Budget Self Storage Ideas: Pet Organization
Owning a pet comes with many joys, but the mess that they can create is not one of them. Aside from the issues of shedding, chewing, or accidents is the problem of the clutter their supplies can create. Organizing pet supplies can be tricky because they’re not all used in the same area or in the same way. Simply trying to keep all pet supplies in one place probably won’t be practical. Like any organization system, if it isn’t practical it won’t be adhered to. Here are a few ideas for keeping pets’ many possessions in their place.
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What do you need when you take your pet outside? Create one storage area, whether it’s a bin, a shelf, a drawer, a cabinet or closet for any supplies that are only used outdoors. This might include leashes, plastic bags, a travel carrier and/or any protective gear. Grab it as you leave, and put it back as soon as you return.
Food and Treats
Logically, it’s most convenient to store food close to where you actually feed your pets—near the fish tank, food bowls, crates, etc. Many pet owners buy large bags of food in bulk, so this may not always be feasible. It may work best to find a nice, out-of-the-way place for the large bag and periodically transfer food into a smaller container, though, both for storage reasons and for ease of use. Having a treat bin could also help—store packaging isn’t always air-tight, and a bin can help you consolidate multiple treat packages into one container.
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It’s amazing how quickly pet owners can accumulate a rather large toy collection for their pets. Balls roll under the couch and get temporarily lost, so more are purchased. Gifts are given, and all of a sudden there are toys underfoot everywhere. One option is to cycle what toys are out and available and which are packed away in a closet. Many pets enjoy rediscovering their old toys after an absence, whereas toys that are always available become boring. Frequent sorting and disposal of old toys is important, too—simply having too many toys is a surefire way to make organizing difficult. If a mess has been a problem, store toys out of the pets’ reach so that you can decide when they get brought out.
Odds n' Ends
Things like extra collars, grooming supplies, blankets and pet clothes could likely be kept with or near the extra toys or maybe with the large food storage, just so you don’t end up with too many different storage locations.
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Cleaning and Maintenance supplies
Fish tanks and cages often require several different cleaning supplies along with bedding, and cats require litter. Consider keeping large bedding or litter containers near the large food bags. A cupboard, storage unit, or drawer near the cage in question should be set aside for these supplies.
Most pets require some medicine, sometimes monthly and even daily. Some people keep these with their own medicines, which makes sense as long as they are clearly labeled. Otherwise, group them with another category as long as they will be kept out of reach of children and pets.
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Pets come with paperwork, including health records, registrations, and sometimes bills. Incorporate your pet’s paperwork into whatever larger system you have, or set aside a folder or box nearby. Make sure to keep pet emergency numbers with other emergency numbers in your home.
While it doesn’t always work to keep everything together, having one central location for most “pet stuff” with designated areas for other items that are used elsewhere is a good start. Sometimes, the process of deciding what goes where can make a difference, since pet supplies are often accumulated gradually and aren’t always given a home. For containers in each of these given areas, there are a number of budget storage solutions, from re-purposing bins, boxes, and bags you already have to purchasing cute, designated containers at discount retailers.
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