Ready to organize all your pets’ supplies? Here’s how to do it in five easy steps. Start by creating a “Pet Central Station” in your home, which will serve as the primary storage for pet supplies. Then, make sure your pet supplies are easily accessible.
Next, divide up supplies by categories using bins and envelopes. Use aesthetically pleasing organizers to keep your most-used supplies, like leashes and treats, at the ready. Lastly, upgrade your toy bins to beautiful baskets and teach your pup to put away their own toys. (Yes, it can be done!)
Not long ago, I decided to tackle the mess that was my pet supply closet, and I came up with these simple, practical solutions to help us cat and dog lovers organize all of our pet supplies and keep our homes clutter-free.
1. Create “Pet Central Station” in your home.
To minimize the clutter, I’ve found it’s best to keep my essential pet supplies in one central location. In our home, it’s the laundry room. But you’ll probably need to experiment to find what works best for you. We have an entire cabinet (base and overheads) devoted just to the supplies we need for our cat, Olivia, and our dog, Tulip.
If you don’t have spare cabinets, get some shelves or hanging baskets and keep them in that one place. These options not only maximize floor space but also help declutter your floor. You can neatly organize your pet’s stuff that might otherwise be scattered around your living space.
Keeping all the essential pet supplies in one spot, will allow you to see, at a glance, when you’re running out of things like litter, dog treats, or pet food.
2. Make your pets’ supplies easy to access.
Fewer things are more frustrating than not being able to get what you need when you need it. Cut down on clutter and stress by strategically placing your pet supplies in convenient locations.
For example, you probably don’t want to drag a 30-pound bag of dog food off the top shelf every day. So store food in food storage bins on a lower shelf will make life so much easier. Make room in your cabinets for other heavy, oversized, or infrequently used items such as travel gear, e-collars, and unopened bags of food and litter.
Don’t overlook organizing your pet’s important documents. Things such as veterinary records, pet insurance policies, and wellness checklists can be organized in folders like these and stored for easy access.
3. Use bins and baskets to separate your pets’ supplies.
I use a large sealed food storage bin like this one to store Tulip’s food. Not only does it fit perfectly into the cabinet, but it also helps the food stay fresh, especially in humid climates that can impact the freshness and the “crunch” factor.
For those special treats your pets love, ditch the original packaging and store them in airtight, clear containers to keep them fresh. Slap on some labels so you always know which treat is which, and jot down those expiration dates (though, let’s be real, they’ll probably be gobbled up long before that date arrives!).
I also found cute, colorful nylon bins that I use to separate different categories of other pet supplies. For example, cat medications, dog medications, and grooming supplies each have their own bins. This makes them easy to find and prevents medication mix-ups. You can also store some first-aid solutions in these bins, like bandages and gauze, cotton pads, antiseptics, sanitizers, and so on. For smaller items like dog tags, you can use drawer organizers to sort them.
4. Keep often-used items where you most need them.
Save yourself time by creating designated spaces for the pet supplies you use on a daily basis. For daily walks, hang hooks like these by your front door.
Create a portable grooming caddy with shampoo, brush, nail clippers, and towels for when you give your cat or dog a bath. You can store it in the room where your pet gets bathed or have it easily accessible for outdoor grooming sessions.
Keeping essential pet items handy is especially important for my husband and me when it comes to cleaning Olivia’s litter box. To make our least favorite pet chore super convenient, I keep extra supplies in a litter box caddy within easy reach. The caddy holds a scoop and liners, and it also has a small bucket-type reservoir in which you can put a plastic grocery bag to collect those delightful “scoopings” before discarding them.
5. Upgrade the toy box and keep clutter at bay.
Have you ever actually counted your pet’s toys? If they’re anything like my fur family, the stuffies, squeakies, and chewies probably run into the double digits. To keep them corralled, purchase a basket like this one. Stash toys in just a few seconds by gathering them up and tossing them in the basket. As a fun bonus, you could even teach your pup to fetch and put away his own toys!
Cats, on the other hand, tend to leave their toys everywhere. And unlike their canine friends, most aren’t interested in putting their toys away. Try placing several small baskets around the home to collect their toys and keep things clutter-free.
With these five simple steps, you can get rid of the pet supply clutter and create an organized, pet-loving home. What’s your favorite way to keep creature clutter from taking over your home? Tell me in the comments below!