2 November 2016

Family Functionality with Garden Trading

I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this but mornings in our house are pretty chaotic now that Miss Boo has started school. Oli works shifts and often leaves by 7am meaning it's up to me to get 3 little ladies out the door and to the school gates and to play school on time. This is no easy feat and by the time I get home at 9:15am I could do with a lie down. There is so much to remember to bring and there have already been several occasions where I have got to the school gates to realise that I have forgotten the PE Kit, water bottle or library book.

After almost 5 years at home with no where really to be for a set time we are not used to rushed mornings and the little ladies love kicking back having breakfasts that seem to go on for hours and taking things slowly. None of us like rushing do we and I think they way you start your day is key to how the rest of it goes.  This first half term has taught me that the key to calmer mornings is organisation. It makes a huge difference when I get everyone's clothes, bags, coats and shoes for the day ready the night before then it's all ready to go and the little ladies can enjoy their 3 course breakfasts as usual. All this stuff is usually piled up on the hallway floor or over the back of the sofa. I wanted to find a way to put it all in one place ready to grab and go, to find a family friendly functional piece of furniture to do just that. Let me introduce you to the Chedworth Wall Unit from Garden Trading:

I love the simple styling of this shelving unit. It has 6 handy pigeon hole compartments which are ideal for the little ladies shoes, hats and gloves, post, car keys and house keys along with 5 hooks to hang their bags and coats on. It's a game changing piece of furniture for us and will be critical to keeping us extra organised this month as I also return to work in a few weeks. I'm going to have to be even more organised in getting everyone ready and to where they need to be before venturing into the office. I'm nervous about balancing it all and really want to keep this change as stress free for everyone as I can, particularly because Oli will be on solo parent duty on Wednesdays and Thursdays and responsible for getting everyone out the door. It will be so nice to leave the house knowing it's all in order.

This piece of furniture is not just a piece of furniture, it's family functionality at its finest and best of all there is no compromise on style, it's a wonderful addition to our hallway. It's slim enough so that it doesn't stick out too far into the hallway for us to bump into, it's beautifully made and painted in a gorgeous charcoal grey making it a feature on the wall.

I love the spaces for name cards/labels to compartmentalise and organise everything, there will be no doubt as to whose things are whose which is sometimes an issue with 3 children so close in age. I simply printed out the headers we needed using a type writer font which I think complements the unit perfectly. The little ladies have a compartment each for their shoes and then the top 3 are dedicated to post, hats and gloves and keys.

Everything is there ready and waiting bringing organisation to the chaos of leaving the house. It also keeps the hallway clutter free which is important to me as it's the first thing I see when I come in the door, or indeed when visitors come. It's really high quality, sturdy but lightweight and has a rustic feel to it which I just love.

It's amazing how one piece of furniture can make such a big difference to your home. Garden Trading have a beautiful range of co-ordinating furniture pieces and finishing touches to stylishly make a home a home while retaining practicality that is so important with a family. The Chedworth collection also comes in natural wood. Do pop over and take a look at their stunning range HERE

Me x

*This post has been written in collaboration with Garden Trading who kindly sent me the piece of furniture for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.*


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