Are pet supplies taking over your house? Take a look at these tips & tricks for ideas to keep your dog supplies organized!
When we first brought home our little Doberman puppy, our focus was on how to take care of her and what supplies we needed, not how to organize all those pet supplies.
But in no time at all, our home was cluttered with pet supplies in a not-so-organized fashion. I spent some time to develop a better system for us keep all her supplies, food and toys organized (and out of sight!). I’m happy to say that we’ve been able to maintain the system for over two years.
Instead of storing all Reagans supplies in one spot, we store them in the location in which they’ll be used (think: dog food near the dog bowls, shampoo near the tub). This is somewhat of a general rule for all supplies for our home, but is especially true for dog supplies.
Medications and treats
Reagan has a lot of allergies so she’s on daily oral medication and does not eat many treats. I keep both her medication and ‘approved’ treats in our kitchen as I typically give her medication snuck inside a bit of peanut butter (which she’s NO allergic to!).
We strategically placed Reagan’s bowls close to the closet where we store her food. This tall and narrow storage container is perfect for the closet. Plus, it has removable wheels! For easy access, we also keep the food scoop and fish oil (which we give her once a day with a meal) in her food container.
Reagan gets her baths in our guest bathroom, so her supplies get their own cabinet.
Her bath supplies are pretty limited: shampoo, conditioner (yes, our dog gets conditioner 🙂 ) and two towels. We designated two old beach towels as ‘dog towels’ to dry her off after her bath.
Since we brush Reagan outside, her brush isn’t stored in the bathroom (keep reading below).
Bones & Toys
Just like babies’ toys, dog toys can end up all over the floor. The easiest solution for us was leaving a basket close to ground level for all Reagans toys. This way she can grab and play with them as she likes and it’s easy for me to pick them up at the end of the day.
I placed a basket under our side table for all the toys. It’s both close to the ground and mostly out of sight: a perfect combination!
Now if I could just teach Reagan to put them away on her own 😀.
Leash & Rain Jacket
Storing the leash and rain jacket (a requirement in Seattle!) in the coat closet off the main entry made the most sense. It’s easy to grab Reagan’s leash and my coat from the same closet before we go outside.
During the rainy months, we also keep our DIY dog mitt hung up.
Last year Joe helped turn two planters in to storage benches for our front porch area. One of these is dedicated to Reagan’s outdoor toys (balls, frisbees, ball thrower, etc.) and poop bags. I really love keeping outdoor toys outside to prevent more dirt from getting in to the house, as her toys can get rather dirty from outside play.
I also store Reagan’s brush in the storage bench, as we always brush her outside!
I hope these tips help keep your home a little bit more organized with your furry bundle of joy!
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