A couple of weeks ago, I met up with a friend for coffee. We hadn't spoken in a while, and the conversation invariably led to our hectic schedules. By no means were we married with kids like some of our friends but, with a laugh, we both acknowledged how work had become our boyfriends.
As we near the holiday seasons, life tends to get a bit more hectic. We want to do it all. We want to be the perfect employee, mother, husband, daughter, girlfriend, friend, and even dog mom. But on top of our normal obligations, the mere addition of another to-do -- let alone the mammoth task of holiday shopping -- is enough to make most folks sweat.
Here is a roundup of 5 simple things that will save you a few minutes here and there -- enough to tide you over until the New Yearís, hopefully.
If the clutter in your bathroom is making it hard to locate things, this holster will help take things off your counter and keep hot styling tools safe and organized. Donít spend the morning looking for things.
Sunglass and reader holders keep your items scratch-free, but theyíre an extra thing to carry around and take up space in your bag. The Flipcase is a sturdy case that folds up flat when not in use. Slip it in a side pocket in your bag and itíll be a tad faster to find your keys.
3. HICKIES: Elastic Lacing System; $19.99
Discard your dirty laces and the hassle that comes with tying shoelaces for HICKIES. Theyíll turn your shoes into slip-on ones and you can choose the colors to match your outfit. An added bonus is that you wonít have to spend more time throughout the day retying your shoes.
4. Siconi: Sticky Pad (3 Pack); $25
This may be for the truly lazy -- or the truly resourceful. Instead of searching your kitchen or fridge surface for a magnet to hold your note, just stick it to this adhesive high-grade silicone pad. It sticks to most non-porous surfaces and does not leave a sticky residue. Keep your to-do lists front and center with this sticky pad.
5. Toydozer: Toy Clean Up Tool; $14.95
For those with a little one who loves Legos or other little toys (or even if youíre just a Legos enthusiast), donít waste your time trying to collect the million pieces. The Toydozer is like a dustpan designed to scoop up Legos, blocks, or game pieces for storing away.
What are some of your tried and true time savers? Share in the comments.
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Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.