Do you always feel like there's not enough hours in the day? We've teamed up with our sister magazine, Woman, to bring you these quick and easy time saving tips
Try these clever ways to create time for the things you really want to do… or for doing nothing at all!
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Ban cold callers
Fed up with the nuisance of cold callers? Then sign up to the Telephone Preference service on mpsonline.org.uk/tps and opt out of all unsolicited sales and marketing calls, leaving your line free for all those chats you’ve been meaning to have.
Shop onlineSave yourself precious time, not to mention trolley rage, by ordering your shopping online. Once you’ve set up your list with one supermarket, you can just tweak it every week.
Never leave a room empty handed
Each time you leave a room, take a look around and see what you can take with you and return to it’s rightful place. Whether it’s putting toys back in the children’s rooms or lugging the laundry about, multi-tasking your movements could save you running up and down the stairs all day.
Call aheadIf you’re popping out to buy something specific, call ahead to make sure it’s in stock. There’s nothing worse than spending time stuck in traffic only to find that what you wanted is sold out (especially applies to Ikea). Many stores, including B&Q and Argos, allow you to check online.
Make a present cupboardBe honest, how many times do you find yourself dashing out to the shops for a last-minute birthday card or present? Make sure you never get caught out again by buying cards in bulk and snapping up gifts whenever you happen to see them. Buy some stamps, gift-wrap and Jiffy bags and store them. Not only will you be super-organised but if you’ve bought everything in the sales, you’ll also be better off!
Sort out your washingHave two washing baskets on the go and separate your light and dark clothes as soon as you’ve taken them off. Try the divided laundry hamper, £16.99, from Tesco Direct.
Use hero productsWhy use 2 products when you can use 1? Look out for products that will save you time and money, like antibacterial cleaning products, 2-in-1 shampoos/conditioners and tinted eye creams. Try Dettol Multi-Action All in 1 All Purpose Cleaner, £2.16, Aussie Aussome Volume 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner, £3.67 and Garnier Caffeine Anti-Dark Circles Eye Roll-On, £6.99.
Skip those adsRecord all your favourite shows and watch them later. That way, you can fast-forward through the ads and use the time for catching up on some extra beauty sleep.
Abandon the gymSwap your weekly gym trip for an hour’s housework and you’ll kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Vacuuming burns 119 cals in 30 mins and scrubbing floors uses 129. Add lunges while you vacuum and bum clenches whenever you’re at the sink and you’ve earned yourself a very productive and free workout.
Ditch the paperworkDecide to handle each piece of paper only once, and that will force you to tackle all admin straight away. When you get a bill, pay it, reply to all invitations immediately and note any important information. Then file or get rid of the paperwork.
Chop the cooking time
Use frozen veg rather than fresh ones to save time chopping and peeling. Research shows that frozen is healthier anyway, as all the nutrients are locked in. If you do need to use fresh, chop into small pieces and they’ll cook quicker.
Keep a running shopping listAre you always popping back to the shops for things you’ve forgotten? or do you spend ages rooting around before going out to see what you need? Keep a running shopping list and get the family to add to it in time for your shop.