We all want to look nice and have amazing clothes filling our wardrobes, but sometimes you just can’t find the time to get all the right pieces for your wardrobe. Shopping can be quite time-consuming and when you’re a busy woman with places to be and things to do, you can’t allot half of your day to window shopping. So here are some tips on how to drastically cut down on shopping time and still end up with fantastic pieces.
Let the list expand
If you run to the shop every time you think you need a new white T-shirt, you’ll be going in and out of the shops quite a bit, and it will eat away at your time. Instead, you should compile a list of five things that you need and then get them all in one go, even if it’s in different stores. If you know you’ll be needing things from different stores, think in advance and find a spot where they are all close together, like a mall or downtown street. This way, you don’t have to go in and out of the car and drive in between two destinations.
Stick to your list
If you just let your list sit at the bottom of your bag and let yourself browse the aisles, you might have a more relaxing experience, but you will spend a much longer time in there than necessary. Go through your list one by one, get only the things that are on the list (which helps with both speed and saving money) and go to the register.
Ask for help
If you can’t find something you need, don’t spend half an hour looking for it through the store – ask one of the clerks and save yourself a lot of time.
One of the fastest ways to shop is to not leave your home at all. You can shop from the comfort of your own bed and get all the things you need in five minutes, delivered to your door the next day. However, even with online shopping, there are some things you need to keep track of. Firstly, the above rules apply – don’t browse, just go for the things you need, and don’t buy one by one, but rather get more things at once. You can find a huge selection of women’s clothing online, and you’re more likely to find things online than in-store, but to avoid the situation of buying something that doesn’t fit and then returning it and waiting for a replacement to arrive, stick to buying in stores in which you’re familiar with the fit and sizing.
When you need speedy shopping, you don’t want to turn it into a social occasion, it needs to stay a chore. That means no friends and companions to browse around with you, compare items and tell you to try one more piece. There are many occasions when shopping with friends is not only acceptable, but also better, but not when you’re trying to save time.
Choose the right time
Going to a store at 6 pm on a Friday is just about the worst thing you can do. Google – as well as common sense – can help you figure out when stores are least busy, and that’s your moment to strike. You don’t want to finish your shopping in five minutes just to be stuck waiting at the register for another 15. You can use your lunch break, pop in before work or just find odd little times when stores are much less likely to be busy to buy the things you need.
Shopping is for many people a hobby and something they love to do, either with friends or alone, and you can definitely make shopping a part of self-care and socializing. But when you are pinched for time or you just noticed you’re spending way too much time in the shops – it’s time to apply these tips.