When you need your pet’s hairbrush, do you end up searching through the whole house for it? When you find it, is it under the bed or worse in the refrigerator vegetable drawer? If so, you need help and if not, you probably still could do better.
Organizing pet supplies doesn't have to be a complicated endeavor and it won't be if you break the task of organizing your pet supplies down into manageable sections.
There are two basic ways to organize your pet supplies. The first is to gather everything together, sort it and then place it in designated spots that work in your home. The other is to go where your pet supplies are stored and then clean up and organize where your pet supplies are. They both work! And you should probably use both ways depending on how your things are stored currently. I prefer to collect things all into one place so that I can get a full picture of what I have.
Once you have collected all of your pet things into one place, organize your pet supplies into separate categories that relate to the item’s specific function; for example, a grooming supply section or a pet medicine section. Once you have groups of like items grouped together, then you can find a convenient and easy way to store your items.
The most important thing to remember when you are sorting things is that is is hard to organize tons of clutter and you should not do it. If you have dozens on old torn toys laying around or leashes that have seen better days, just keep one or two in reserve and toss the rest out.
Once you have gone through your items and discarded things that are too old or not being used, you can see how much of certain items you have. Then, you can find containers that are suitable for the space, and try to make what you have fit in those containers. If things don't fit, then really think seriously if you need to keep what's left cluttering up your home.
To help you sort through your items and figure out where to put everything, here are some simple ideas that will help you get organized. After these tips, take a look at the inspirational ideas for organizing pet supplies and gear.
Tips For Organizing Pet Items
1. Create A Take A Walk Station By The Door
Storing dog leashes can be a pain in places too impolite to mention. They tend to dominate most drawers because they have to be folded. Strategically, near the door is the best location for leashes, harnesses and other related items such as poopy bag holders and maybe even a doggy sweater or two. A tote bag on a hook on the front door or a nearby closet door works well and doesn't require much space.
2. Put All Pets Toys In One Place
If you have had for a pet for any length of time, you know that the number of toys for your cat or dog tends to add up over time. A good thing to do is to collect all the toys and put them in one large and convenient storage container. One really cute option for dog toys is this adorable bone shaped storage bin or a large bone shaped basket. You can take toys to other rooms, but having one central location to take things from and put things back makes it easier for you to know what you have and able to quickly see and discard broken toys.
3. Dedicate A Shelf, Cabinet Or Drawer For Pets Need
Pets like other family members acquire “stuff”, which can quickly overtake your home with clutter if you don't keep it under control. Shelves, like the ones depicted above, help so much because all you have to do to do is put things back where you took them from. So look around your house and see if you can reserve a shelf or cabinet for your pet things. And make sure that unless it is pretty to look at, it is stored away in a basket or container to keep it from cluttering up the look of your shelves.
4. Get Containers For Pet Clutter In Each Room
5. Keep Pet Grooming Supplies In A Portable Caddy
Portable caddies are really ideal for organizing all your pet’s grooming supplies. You can get very creative and try different types of containers for your pet supplies. I love portable shower caddies for grooming supplies so I can use the items and then put it away out of sight easily. Brushes and such may fit perfectly into a larger utensil or storage caddy like this one and there are many kinds to choose from. A cute idea is to use a bone shaped basket that is easy to lug around if you can't hide it away. Diaper caddies are also worth considering. Just make sure to look for a wider rather than deeper container when buying a pet caddy.
6. Create A Pet Treat Central Zone
An old cookie jar or even a fancy new one would be perfect for organizing your pet’s treats. Add some decorative labels and voila; Instant treat station. With treats being so accessible, reward times for good behavior are likely to be more frequent. The labels add a nice touch and they also insure that no one will mistake the contents of the jar for some treat meant for human consumption. Or you can just get a clearly cute pet treat jar like this one or something really fun like this one.
7. Create A Better Way To Store Pet Food
8. Create A Feeding Section Away From Traffic
Food and water bowls seem to always be in the way of traffic gong in and out of the kitchen area. They are not only clutter. They are also obstacles easy to knock and trip over. Find an area with less traffic if you can. In some cases, a laundry room might work; in others a quiet corner in the basement or a back room you may not use every day. Give it some thought and you will find a place that will work. Consider too an organized feed station or even an more organized dog feeder to minimize clutter underfoot.
9. Prepare A Home Away Bag Or Container
Whether embarking on a long trip with your pet or just a short ride to the groomer, traveling supplies should be kept separate from other daily used items. Your pet will need certain essentials. The ideal travel kit will need to include a food bag, water bottle, collapsible food and water bowl; poopy bag dispenser and mesh pockets for chewy toys and damp towels. You can get this ready-made travel kit here. (You should also check out this great article on Road Trip Tips For Traveling With Pets.)
10. Keep Pet Records Organized In One Folder
Keeping your pet's vital documents in an easily accessible place can sometimes be a matter of life or death. The Buttoned Up Pet Agenda allows you to create a file for each pet containing all pertinent information, such as food, medications, sitters and favorite toys. If you need to leave your pet with others, everything they need to know is in this one notebook that has provisions for up to two pets. Of course, you can also make your own pet folder or organizer - just put all the info you need for your pet in one portable folder, binder or notebook.
Organizing pet supplies as well as anything else in a home requires cooperation of everyone who lives there. But if you take the time to collect and purge out what you really don't need and then set up clear and well defined areas in your home for your pet supplies, it will be easier for everyone in your home to put things back where they belong.
So remember to
1) throw things you don't need out.
2) create clearly defined areas for specific pet items like toys, grooming supplies and food in convenient locations
3) try to put categories of all similar things together in one designated place
4) find a way to store things in a pretty way - either hide the items behind cabinets or concealed in pretty storage containers or baskets
5) once you have organized something, put things back in place everyday to keep things under control
Organizing the stuff for your pets will definitely make your life better. So make the extra effort and organize your pet supplies today!
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Originally published May 2014 and updated April 2016..