We have a situation over here.
As you may have picked up by now, I’m obsessed with organization. I like things to be neat, clean, and orderly. My label maker is one of my most prized possessions, and don’t even get me started on the beauty of my planner…
But yesterday, as I was attempting to locate Cortisone for Emmett’s feet, I had a realization: Our pet care stuff is a MESS! How could I let this happen?
In our Indiana house, we had a ton of storage space for dog stuff. We had a pantry that had shelves and drawers to cram it all in. Our Louisiana rental, while huge (and haunted.) has very little storage space. And, as a totally honest caveat, we have a LOT of frivolous pet stuff. I mean, if you consider a cape frivolous. Or holiday-appropriate bandanas. Or winter boots.
So! I’ve decided to undertake Project Pet Care Organization!
I’m going to share what I do to streamline our stuff and make pet care more accessible. I have five goals:
- eliminate and donate excess
- put everything away so that it’s easily accessible
- finalize our preparedness plans (first aid kit, hurricane kit, and so on)
- get their health care stuff organized
- create a plan for training (both a schedule and the physical equipment)
My overarching goal, though, is to do it all without spending a dime! I’ll share my progress as I go, and if I stumble upon any great tips, I’ll be sure to pass them along!
In the meantime, I always think organization projects should start with an inventory, so here’s where we’re starting from (I shudder to think these pics are going to be out there on the internet, but I felt like this was the most honest way to start!).
We keep their bowls, Newt’s cans of cat food, daily medications, and the odd bag of treats in this cabinet:
But their bags of food are in this other cabinet:
And then all the “stuff” is crammed into these drawers (toys, treats, monthly meds, grooming supplies, random first aid stuff, the works):
Our closet is half stuffed with their coats, sweaters, and – yes – costumes:
And if that isn’t enough, here’s this random box in our storage room filled with cones, a cape, and odds and ends:
Sigh. Then their healthcare stuff (I’m dreading this task):
And all that excludes their part of our hurricane box, which is supposed to be hurricane backpacks for evacuation:
Not pictured: Their toy box in the living room, the rack of leashes and harnesses hanging by the side door, Newt’s toys in the big room, the stuff actually in Newt’s room (more toys, litter stuff, etc.), and their stuff in the garage (crate, hula hoop – yep – and bath towels).
Well, that’s it. (HA! “it”) That’s where I’m starting from. Project Pet Care Organization is officially underway. To be reasonable, I plan to tackle one goal per week, and I’ll let you know how it’s going.
Tell me: Do you have all your pet care stuff organized and together? Is it scattered everywhere like our stuff? Do you need to join me in this undertaking?!?! (Come on! Join me!! If you start this week, start with a simple inventory! You can do it!)