I Don’t Know How She Does It – Sacha Dunn
Sacha Dunn is one of my favorite type of moms – one who had a great idea and went with it, not afraid to add another full-time job to her already busy gig as mama to Max (now nine) and Sadie (almost six). In 2010, she and her husband launched Common Good, a chic and effective line of household cleaning products that you can refill at home or in select retailer refill stations to avoid the plastic waste that comes with most similar brands. They saw how much of their regular recycling haul was being consumed by cleaning products and decided to tidy up the situation in style. As former stylists and busy parents, they knew that there was room on the market – and in our homes – for a collection that was not only safe to use around kids and pets, but that would look simple and smart by the sink. Today you can find Common Good not only in the Dunn’s Brooklyn neighborhood, but in stores across the country, including an exclusive range for West Elm (which is where I first spotted it and fell in love). Now that’s what I call a multi-tasking mama. Here is how she does it:
What time does your day start and how?
My day starts at 6 or 6.30am. I get up and shower before the kids get up. Then I make breakfast and lunch and get the kids dressed all in about 20 minutes! We’re out the door by 7.45am. I’ve started making lunches the night before so the mornings aren’t so rushed.
What time does your day end and how?
I’m usually home with the kids in the evenings and make them dinner, do homework, etc. Then I read them each a story and put them to bed. Sometimes I’ll go back to the computer and do a bit of work or I’ll more likely do some organizing for family stuff. There’s always stuff to do. Edmund mostly makes our dinner and we’ll talk for a bit or watch something on TV. I’m in bed by 11pm at the latest.
Do you work from home or in an office? What is the set up like?
I recently moved our office back home so I could be with the kids more. We moved all our warehousing and logistics offsite so now we can work digitally. It’s great! If one of the kids is sick they can be home and I can still work if I need to. We have a loft apartment with a big table that we all sit around. There’s lots of natural light and plants, homemade food and a puppy (editor’s note: sounds kind of perfect!).
Do you see/speak to your kids throughout your work day? If yes, how/when?
I’m here when they get home. I might have to work a bit longer but usually I stop when they get home. Then I’m with them all evening.
What is the best thing about being a working mom? Hardest thing?
The best thing is that I can do both things and seem to have found a way to balance them. The hardest thing is when it gets busy at work and I can’t give the kids all the time they want. I used to be able to go on all the field trips and pick them up in the afternoons but if work gets hectic, I have to cut back the school activities.
Be honest, what is one thing you envy about stay at home moms?
Answer the question “I don’t know how you do it?” in ten words or less.
I don’t have a choice!
And here are this Brooklyn mama’s favorite must-haves of the moment (I am playing around with these collages a little, hope you like…):