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Think of the image of a 1950’s housewife answering the door to her husband as he arrives home from a long day in the office. Hair and makeup – check. Floors so clean you could eat off them – check. Delicious aroma wafting from the oven cooking the evening meal – check.

Now compare that to your reality, a modern day woman juggling family, work and all that comes with life in the 21st Century. Hair a shambles and makeup half dripping off your face – check. Toddler eating scraps from lunch off the floor – check. Strange aromas wafting from an unknown corner of the house – check.

Perhaps the ideal of the 1950’s housewife is enticing. But could you really give up the luxuries and conveniences of life today to return to a simpler time? I mean, how did they fill their days when there was no Instagram? Or Netflix? I can’t even.

Without having to go back 60 years in time, you can still reclaim your mum life with some simple time saving hacks for your evening routine.

Ready-made meals

Does your family expect to have dinner on the table every single night like mine? To avoid another night of Rice Bubbles as a dinner option, ready-made meals are the answer. Coles has launched a new range of Coles Brand convenience meals, which take the stress and time out of cooking dinner. Ready to serve in a few minutes they use quality ingredients with no artificial colours or flavours.

Time saving ready meals

I had the pleasure of sampling some of the meals this week and they were tasty and filling. Beautiful light pastas with rich fillings; hearty soups packed with flavour and stone baked pizza with generous toppings. The range includes salads, soups, curries, quiches, pizza and pasta dishes with prices starting from $5 making them an affordable option for the family dinner table. The range is available now at Coles supermarkets nationwide or online at

Give yourself 15 minutes

The kids have gone to bed and all you want to do is collapse onto the couch with a glass of wine. But before you do that, set a timer for 15 minutes and do as much cleaning/organising/preparation as you can. It is really amazing what you can get done in 15 minutes and the time it will save you in the morning when you are trying to get everyone fed and out the door.

Wash clothes in the evening

washing piled up

Mt. Washmore taking over the laundry? Pop the washing on in the evening so you can hang it out first thing in the morning. This gives you extra drying time, which is especially important in the colder months, and saves you waiting around for the machine to finish in the morning. Just don’t forget about it for three days and open you washing machine to that horrible musty clothes smell.

Prepare for tomorrow

If you like to sleep in, then this one is especially important. Lay out your clothes for tomorrow as well as the clothes for the kids. Pack lunches if needed (or just pop a Coles convenience meal in your lunchbox) and make sure your handbag is ready to go. You will get a few extra minutes of sleep and your morning will be much smoother.

Get off the phone

Tips for disconnecting from your phone

How many times have you said, “I’m super tired, I’m heading to bed” only to scroll through Facebook for the next hour. Don’t take the phone into your bedroom or keep it out of reach if you like having it in the room or simply set time limits for use. You will sleep much better and the whole day will run much smoother. After all, what are you really missing out on? The memes and hilarious videos can wait. Sleep can’t.

 What are your time saving hacks? Have you tried the new Coles range? Which is your favourite meal in the range?


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