When you have kids in the house—be that of the human or furry variety—things are probably going to get messy. Children and fur kids alike will leave toys on the floor, or investigate every last nook and cranny, or drag socks around in their wet mouths—well, perhaps human kids won’t if they’re over the age of three. With little humans or critters running amuck in the house, it can be hard to remember what goes where. Luckily, we adults can bring organisational strategies into any situation to prevent messes and disorder. Calling all paw-rents: here are some tips for organising your Dog Supplies. Hopefully, they will help you keep track of Fido’s favourites and negate all need to replace lost items!
Hook me up
Most people have hooks for their door keys, so why not do the same for your dog’s walking accessories? Hooks for the wall, whether nailed in or adhesive, are a great way to organise your dog’s leash, harness, collar, or treat bag. Once you’ve double-checked the hooks’ load-bearing capacities and deemed the accessories weight-compatible, hang your stuff accordingly! Pro-tip: affix your hooks by your front door so they’re always within reach before heading out for the daily walk. Perhaps you could keep them by your house key hooks.
How cute! Image: Stylish Hound
If you’re wanting something quick and dirty, Command Hooks are a great non-permanent solution. Alternatively, there are some more aesthetic adhesive alternatives out there. Search the market and see what suits your situation and home aesthetic.
Furkid toy box
Human kids have toy boxes, so why can’t fur kids? (Well, a valid argument against this may be the fact that they haven’t the opposable thumbs to remove their favourite items so easily, but we digress.) A sturdy toy box or chest is a great way to store your dog’s toys. Make sure it’s heavy enough that your dog won’t tip it over and spacious enough to fit all your doggy’s favourites. Not digging the toy box idea? Alternatives include storage containers, collapsible storage baskets, and even wicker baskets.
Grooming supplies storage
If your dog is short-haired, obviously you’re not going to need oodles of storage space. In fact, something like a small basket or toiletry bag may suffice here. Some dogs only need the bare basics, like doggy shampoo, doggy brushes, doggy toothpaste and toothbrushes, and Dremel nail files. If your dog is a floof, you might need something more elaborate, like a hanging wall organiser consisting of many pockets*. (*Women’s fashion designers should really take note of this.)
Don’t have drawer space for an extra toiletry bag or capacity for a hanging wall organiser? Choose a decorative basket or caddy to match your home’s aesthetic. Find something that will do the job and look great at the same time.
File it all away
Like anything in life, dogs come with admin. Paperwork such as vet and vaccination records, vet bills, adoption records, and microchip records may be bland, but they can be critical to have on hand. Don’t just place them down and tell yourself you’ll remember where you put them. This is on par with the biggest lie we all tell ourselves: that we ‘don’t need to write that down’ because we’ll ‘remember it later’.
Keep your doggo documents in folders, a binder, or a planner, and file them away in a special place that you will remember. For many people, that is in the household filing cabinet alongside other sensitive documents. Wherever you’re placing your paperwork, it doesn’t hurt to organise it all once per week. Keeping your files in order brings much peace of mind.
Medication station | Dog Supplies
If your dog is on any kind of medication, this is the last thing you’ll want to lose. If you’re going to organise only one category of dog supplies, make it this one. Medication, especially of the prescription variety, can be critical and difficult to replace once lost. Plus, it’s often small, so if it were to be misplaced, it would be difficult to recover.
There is a simple way to store medication in an easily accessible way, and that’s in a small plastic container. Perhaps you’d like to take a leaf out of the oldies’ book and organise them by days of the week. If there are humans in your house on medication, store Doggy’s doses in the same place. This keeps it all together. You’ll just want to make sure that the doggy meds are stored in a separate container or else you could find yourself in hot water.
If your dog is on multiple medications, we strongly recommend keeping track of their daily doses. If the ‘days of the week’ pill boxes don’t cut it for you, then create a checklist. Perhaps you could pop this on the fridge to you’ll know where that is, too.
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That’s a wrap
It’s important to note that this list is not exhaustive. There may be some simple solutions we have overlooked, or there may be some doggo supplies we did not mention. If, however, you’re thinking more about how you can keep your dog supplies in order, then this post has served its purpose. Dog paw-renthood is messy at the best of times, and having these tricks up your sleeve can make life easier. We encourage you to try some of these tips or to think of other ways you can reduce canine chaos in your home. Or perhaps we have inspired you to address the way you organise the important items, like doggy documentation and medication. It takes a village to raise a dog, and everyone can do a little thing to lighten the load a bit. As the saying goes, all paws on deck!