Are you one of those pet lovers whose house seems to be drowning in dog hair accessories, adorable sweaters, and embellished collars, yet you can never find the one item you’re searching for? No judgement here—we’ve been in the same boat.
Fortunately, we’ve discovered some quick and easy ways to store your pup’s stuff so that you can always find what you’re looking for. After all, we know how important Buddy’s ugly Christmas sweater collection is!
First thing’s first—purge and clean out
This is an important step to tackle before you begin putting things away, since you want to make sure everything is actually something you (and Fido) want to keep.
Simply gather everything into one place and toss anything that’s broken, no longer fits, or is missing parts. The stuff that is gently used or just doesn’t fit can be donated to your local animal shelter, where it’ll find a new home and make some dog’s day.
Next, sorting and organizing
Divide things into separate categories that relate to each item’s function. For example, make a pile for grooming supplies, another for medicine and vet information, another for chew toys and treats, one for walking supplies (leashes, collars, poop bags, etc.), and another for clothing, kerchiefs, and accessories.
Now that you’ve done that…
Where is it all going to go?
Figuring this out is essential, and there are a few different approaches you can take. Basically, you’re going to want to keep things in the piles that you’ve sorted them into.
You can put them into separate areas that make sense! For example, you can organize in the following ways:
- Create a dog walking area by your front door. Here are some excellent examples that’ll truly inspire you.
- Buy a basket or crate that can hold all of the everyday indoor toys. If you get something adorably dog-themed like this bone-shaped basket, we’re pretty sure your dog will love you even more (if that’s possible).
- Add some plastic storage drawers to any area—they’re sturdy and you won’t have to dedicate an entire piece of furniture to your dog’s things.
Creating a dedicated dog station
Feeling super generous with your space? Follow these directions from our friends at Creative Home and turn your unused closet into a pet’s dream bedroom. Then they’ll have plenty of room for storing their accessories and favorite outfits.
Alternatively, convert a dresser into a dog closet! There are lots of ways to do this, but it might be easiest to designate each dresser drawer to a specific category: top drawer for pills and medical documents, the next drawer for treats, etc.
Just be sure to clearly label each drawer so you (and dog walkers or dog sitters) can easily access exactly what you need.
With a little planning, you’ll be able to access all of your dog’s favorite outfits and accessories, and keep them super-stylish at the park and beyond.
Whether you’re DIY-ing it, purchasing something off Amazon, or simply tossing their goods into a basket, you can bet that your canine buddy will appreciate being able to put her most fashionable feet forward.