret: Pick up pre-chopped veggies at your local salad bar for hearty pastas or homemade pizza. It’ll save you loads of time, plus having to wash a knife.

Dodge the Mess

Time Saved: 3 Minutes

Wrangling an avocado. Sometimes you remove the pit on the first try. Other times, well, it’s a lost cause. Pick up this nifty avocado slicer, stat.

Norpro Avocado Slicer ($10)

Ditch the Oven

Time Saved: 20 Minutes

Forget roasting. Warm weather means taking advantage of that flashy grill your wannabe Bobby Flay husband bought last year. Just skewer some veggies, set the grill to medium heat and they’ll be done before you know it.

Beauty


Two life truths: Washing your face is overrated. Oh, and curling irons are for schmucks.

Skip the Shower

Time Saved: 10 Minutes

The meeting starts...now. So sopping-wet hair just isn’t in the cards. Get your hands on some dry shampoo. Give your mane a quick mist, let it sit for 30 seconds and then comb through.

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo ($20)

Lose Your Brow Filler

Time Saved: 2 Minutes

Filling your brows should be reserved for weddings and anytime you might run into your ex. When you’re in a pinch, a touch of tinted gel gives your brows the same pulled-together appeal in less than half the time.

Eyeko Brow Gel ($24)

Adios, Curling Wand

Time Saved: 35 Minutes

We’ve found a secret trick for getting gorgeous curls without any heat. All you need is a comb and a stretchy headband. Watch this video to see how it’s done.

Forgo the Face Wash

Time Saved: 3 Minutes

Behold, micellar water--a makeup remover and cleanser in one. This no–water magical formula veritably “gobbles up” impurities without stripping moisture. Pour a drop onto a cotton ball and in one swipe, you’re done.

Bioderma Micellar Water ($32)

home


You’re no Martha, but there has to be a better way than presoaking dishes. Give these handy tips a whirl…and get back to that Bravo marathon.

Say No to Disassembly

Time Saved: 8 Minutes

Instead of taking apart your blender (and forgetting how to put it back together), add water and a dash of soap, then give it a whirl. Watch this short video to see how it’s done.

Skip the Paintbrush

Time Saved: 55 Minutes

A space-efficient alternative to holding on to old paint cans, the Slobproof pen lets you store a small amount of color for easy, mess-free wall touch-ups. We love the pen’s accuracy for negotiating intricate corners and tiny dings.

Slobproof Paint Pen ($10)

Don’t Scrub the Microwave

Time Saved: 12 Minutes

Seriously, this trick works. Simply place a bowl of white vinegar in the center of your microwave (obviously, in a microwave-safe bowl) and run the appliance for five minutes. The grime loosens up so you can wipe it away with one paper towel.

Nix the Dish Soap

Time Saved: 30 Minutes

SPONSORED

Soaking dishes before you put them into the dishwasher is so 2010. The LG TrueSteam Dishwasher is gentle enough to clean fragile items like your favorite wine glasses, but can also be used on the heavy-duty grime found on that mac-and-cheese pot.

LG TrueSteam® Dishwasher ($1,100)

errands


Traffic jams. Postage that costs more than your lunch. Running errands is the worst. Until you discover ways to make them better.

Don’t Pay in Cash

Time Saved: 9 Minutes

Is there anything more annoying than trying to split the bill? (“Angela had two glasses of wine…”) Thankfully, Venmo allows you to seamlessly transfer money among friends, coworkers or anyone else in your phone book. We don’t know how we lived before it.

Sayonara, Costco

Time Saved: 59 Minutes

No one, we repeat, no one likes to wait in line. Boxed is a new app for buying basic necessities in bulk sans membership fees or 19-person checkout lines. It’s still up to you to figure out where to stash all that toilet paper.

Avoid the Traffic

Time Saved: 2 Hours

Waze is our lifesaver when it comes to snaking around bumper-to-bumper jams. The app alerts you to the most traffic-free route to your destination.

Sidestep the Stamps

Time Saved: 4 Days

You remembered her birthday was today... this morning. Luckily, you sent a note through CleverCards, which she received by the afternoon. Phew.

Forgo the Iron

Time Saved: 2 Minutes

No time to pull out the ironing board? Hang that blouse in the bathroom while you lather up. It’s not the best method, but anything that allows for a longer, hotter shower is just fine with us.

Dump the Cobbler

Time Saved: 1 Week

Sugru is like a miracle goo that can put just about anything back together. Essentially a self-setting rubber, it can be formed by hand and hardens into a strong but flexible silicone. Hope you weren’t friends with your cobbler.

Sugru ($10)

FASHION


Getting dressed is hard enough (wait, can I wear a crop top?). Take solace in these four sartorial time-savers.

Skip the Gym

Time Saved: 6 Months

You signed up for Pilates and were guaranteed a body like Gisele’s. What gives? Instead, try Ruby Ribbon--everyday clothing with lightweight shapewear built right in. It’s your basic T-shirt, skirt, dress or pants, but with a secret slimming layer.

