If you have pets, you probably know how difficult it can be to keep all their supplies and accessories well organized. If your pet supplies are disorganized, you might not be able to find the items when you need them most. It can be well worth the time and effort to get everything organized and under control. Here are some tips you can use to clean things up quick.
Sort and Purge
It can be easy to accumulate a lot of pet supplies, including those which your pet doesn’t really like or even use. The first step towards getting organized is to sort through all your pet’s supplies and toys, discarding or donating anything that you don’t really need. If you have collars or clothing items that no longer fit or treats that have become stale, then you’ve got no reason to keep them. Discard anything that is stale or spoiled, and donate anything that could still be used. Animal shelters are usually happy to accept canned goods or packages of pet food that your pet simply doesn’t like. You should also donate usable items that are still in good shape such as spare leashes and collars. Of course, sometimes your pet might really like a toy, even if it’s seen better days. However, if it’s dangerously worn, you should still discard it, even if it’s a favorite. Once you’ve collected a pile of toys to discard, make sure you throw them out in the trash promptly. Otherwise, your pet might find them and undo all your hard work. Once you’re down to only the items your pet really uses, then you’re ready to start getting them organized.
Since there are many different kinds of pet supplies and accessories, you’ll probably need a variety of different storage options. A shallow durable basket or bin can make a great “toy box” for your pet’s favorite toys. Choose a container that will make it easy for your pet to pull out a toy when they want to play with it. Air-tight canisters are the best choice for treats and snacks, so that they stay fresh and tasty for your pet. A large plastic bin or canister with a lid can work well for dry pet food. Leashes and collars can be hung on a peg or hook rack, along with pet clothing items. A small chest of wooden or plastic drawers can be handy for storing grooming supplies and other accessories. If the drawer set has wheels or casters, it can easily be wheeled to the grooming area, then back to the closet for storage when you are through.
Organizing Important Papers
Since it’s vital to keep important document such as vet records, pet insurance policies and pedigree papers organized, you’ll want to find a method that works well for you. In many cases, a simple three-ring notebook, binder or folder can work well for this purpose. Try using individual tabs or page protectors to keep everything clearly labeled and categorized.