This post is a little out of the ordinary for me- it’s definitely more in the category of “life” than the design and DIY niche. But the other day I thinking about all of the helpful real life time savers that truly help keep me from falling apart some days, and I thought I’d share. Some you probably use these yourself, and some you may not have thought of. And to clarify, this isn’t time management strategies (the good Lord knows there are far more qualified people than me to teach about that!) These are just some products and services that I find helpful, and hope you will, too.
So here’s my life. I’m an RN, work full time in administration, and travel a lot. I usually work about 45-50 hours a week. I wake up a couple of hours before everyone else to work on the blog every day. After work, I’m usually home by 6. Then whatever activity the boys are doing, homework, dinner, then bed, hopefully by 10. By Friday, I’m exhausted, and I usually crash by about 8:30 or 9 if we are home.
My time is valuable to me. Some days it feels like literally every second of my day is scheduled out. I don’t mind paying a little more for something, or for a service, if it will save me time, and let me spend a little more time with my family.
Here are my favorite time savers:
I really, really love Stitch Fix. There’s a reason why the tagline is “Save Time, Look Better”. If you aren’t familiar, Stitch Fix is a personal stylist service. You complete a style profile, including sizes, and a personal stylist chooses 5 clothing or accessory items and sends them to you. You try them on at home, and then send back what doesn’t work. There is a $20 styling fee, but if you buy something, that fee is rolled into the cost of what you buy, and there is a discount for buying all 5 items. I have been using Stitch Fix for a few years now and I love it!
I started using Stitch Fix after I was working in the ER and also finishing up my master’s degree clinical hours- between the two, I was in scrubs probably 70 hours a week (oh, how I wish I was exaggerating). By the end, I literally could not figure out how to dress myself out of scrubs. Stitch Fix helped me get my style back.
In the beginning, I got monthly fixes, but now I usually get a Fix just once a season. The best part is, it’s not a subscription service. You can set your Fix up to be however often you want, or just whenever you schedule them. And, although I love fashion, I’m not a great shopper, and I don’t have a lot of time to shop. My Stitch Fix stylist nails it every single time. I always get compliments whenever I wear a Stitch Fix outfit!
I take it back. The best part is, she always sends me jeans that fit. I don’t know how, because I can try them on in the store and they never fit right, but the jeans she sends- perfect.
If you want to try Stitch Fix, you can use this link. It has my referral code embedded. I’ll get a credit on my Stitch Fix account, and you’ll get your $20 styling fee waived!
I’m not a great cook. But I can follow a recipe.
For me, the absolute worst part is trying to figure out what to make for dinner that the boys aren’t bored with. Then trying to figure out ingredients. I feel like that takes forever! With Home Chef, all I have to do is pick out the meal, and Home Chef sends the ingredients already portioned out. All I have to do is prep and cook. I can handle that.
Home Chef can get pricey, so we only do it a couple of times a month, and I keep an eye out for recipes that I know the boys really like (the pork Thai lettuce wraps are their favorites!) But it’s a lot cheaper, and healthier, than going through drive-thru because I wasn’t prepared for dinner. Again.
*I apologize, that link sends you to their landing page which automatically plays a video. I hate that! I almost didn’t include them because of this. But, ultimately I feel like their service is worth it. Just mute your speakers if you click over if the video would play at a bad time for you. This isn’t a referral link by the way 🙂
Downy Wrinkle Releaser
This seems silly, but we use this stuff like it’s going out of style! I can’t tell you how many times one of the boys has changed their shirt as we were walking out the door in the morning…and their new clean shirt looked like it was rolled up in a little ball under their bed, it was so covered in wrinkles! What tha????
I just can’t stand for them to walk out of the house in wrinkled clothes. But I also don’t have time to get the iron out ten times either, especially as we’re leaving in the morning. I have literally sprayed them with Downy Wrinkle Releaser while they have their shirts on their bodies and watched those wrinkles disappear. It’s pretty satisfying actually, and so much quicker than ironing!
I have to dress up for work, and I have several pieces that are dry clean only. Nope. I haven’t been to a dry cleaner in years. I use Woolite or Dryel for all of my dry clean only stuff. I live out in the boonies, anyway. Who has time to go to a dry cleaner? Besides, this stuff works great. The Woolite is especially good at getting rid of stains.
This is Kroger’s curbside pick-up grocery service. Y’all, I am seriously in love with this. This is, hands down, my favorite time saver ever! It does cost $4.95, but it is well worth it! I can’t even tell you the savings in both time and money that this services affords us. Time because, duh. And also, it is so easy to build your list online, because it remembers what you buy every week, and is also shows you the sale items from that list! Money because we’re sticking to our list every week- no impulse buys. It’s awesome. I so wish we had this when the boys were babies. I’m not even kidding, it takes me about 5 minutes to make my list, and about 5 minutes to pick up my groceries. It’s amazing!
If you don’t have a Kroger near you, I see that some WalMart, Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, and other retailers are rolling out curbside grocery pick up too. Give it a try- I hope you love it like I love ClickList!
I hope this list was helpful! What time savers do you have to share? Lord knows, I could use some help too!