A Home’s Best Friend: Pet-related Organizing Ideas
For many, no home is complete without a furry companion by our side. Whether it’s a dog, cat, hamster, or even a fish, our animal sidekicks provide us with endless hours of laughter, mischief, and happiness. Just like any other member of the family, pets can have a lot of stuff that can become disorganized and cluttered. Here are a few pet-related organizing tips to please both you and Fido:
- Create a “walk kit.” Stow supplies for walks in a basket by the front door. Keep tennis balls, mess bags, treats, doggie coats (for the chillier months), and more stored here for an easy transition out the door. It’s also a good idea to keep a small towel in the basket for wiping off muddy paws.
- Designate a feeding station. Have a designated spot for food and bowls. Pick somewhere in a lower-traffic area, like the laundry room or a small nook, so pets can eat undisturbed and so bowls don’t clutter up the floor of more highly-used areas like the kitchen. Use rubber mats under food bowls for easy clean up and store food in large see-through bins so you can easily tell when you’re running low.
- Round up toys. Keep a basket of toys in the area where you and your pet spend the most time together. Keep the basket low to the ground so they can easily take out toys on their own.
- File away important papers. Compile all of your pet’s important documents into a folder –licenses, medical history, vaccination records, etc. Store the file with your other important family documents. This kind of information is extremely important to have on hand for emergencies, and is convenient for times when you travel and need documentation for pet-sitters.
Organization isn’t just for the human members of your family! Keeping pet supplies neat and organized will give you peace of mind and every member of the family will appreciate a cleaner, happier home.