We have never spend more time at home than in 2020 and it seems 2021. Home schooling, working from home, zoom classes for the kids and zoom parties for the adults. It’s all happening at home and sometimes this can be quite overwhelming, especially when ones home isn’t huge.
Sarah Greig, who runs her own business called EDIT BY SARAH GREIG, offers a bespoke, personal and accessible service (nowadays through Zoom but otherwise based in London and will come to your home, when it’s allowed!) that aims to help you declutter and organise you & your home.
She can help create a beautiful and easy space to live in, (while working and schooling etc etc), as well as the opportunity to detox and re-style your wardrobe, including a bespoke personal shopping service.
LEMON asked Sarah a few questions to get us all organised and more in control of the situation we have found to be the “new normal”.
LEMON: Homeschool. What are your top tips to keep everything organised for the kids but keeping it aesthetically pleasing for the room all the extra “things” are in?
SARAH: My advice is to make a designated area for homeschool, that way everything can be put back in its home at the end of each day and minimise mess. There are great carts/ trolleys available on Amazon or Ikea that can store all the art stuff and paperwork. If space is not a premium use storage boxes to put everything away at the end of each day, these can go under a sofa or on top of a cupboard. Not necessarily home school related but as an avid ‘neat freak’ I’ve learnt to let the mess happen throughout the day and tidy up before bed – it really takes the stress away and lets you enjoy the day with your kids (minus the home school part!)
LEMON: Toys. Best storage solutions which the kids can open on their own and again, look pretty in a bedroom or a sitting room etc?
SARAH: I love GLTC for childrens toy storage, they have a great range of stylish furniture with easy slot in cubes that I love. The cubes don’t have lids and are great for the kids to be able to pull in and out easily. I’ve looked at ‘pretty’ storage options for lego, playmobil, brio and other sets but always come back to storing them in large see through plastic tubs with lids (to minimise the dust) so your children can see whats in them. I really recommend a lego bag too, these fold out into a playmat for them to spread all their lego out on and then have a drawstring top to tie once finished, Soren’ s House have lovely options in different patterns. Top tip for kids toys is to keep on top of the organisation, have a sort through every few months to make sure everything is in the right home and get rid of anything broken or that isn’t used – my advice don’t involve the kids in this , they will want to keep everything!!!
LEMON: Snacks in the pantry. How can we organise these to keep things nice and tidy throughout the day?
SARAH: I like to keep snacks in different tins, jars or pots, I split mine into healthy sweet snacks, healthy savoury snacks and sweets! Check out the Storage store for lovely glass jars that stack with bamboo lids. Keep them all out of reach of little fingers, much better they ask. During home school you can prep a little picnic box of snacks for the day (including some fruit) – then when they are gone, they are gone and hopefully you won’t get hassled all day for ANOTHER snack!
LEMON: Kids wardrobes. Tell us how you would divide a kids wardrobe up?
SARAH: I divide up kids wardrobes as I would mine but I add in categories for different occasions. You don’t want your children wearing their best clothes to nursery to get mucky all day, keep school uniform all in one section and separate sports into different shelves – this makes it much easier for your children to find what they need. Store clothes in drawers tipped onto their sides so that all items can be seen by them.
LEMON: Any tips for a working mother to de stress her mind after a day of juggling the kids too?
SARAH: First things first check your to do list and make sure its up to date before you try and wind down. Yoga is my new solitude, I’ve been practicing every day for this year and am now completely addicted – I follow the wonderful Adriene. Get engrossed in a good series and then finally you can’t beat a bath with epsom salts followed by 20 mins on my shakti mat with a good book!
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