The furriest member of your household has a surprising amount of stuff. All of those treats, toys, brushes and other dog accessories can take over your house if you don’t store them the right way. Luckily for you and your pup, storing canine accoutrements is easy! Here are five ways to do it:
Dedicate each drawer to a certain activity. Here are some common ones:
A grooming drawer with brushes, nail grinders, wipes and towels
A treat drawer with a nice mix of training treats and bigger treats
A walking drawer with your dog’s leash, harness and waste bags
A toy drawer with balls, chewables and stuffed animals
Determine the amount of dog activities you have items for before choosing a storage solution in order to make sure you have the right amount of drawers.
Making the most of wall space is very trendy right now. Who doesn’t love the idea of freeing up some room in the closet by taking advantage of that underutilized vertical space?
Apply this philosophy to storing your dog’s stuff. You can use hooks to hang your dog’s leash, harness and other essential walking supplies. Be sure to place these hooks by your door so that items are easy to grab on your way out. For treats, install floating shelves and use them to store dog treats in jars. The jars keep treats accessible without taking away from your home’s decor. Just be sure to install the shelves out of your dog’s reach.
Let’s take a moment to appreciate the genius of storage containers. These baskets, bins and totes come in a variety of sizes and styles and make it easy to get rid of clutter with minimal effort. Here are a few places to use them for storing your dog’s stuff:
A storage container in the corner of your living room (allows you to stash your dog’s toys but keeps them accessible to him for when he’s ready to play again)
A storage container in your pantry full of treats and food
A storage container in your bathroom with pet grooming supplies
A storage container by the door with your dog’s walking and travel gear
While you can’t store your dog’s toys and treats on your computer (yet…), you can store his paperwork there. You dog’s adoption forms, medical records as well as other documents like your apartment’s pet policy and your dog’s obedience school certificate are important. Future landlords, veterinarians and doggie day care centers may ask for them.
Storing these documents digitally is a great way to reduce clutter and have them readily available when needed. You can scan them the old fashioned way, or download this app that does it for you.
A storage facility is a great place to keep those items that your dog doesn’t use often or the things he’s outgrown. A storage unit offers great security and a level of climate control that your garage simply can’t match. Keeping some of your dog’s stuff in a storage unit can help during a move and can also free up space in your home.
Here are some tips for storing your fur baby’s belongings at a storage facility:
Always clean items before putting them in a storage unit. Remove hair, dirt and debris.
Store your dog’s stuff in breathable containers to avoid moisture damage
Never store perishable items like dog food and treats in a storage unit (canned food may be fine, but be sure to ask the storage facility first)
Having a dog doesn’t have to mean tripping over your dog’s tennis balls and rope toys every day. Whether you choose one of these storage solutions or all of them, you’re sure to enjoy more space at home.