7 Ways to Keep Pet Supplies and Toys Organized


Pet Supplies Storage and Organization

People everywhere take pride in giving their pets the very best – the right food, a nice place to rest, some toys, etc. Yet the very items that owners love giving to their pets soon become clutter as the years accumulate. Pets are a unique part of their owners family, so every situation needs to be treated uniquely. Not every organization type will apply to each of these pets. If a pet is confined to a tank or cage, keeping their supplies organized in one area is much easier than trying to keep supplies and toys organized for a cat or dog. Below is an overall list that will help get you organized with the majority of pets.

7 Ways to Organize Pet Supplies

Create a plan of action to help you stay on track with your organizational goals. To start off, purge unnecessary pet items and then split them by daily activity. Organize the supplies into use categories: food and bowls, toys, grooming needs, medication, leashes, collars and waste disposal items. Create pet storage areas to hold each category near to the area where you will be doing the activity with the pet. This will help you keep your home clutter-free, and below are the organizing and storage tips to help it remain that way:

  1. Set up a place for eating: If a pet has a regular spot in the kitchen to eat it will keep potential messes confined to one area. You could put the food bowls on a colorful mat on the floor or have custom built food dishes made.
  2. Pet Food Storage Tips: Pet food storage is one of the biggest areas of concern when organizing pet supplies. To keep food fresh, put an airtight plastic container near the pet’s feeding area. Also, don’t forget about having a space for pet treats, such as in a pantry or on a kitchen counter. Keep an eye on the expiration dates on pet food and throw out all expired food.
  3. Organize dog and cat toys and supplies: Find a place to put all the toys and other needed pet supplies such as medication. First, sort through pet supplies using the basic organization tactics: keep, donate, throw-away or sell. Toss broken toys, leashes and brushes, donate unused items to a vet hospital or to a friend with a pet, dispose expired medications. Choose a storage solution that fits into your lifestyle to keep everything you need for your pet. Hang leashes and have waste supplies by a back door for easy access when you need to take your dog out for a walk. Store dog and cat toys in a bin or basket where you play with the pet. Keep a basket for indoor play and one for outdoor play.
  4. Pet Grooming Supplies: Keep grooming supplies, such as brushes and shampoos, in a bucket where you wash the pet. Animal medicines, flea treatments and bathing supplies should be kept out of reach from pets and children. Standard pet shampoos can be toxic to children.
  5. Sleeping Spots: Create a special sleeping spot for your pets, such as a plush pet bed or custom build solutions. Pet beds can easily be tucked away out of a busy traffic areas in the home. Cats love to sit in window seats. For these situations, use a removable washable cushion cover to keep the window seats clean and pet hair free.
  6. Pet Records and Document Storage: Keep pet records together in one spot. Medical records, adoption and vet files and everything else that pertains to the pet should be compiled and organized by putting them in a binder or file folder.
  7. Litter box placement: Put a litter box in a low traffic area, so the cat can have privacy. A good suggestion is a laundry room or guest bathroom. Keep a broom, plastic bags, extra litter and a scoop near the litter box area for easier clean-up.

Self-Storage for Pet Supplies

If you own larger pet items like crates, pet transports, pet beds and other supplies you will need significant storage space. This is where a quality self-storage unit can make all the difference, especially if you live in tight living quarters. Canal Road Self Storage offers clean, high-quality storage units with top-of-the-line customer service. Check out our household and climate controlled storage solutions today!

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