Ruby Ribbon Tee ($59)

Shorten Laundry Day

Time Saved: 20 Minutes

Sponsored

Feel like you spend half your life in the laundry room? With the new LG Mega Capacity Washer with TurboWash, you can save 20 minutes on any load (even your heaviest pile) due to its large capacity and fast performance. You’ll be out the door in a clean blouse lickety-split.

LG Mega Capacity Washer with TurboWash® ($1500)

Lose the Pan

Time Saved: 1 Hour

Lasagna usually involves a great deal of time and numerous pots and pans, but this version can be whipped up in a single skillet. We’re happy to report it’s every bit as wonderful as the cheesy original.

Dodge the Mess

Time Saved: 3 Minutes

Wrangling an avocado. Sometimes you remove the pit on the first try. Other times, well, it’s a lost cause. Pick up this nifty avocado slicer, stat.

Norpro Avocado Slicer ($10)

FOOD


Whoever says chopping veggies relieves stress is a liar. Here’s how to prepare dinner without resorting to the Thai takeout menu.

Stop Chopping

Time Saved: 10 Minutes

We’ll let you in on a little secret: Pick up pre-chopped veggies at your local salad bar for hearty pastas or homemade pizza. It’ll save you loads of time, plus having to wash a knife.

Ditch the Oven

Time Saved: 20 Minutes

Forget roasting. Warm weather means taking advantage of that flashy grill your wannabe Bobby Flay husband bought last year. Just skewer some veggies, set the grill to medium heat and they’ll be done before you know it.

Skip the Shower

Time Saved: 10 Minutes

The meeting starts...now. So sopping-wet hair just isn’t in the cards. Get your hands on some dry shampoo. Give your mane a quick mist, let it sit for 30 seconds and then comb through.

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo ($20)

Adios, Curling Wand

Time Saved: 35 Minutes

We’ve found a secret trick for getting gorgeous curls without any heat. All you need is a comb and a stretchy headband. Watch this video to see how it’s done.

Beauty


Two life truths: Washing your face is overrated. Oh, and curling irons are for schmucks.

Lose Your Brow Filler

Time Saved: 2 Minutes

Filling your brows should be reserved for weddings and anytime you might run into your ex. When you’re in a pinch, a touch of tinted gel gives your brows the same pulled-together appeal in less than half the time.

Eyeko Brow Gel ($24)

Forgo the Face Wash

Time Saved: 3 Minutes

Behold, micellar water--a makeup remover and cleanser in one. This no–water magical formula veritably “gobbles up” impurities without stripping moisture. Pour a drop onto a cotton ball and in one swipe, you’re done.

Bioderma Micellar Water ($32)

Say No to Disassembly

Time Saved: 8 Minutes

Instead of taking apart your blender (and forgetting how to put it back together), add water and a dash of soap, then give it a whirl. Watch this short video to see how it’s done.

Don’t Scrub the Microwave

Time Saved: 12 Minutes

Seriously, this trick works. Simply place a bowl of white vinegar in the center of your microwave (obviously, in a microwave-safe bowl) and run the appliance for five minutes. The grime loosens up so you can wipe it away with one paper towel.

home


You’re no Martha, but there has to be a better way than presoaking dishes. Give these handy tips a whirl…and get back to that Bravo marathon.

Skip the Paintbrush

Time Saved: 55 Minutes

A space-efficient alternative to holding on to old paint cans, the Slobproof pen lets you store a small amount of color for easy, mess-free wall touch-ups. We love the pen’s accuracy for negotiating intricate corners and tiny dings.

Slobproof Paint Pen ($10)

Nix the Dish Soap

Time Saved: 30 Minutes

SPONSORED

Soaking dishes before you put them into the dishwasher is so 2010. The LG TrueSteam Dishwasher is gentle enough to clean fragile items like your favorite wine glasses, but can also be used on the heavy-duty grime found on that mac-and-cheese pot.

LG TrueSteam® Dishwasher ($1,100)

Don’t Pay in Cash

Time Saved: 9 Minutes

Is there anything more annoying than trying to split the bill? (“Angela had two glasses of wine…”) Thankfully, Venmo allows you to seamlessly transfer money among friends, coworkers or anyone else in your phone book. We don’t know how we lived before it.

Avoid the Traffic

Time Saved: 2 Hours

Waze is our lifesaver when it comes to snaking around bumper-to-bumper jams. The app alerts you to the most traffic-free route to your destination.

errands


Traffic jams. Postage that costs more than your lunch. Running errands is the worst. Until you discover ways to make them better.

Sayonara, Costco

Time Saved: 59 Minutes

No one, we repeat, no one likes to wait in line. Boxed is a new app for buying basic necessities in bulk sans membership fees or 19-person checkout lines. It’s still up to you to figure out where to stash all that toilet paper.

Sidestep the Stamps

Time Saved: 4 Days

You remembered her birthday was today... this morning. Luckily, you sent a note through CleverCards, which she received by the afternoon. Phew.