They add SO MUCH to our lives.
They're our trusted companions, comforters, and counselors, always offering unconditional love. They offer kisses, warm greetings, and cuddles whenever you need them.
We have a beautiful long haired cat, Kiley and an oh-so-loveable Labrador Retriever, Lily sharing our domicile. It's lots of fun and a whole boatload of messiness. Anyone who has a Lab understands their instinct to swim....and ours swims pretty much daily. Some of the spots she chooses for her exploits are a bit on the "swampy" side, so just use your imagination.
Our little furry friends sure do come with lots of accessories and stuff (all worth it, of course), but how do we keep their things from overwhelming our space?
Here are few ideas....maybe you're already doing many of these, if not, maybe you'll adopt a few or tweak them to make them work with your space?
- Designate a cabinet for pet food, snacks, feeding supplies and include any daily supplements /oral meds in the same place. Ideally...if your setup permits, have it near the feeding area for good workflow. Where possible, categorize and containerize for quick retrieval.
- Have a consistent place to hang leashes and collars. Keep pickup bags handy!
- Consider having a little bag or backpack handy with dog bags, water, hand sanitizer, reflective vest, portable dog bowl, and a few treats.
- Buy containers that you love to look at to contain those stuffies!
- Keep a basket of dog towels handy by the entrance so you can minimize incoming messes. Keep a towel in the car as well!
- Got a long -haired cat? You know hairballs!!!. Keep cleaners and paper towels handy.
- Keep a lint brush by the door and one in your car - I always seems to discover the extent of the fur assault on my way out the door!
- Designate some cabinet space or use separate containers to contain grooming items.
- Mark on your calendar (digital or paper) when to give doses of heartworm meds, replace flea and tick collars, etc.
- Periodically go through and purge outdated prescriptions.
- Keep an extra leash and dog pack in your car in case you get the sudden urge to go for a walk - you'll be ready.
- Once you're out for that walk, take a deeeeeep breath and put down your phone, enjoy the scenery and let nature restore you to balance. Ahhh!!!
- For those messy rides, try out a seat cover such as this one from Chewy.com.
Are you a bit overwhelmed with your pet items?
I regularly work with clients to develop customized systems that make sense!
I’d love to work with you to come up with creative pet solutions – or any room that needs attention. Never worked with a professional organizer before? It’s not as scary as it sounds – just call me to discuss any projects you’re considering. We can chat, strategize, and see if we’re a good fit. The call is complimentary – so you have nothing to lose.
What are some of the systems that work for you? Let me know your thoughts.