How To … Leave The House Faster

No matter who you are, what you do or where your from, chances are you all share the same stress when your trying to do a million and one things, get ready and leave the house on time. Not only are you more likely to forget something being stressed, it puts a dampener on your day from the get-go. Since I was 10, I’ve traveled over an hour to school, across a busy city in rush hour, so I’m well used to morning stress. Now 21, I’ve got my routine down to military precision, so I thought I’d share with you some of the things I use to leave the house faster and more relaxed.

So first things first, there are a number of products that can really save you time when you haven’t got a minute spare. The KMS California Free Shape Quick Blow Dry Spray(*) protects your hair from heat styling and speeds up the entire process. I’ve got short hair, but even on my hair it sped up my blow dry by 3 1/2 minutes, and it will probably be far more for longer hair. As an addition bonus, it also made my hair a lot sleeker! Benefit’s Fine One One is great for adding a swipe of colour to your cheeks without tools. It literally takes me less than 10 seconds to apply this blush and as it has a built in highlighter, it really defines my cheeks. Lastly, I swear by my Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter as it gives my lips a lovely natural tint whilst hydrating them. Why apply a balm and a lipstick or gloss, when you combine the steps and save yourself precious time?!

Lastly I’m going to share some of my top organisation tips. They may sound a bit obvious, but sometimes its the simple things that work the best. To save spending hours in front of your wardrobe, have a rough idea of what you want to wear before you go to sleep. More importantly, make sure you can actually wear it. The amount of times I’ve planned to wear an outfit and its been dirty/in the wash/not weather appropriate. While your doing that, spend 5 minutes putting stuff you know you need to take with you either in your bag, or by the door. Mentally go through your day from the start and tick off what things you’ll need in your head. That folder with you assignment/research in? You may think you won’t forget it now, but when your trying to push the dog back inside the house while juggling car keys, and multiple bags, a folder is the last thing on your mind. Anything you need to take, or remember, just keep it on show somewhere you will have to stop for a moment and your more likely to remember it. Lastly I’m going to share the 5 minute rule. If you spend 5 minutes every evening just tidying up the mess you created in the morning getting ready (lets face it, were all like mini hurricanes in the morning trying to get ready at top speed), you’ll be able to find those shoes you wore two weeks ago. It’s ok putting things off like tidying up, but searching through piles of junk can really slow you down when all you want to do is speed up.

So those are some of the things I do to make sure I’m on time for Uni and whatnot. What do you do to help you get ready super speedy?


  • I'm always in a hurry! Yesterday I left the house with only one eye made up (I blame having to change baby Oscar while I was doing my makeup lol). Luckily we were only going to my mum and dads for dinner so it was ok and I'd thrown my makeup bag into my handbag so I finished it off when we got there. Phew

    Louise x

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  • Some great tips here, especially thinking about what to wear the night before – I could spend hours looking blankly into my wardrobe if I didn't at least have an idea of an outfit!

    Jess xo