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5 love hacks for daters who are short of time (i.e. everyone)

For those of us who don't have entire afternoons to spend soaking in the tub and selecting the perfect outfit for a romantic rendezvous (i.e. everyone in the whole world)—the Internet comes to the rescue with creative hacks for the time-strapped dater.


1. HAIR STRAIGHTENERS ARE MULTI-FUNCTIONAL

You've planned your outfit meticulously; even managed to wash the stains out of it. Just one problem: you can't be bothered to spend your precious getting-ready time hunting down the ironing board. Easy: plug in your hair straighteners and within minutes you can smooth out the worst of the creases, without having to have a fight with the airing cupboard. 


2. A SHEET OF WET KITCHEN TOWEL DOESN'T NEED TO PUT A DAMPENER ON YOUR DATE

You've arrived back at your place to discover the wine isn't chilled. Simply wrap a piece of wet kitchen towel around the bottle and it'll chill in twice the time. While you're at it, pop some grapes in the freezer for next time—they don't water down your drink in the way ice cubes do.


3. SAVE ALL YOUR SPAGHETTI FOR ME

It's best avoided on a date, particularly when accompanied with Bolognese sauce. But when your candles are reaching stump status and you'd rather avoid ending up in hospital with thumb burns, use a single stand of uncooked spaghetti to make flames. 


4. CANDLES? WHAT CANDLES?

You're desperately in need of some mood lighting, but can't lay your hands on a stick of wax for love nor money. Simple. Set your phone to keep its light on, and pop it under a bottle of water for an instant dimmer switch effect. 


5. CREATE AN INSTANT SOUND SYSTEM

Still saving up for that super-duper sound system? Until then, give your cosy-night-in soundtrack the best chance by popping your phone or iPlayer in a cup. The music will reverberate off the glass and give you that surround-sound feel.


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Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.