How to Organize Your Home with Pets

How to Organize Your Home with Pets

Have you ever noticed that having pets is like having additional people living in your home? They have toys, supplies, beds, and recreational accessories to keep them busy.  Instead of your home staying organized it is getting cluttered and before you know it, your pets will be running the house! The same organization that you strive to accomplish for your family should be the same for your pets.  Here are organization tips that will keep your home stay neat and help you regain your sanity.

  • How much stuff do they need: This tip can be applied to any task when you are organizing. How much do your pets use on a regular basis?  How much is novelty or one-time belongings that can be thrown away or given to a neighbor? The reality is, if you want to organize you will have to purge.  Dog owners for example tend to house a lot of toys, and supplies and many of the items are in disrepair or don’ get used. Even cat owners have balls, and toys for their cats which roll under the couch and become lost anyway! Purge so you can organize what your pets really use.
  • Find organization sources: Consider buying pet organization sources that help house supplies, belongings, and toys.  At organization or pet stores look for household containers made just for pet supplies. Storage containers that hold plastic bags, leash, hair brush and other accessories are perfect for dog owners. Pet stores and online pet suppliers have catalogs full of accessories to help you get your home in order. Assess your pet needs and supplies and buy what is appropriate to your household.
  • Dedicate a space or room to your pet: Depending on the size of your home, consider dedicating a space to only your pet. This area can be a mudroom, basement, garage or utility closet. Include closed storage bins for dry pet food and pet dishes in an out of the way place. Store pet toys in clear bins or baskets for easy access. Leashes, pet brushes and maintenance supplies should be adjacent to pet toy area. When all supplies are in one area, the rest of your home will benefit!
  • Keep important paperwork in place: Health, immunization, and veterinarian records should be kept in a folder along with your families important papers. In the event of an emergency, fire, etc… your pet’s information should be easily accessible.  Organization doesn’t only mean of your décor, it also includes household items that will be at arm’s reach when the time arises.  If you don’t have all your most current information, ask you veterinarian for copies, to keep your files up-to-date at all times.

If your pets and their supplies have taken over your home it is time to get it organized! If you have limited space inside your home, consider using a corner in your garage for storage and organization bins. Don’t forget valuable vertical space on the walls. Hang a peg board in your garage or coat closet to house leashes, brushes, and extra supplies. This will keep your floor clean and your supplies close. You can make your home comfortable for the people and your pets at the same time!

Freshome pet owners tell us how you keep your home clean an organized with pet supplies!


  • JCharle November 4, 2010 at 14:59 PMLogin to Reply →

    My fiance and I are animal lovers with not a lot of space, and with two cats and a dog it can get crazy. To hold back on clutter, we keep the cat toys in our studio so that they are out of the way and so the dog won’t get them and destroy them. All but a few dog toys are hidden away in a cute but cheap little storage ottoman we bought at Target. The dog is taken to the park daily (or long walks) to keep his energy level down at home where he can just spend his time chewing bones. Other than that, we vacuum all the time to keep fur down. It’s not too hard to keep a place neat with pets around, you just have to do little things everyday so it doesn’t pile up.

  • Nealey Levi November 4, 2010 at 19:54 PMLogin to Reply →

    Repurpose a shoe organizer to store pet supplies! You know the shoe organizers with the pockets and they hang on the back of the door? That’s what we are talking about. The pockets are great for holding all those little pet items!

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  • RoniqueGibson November 5, 2010 at 10:39 AMLogin to Reply →

    Great tips Nealey and J! I agree, having pets doesn’t have to be a burden, it’s no different than having kids! Thanks for the great comments. :)

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  • James December 14, 2010 at 07:48 AMLogin to Reply →

    I have two kids aged 6 and 4 and the eldest is asking for a puppy. We live in a 3 bedromm condo and to accomodomate a puppy is possible but when the puppy is full grown, there will definitely be a problem with space. Any suggestions?

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