Hi, my name is Amanda, and I am officially obsessed with my dog. (You can really see the obsession on my Instagram.) But, in my defense, look at this cuteness and tell me if you wouldn’t be too!
As much as this ball of sassy sweetness warms my heart, the mess and clutter that come from having a pet does not. Here are 6 simple steps to help you get your pet’s mess in order and make you a happy owner!
(1) FIND A SPECIFIC HOME FOR ALL THEIR STUFF
Select a location to house all of your pet’s items – food, toys, treats, clothes (hey – don’t judge – she is a fashionista!). It doesn’t matter WHERE it is, so long as it is all in one location. Currently for us, it is in the cabinet under the kitchen counter.
(2) GATHER UP THEIR THINGS
Go around your house, condo, or apartment and get all of your pet’s items. Once you’ve rounded them all up, take them to the central location.
(3) SIT & SORT
Now comes the sorting fun!
- Old food & treats
- Food & treats you know your pet won’t eat (or better yet, donate these to a shelter!)
- Old or worn out toys
- Fraying or broken leashes
- Food into one pile
- Treats in another
(4) BE ACCESSIBLE
After you have sorted the items, if you are housing them all in a location that is viewable by everyone, then put them in colorful or decorative containers. This will hide them but also make sure that they are easily accessible when you need them. If your location for the pet items is hidden (like ours), keep it organized for easy access, but you don’t have to make it decorative.
(5) WASH IT ALL
Now that the mess has been sorted and put in its place, here comes the next to last step – wash EVERYTHING!
- Take your pet’s bed and wash all the sheets and (if you can) wash the bed too
- Wash and sanitize the food and water bowls
- Clean out the cage (if you have something like a bird) and wash it as well
(6) GET YOUR FILES ON LOCK
Last, but not least, compile all of your pet’s
- Vet records
- Microchip Information
- Any medicine, allergy information etc.
Place all of this into one folder that you keep near your other important documents. This is helpful because it will give you easy access to any kind of information regarding your baby anytime you need it. Additionally, it is good for when you are having someone pet sit or if something were to happen to you.
Now see? That wasn’t so painful was it?
Let me know if these tips helped you in the comments and feel free to come say hi over at The Color Coded Life!