It’s almost impossible to ignore the latest trend for 2019: organization! Thanks to the “Marie Kondo effect“, people are clearing their homes of clutter and all unnecessary objects. Although, that’s easier said than done when it comes to parting with toys, treats, and other items that belong to our pets. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to ensure that everything your pet needs stays organized in your home.
A simple storage bin can work for keeping toys out of the way. If your pet has a tendency to “help” you take all those out of the bin and spew them around the room, we would suggest something with a lid, or storing it in a place they cannot reach. Find a nice bin that fits the aesthetic of the room; this way the toys are conveniently located for both you and your pet. And as much as your dog or cat may love the torn-up toy, part ways with ones that are no longer useful.
Store your leashes and harnesses near the door that you’ll use to leave for your walk. A few hooks and a shelf will ensure that everything you need is ready when you are! Don’t forget to keep waste bags and treats with the leashes, too (something tells us they might come in handy). You can even add a bag onto your leash that conveniently stores both bags and treats! If you have to hop in the car to reach a trail (or dog park) for some exercise, consider keeping all these items in a “grab and go” tote bag for extra convenience!
FOOD AND SNACKS
Feeding time can be a hassle, so keep it simple by storing everything in one place; we would suggest a pantry or cupboard with a door. If you feed freeze-dried food and treats, it’s easy to keep things fresh right in it’s own resealable bag. Grab a storage container and place all your bags neatly inside; just make sure your pet can’t reach your stash! To take the guesswork out of it, keep a measuring cup with your food to ensure you’re feeding the correct amount each time. If your pet prefers frozen entrees, prepare in advanced by removing individual serving sizes from the freezer and storing the food in containers, letting it thaw in the fridge for the next meal.
You likely won’t have to access these items every day, so keep them all in one single container and store it in a bathroom cabinet or closet. Make sure you have shampoo, a brush, nail clippers, toothbrush, ear cleaner, and anything else you might need to make sure your pet is fresh and clean! It’s also helpful to have a “dog designated” towel, that way you won’t mix it up with any others.
If you frequently travel with your pet overnight, it’s a good idea to have a second set of a few items ready to grab! Things like food, treats, a blanket, harness/leash, toys, and food/water bowls will come in handy when you’re away from the comforts of your home. Store them in a tote bag and you’ll be ready for any adventure!
Keeping important paperwork and records for your pet is crucial! Designate a folder for each pet and keep any documents you might need to access (vet bills, adoption records, vaccination records, microchip records, etc.) in the same spot. Store this with any other important paperwork, to ensure it’s always there when you need it, and easy to find!
Now that you’ve decluttered and organized, don’t forget to donate any extra reusable items that are in good condition to a local animal shelter for another fur-iend to use! Follow us on Pinterest for more organization tips and other fun finds!