5 Ways to Save Time, Money, and Space This Year

December 26, 2016 5

5 Ways to Save Time, Money, and Space This Year

This is your year to save–on everything.  It’s your time–your money–your space–so, take it back! Use these guidelines and tools to jump start your efficient New Year. 

Save money on coffee shop drinks

You’ll need: A good coffee maker and grinder

Start by grinding your own beans to unlock fresh flavor, suggests Paul Toscano, CMO of Joyride, a distributor of upscale coffee. He favors the pour over models—they pair well with a variety of coffee blends and are easy to use and brew to taste. Design aficionados should spring for a chic-looking Chemex, which is featured at Museum of Modern Art. 

Save space in your kitchen

You’ll need: A cast iron skillet

Entertaining and design expert, Julie Blanner, enjoys the versatility of cooking and baking with cast iron. It helps eliminate the overflow of pots and pans because “cast iron distributes heat well on the stove and in the oven, and the fat used in cooking penetrates the enamel to create a non-stick coating,” she says. Also, the food absorbs iron from the cookware, so you get a mineral boost.

Save time ironing clothes

You’ll need: A garment steamer

“A steamer is so easy to use and eliminates wrinkles in seconds,” says professional organizer Barbara Reich, author of the book Secrets of an Organized Mom. It also stores neatly and comes in mini models ideal for travel. 

Save space in your drawers 

You’ll need: Drawer dividers and folding skills

First, consider tossing out a few things (do you really need 30 white t-shirts?). Next, practice folding. “One of the mistakes people make is trying to fold in the air,” says Reich. “It’s best to lay the item on a flat surface, and smooth out the wrinkles first.” Watch five ways to fold like a pro. Pay special attention to the pocket-size folding technique, which will work well with your drawer dividers.

Save money on salon blowouts

You’ll need: A serious hair dryer

A powerful tool, like Dyson’s Supersonic hair dryer, sports the technology to deliver professional-looking sleek, shiny tresses at home–without frying your hair. At around $400, it’s a bit pricey but still not as steep as regular visits to a hairstylist.

Comments (5)

  1. You might want to suggest elliptical coffee grinders, as they crush beans rather than chop beans, resulting in a smoother coffee.

    - John Rothschild
  2. I always have and never had any issues with the skillet nor the stovetop.

    - JC – BG
  3. Hi, Greg. You can use cast iron on a glass top stove. Iron is softer than glass, so this contrast is a big reason why you can do this. Also, the Lodge company (a large manufacturer of cast iron products) uses cast iron on glass top stoves in their test kitchens on a regular basis (this information is per their Facebook page). As a regular user of cast iron, I would caution you to simply be careful in how you maneuver the cast iron across the glass top to prevent scratching.

    - Laura James
  4. I really enjoyed using my cast iron skillet, however we recently bought a glass top stove and was told to NEVER use an iron skillet on the stove. True or false? Please advise. Thank you.

    - Greg Lewis
  5. Great ideas

    - Margarita montminy

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