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.