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Katie Holmes reveals the time-saving hack her mom taught her

By Erin Clements

Katie Holmes is a busy woman these days.

The former "Dawson's Creek" star and mom to 12-year-old Suri is directing and starring in an upcoming adaptation of the historical novel "Rare Objects." She's also serving as spokeswoman for the #DeltaAmexPerks campaign from Delta Air Lines and American Express, which benefits the American Red Cross.

We asked Holmes, 39, to share a time-saving hack that gets her out the door faster in the morning.

"My mom taught me this: A bag in a bag," Holmes told TODAY. "She always has her stuff in a bag in a bag, so when she switches out the purse, just take that bag and put it in the other bag."

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Bellcon Waterproof Shoe Travel Bags (6-pack), $16, Amazon

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Here are Holmes' other summer must-haves for beauty and home!

Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen, $6, Amazon

ChapStick Classic 3-pack, $6, Amazon

"I do a lot of plain ChapStick in the summer and not a lot of makeup," Holmes said.

L'Oréal Paris Makeup Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, $13, Amazon

Jo Malone Orange Blossom Cologne, $65, Amazon

Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000, $250, Amazon

Keurig K55/K-Classic Coffee Maker, $84, Amazon

"I like caramel-flavored coffee," Holmes said.

Godinger Candle Snuffer, $10, Amazon

Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes (20 Count), $15, Amazon

Nest Fragrance Bamboo Candle, $40, Nordstrom

Diptyque Vanille Scented Candle, $35-$65, Nordstrom