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How much time do you take for yourself to get ready (dressed, hair, makeup and jewelry) in the morning?

When you consider this question for yourself, you may think "in comparison to" who or when? For example, remember how long it took your mom to do her hair and make-up before she took you to school all those years ago (and wasn't a re-application of lipstick a must before entering the grocery store?). Another comparison point might depend on whether or not you were in an urban, suburban or rural setting. City-living women tend to prioritize outward appearance a bit more, as they've got a lot of inspiration for looking their absolute best on those bustling sidewalks.

I'm in the low maintenance morning prep category myself. Since I work from home, the main thing to accomplish is getting dressed and having breakfast in a timely manner so my dog and I can get a good morning, pre-work walk in. By getting an easier "wash & wear" haircut, taking showers at night, and so on, I think I've got it down.

How are things different for today's women? As you've gotten older, become a mom or just gained comfort in your natural "look," how has your morning routine changed?

1-19 mins|I'm low maintenance. I have to be. (27.8%)

20-30 mins|I like feeling like I'm starting the day on the right track. (41.5%)

31 to 60 mins|I give extra time to my hair and makeup, because "I'm worth it." (28.2%)

More than 60 mins|I may be going off the deep end, but I really enjoy my morning ritual. (2.5%)

How much time do you ta…
  • ghostlady197804 By ghostlady197804
    on Jun 20, 2007  

    It takes me at least 45 minutes to get ready in the morning. That includes, shower, hair and getting dressed. If I have have to dress up w. make up etc I need at least 1 hour. I am very surprised how little time some woman need to get ready.

  • drph417 By drph417
    on Jun 20, 2007  

    I can't believe that it takes some an hour to get ready. There is so much more that can be done.

  • nanaenay By nanaenay
    on Jun 20, 2007  

    i can get ready in 30 mins if i don't wash my hair. otherwise -- with my dilly dallying included -- it usually takes a full hour. i have to let my hair air dry for as long as possible before blow drying. while it's drying, i do makeup and choose something to wear. taking time to look good makes me feel good.

  • Greenlush By Greenlush
    on Jun 21, 2007  

    I don't spend alot of time on myself cause there are better things I could do with my time then putting on make up and doing my hair I would much rather be having fun with my kids than doing my hair and make up Getting all Dolled up is much over rated I'm the all natural girl

    on Jun 21, 2007  

    It takes me an hour ,to get ready to go any place. I won't go without makeup....just love my makeup.

  • angelheart218 By angelheart218
    on Jun 21, 2007  

    It all depends on where I am going as to the amount of time I spend getting ready. I don't have to be made up all the time, but I am presentable. But if I'm going out on the town it does take a little bit longer.

  • rugzyschick By rugzyschick
    on Jun 22, 2007  

    It usually takes me 1/2 hr to 45 mins to get ready to go out, if it's a "night out on the town" or family event. If I'm just going grocery shopping, etc then it's out the door in a couple minutes. Though I must say, my hunny and me are proud parents of a 9 1/2 month old and EVERYTHING seems to take an eternity to do now LOL.