How To Organize Pet Supplies

Let’s learn how to organize pet supplies in your home. If you’re like most pet owners, you have a lot of pet supplies. And if you’re not careful, they can quickly become a cluttered mess. But with a little organization, you can make your pet supplies easy to access and keep them from taking over your home.

Here are a few steps to help keep supplies organized for your furry friends without the hassle.

How to Organize pet supplies

Organizing your pet’s supplies has probably crossed your mind many times, but you never got around to doing it.

Toys across the kitchen floor, dental chews hidden under the sofa, a leash lying near the door – These are just a few of the scenarios a pet owner may encounter daily, especially if these supplies have no specific home to be stored. 

a white dog stretching around a mess of pet toys

To prevent these items from becoming clutter headaches, Try these convenient solutions for organizing pet supplies to keep your home clean.

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How To Organize Pet Supplies

Before we can organize, you will first need to do a bit of decluttering. Let’s tackle that step first.

Step #1. Purge your pet supplies.

If you have pets, you know they come with many supplies – food, toys, bedding, grooming supplies, and more. It can be difficult to keep everything organized and to know what you are running low on.

puppy walking on a leash

A good rule of thumb is to purge your pet supplies at least once a year. Here is a quick clutter checklist to use that will help make this step easier to do.

Pet Clutter Checklist:

1. Get rid of anything that you or your pet no longer needs or uses.

2. Toss safely any items that are past the expiration date.

3. Toss anything that is damaged or broken.

This initial decluttering list will help you to make a dent in the supplies you have now.

Once you have decluttered, you will want to consider investing in storage solutions, such as baskets or bins, to help keep everything organized. We will cover this more in step #3.

By taking the time to purge your pet supplies, you can help make your home more organized and functional.

a dog lying down near a collection of pet toys

Step #2. Sort pet supplies into categories

Organizing your pet supplies doesn’t have to be difficult. Start by sorting everything into categories.

Pet Supply Categories:

  • Foods and treats
  • Medicines
  • Collar and leashes
  • Food and water bowls
  • Kennels and bedding
  • Toys 
  • Grooming equipment 

Once you’ve sorted everything, you can go through each section again, decluttering any items you no longer need or use. Refer to the 3-step checklist above, or use these quick action questions to help.

• Are there any toys that your pet doesn’t play with anymore?

• Are there any clothes that no longer fit?

• How many kennels do you need – one for each pet or one they can share?

• Do you have more bedding than you need?

Remember, if it is not damaged, you can donate these items to other pet owners or to your local pet shelter. After this step, you should have a finalized collection of pet supplies you can organize.

a box of pet supplies in a donation box

Step #3. Create a storage area for each category.

When organizing your pet’s things, you will want to set things up in a way that makes sense for you. Some people like to keep their pet supplies in one place, while others prefer to store items where they are most often used. In our home, we have a pet hub set up in our kitchen. This helps to keep everything in one place, making it easy to keep put away.

If you have multiple pets, you might want to create separate storage bins for each of them. This can be helpful if your pets are on any special diets or medications.

a dog near a bowl of food and a large container of food

Most pet parents know the importance of having easy access to their furry friend’s supplies. From food and water to toys and bedding, there are a lot of different items you need to keep track of.

One way to stay organized is to have a storage area or container for each category.

For example, you will want to keep all of the food in one area and all of the toys in another. This will help you quickly find what you need when your pet needs it.

In the entryway:

Set up a space for leashes, collars, and harnesses. This can be as simple as hooks on the wall or a basket near the door.

In the kitchen:

Designate a spot for food and water bowls as well as any treats or medicines you need to give.

Store food and treats in airtight containers and put them in a cupboard, on the floor, or pantry.

a plastic container of dog food in a kitchen

In the Family room:

Set up a basket to hold toys your pet likes to play with. Be sure to use a container they can easily get into. Pets love to get out toys to play with, and having a basket that is a good height for the size of your pet is a great way to encourage playtime.

In the bathroom or basement:

Create a space for grooming supplies and anything else to keep your pet clean and healthy. 

How do you store pet supplies?

It’s important to have a designated storage area for your pet supplies so that everything is easily accessible when you need it. Here are some smart storage solutions to consider:

1. Install shelving or cabinets in a closet or pantry specifically for your pet supplies. This solution is especially convenient if you have a small home with limited storage space.

2. Create a storage area under the stairs by installing shelves or drawer units.

3. Use an armoire, dresser, or other furniture to store your pet supplies.

a fish tank on a cabinet used for storing fish supplies

4. Hang shelves or baskets on the walls to store smaller items like leashes, collars, or treats.

This is also a great time to show creativity by making your own clever storage solution!

Step # 4. Label each area.

To help keep an organized area neat and put away, use labels for each section. Doing this will help you remember where everything belongs, and it will also help prevent things from getting lost in the shuffle.

You can use labels to designate areas for food, toys, grooming supplies, and anything else you need to keep track of. If you have more than one pet, include the name on each label. This will be especially helpful with medicines and supplements.

Dog and hand with pill isolated over white.

Taking a few minutes to label your shelves and bins will pay off in the long run, and your pets will appreciate having a well-organized home, too!

Step #5. Put things all the way away.

If you’re like most pet owners, your home is probably full of your furry friend’s supplies. But sometimes, it can be tough to keep everything organized.

And since we already set up a storage system for your items and labeled each space, we are one step ahead in keeping our pet supplies from cluttering your home.

Remember that having everything in one place close to where you use it will help cut down on the mess.

In addition, make sure to put everything away after using it. All the way away. This may seem like an obvious tip, but it’s easily forgotten when you’re in a rush—taking a few extra seconds to put things all the way away will help to keep your home neat and clutter-free.

Step #6. Keep items in stock.

Like people, pets need a steady supply of food, water, and shelter to stay healthy and happy. By rotating your stock of these supplies, you will do just that.

For pet owners, that means stocking up on essential items like food, litter, treats, and toys. However, it’s important to rotate your pet’s stock regularly to avoid using expired supplies or running out of essentials.

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To rotate your pet’s stock, start by sorting their supplies into three categories:

  1. Daily essentials – food and water.
  2. Occasional needs – treats, vitamins.
  3. Seasonal items – clothes, flea and tick protection, medicines.

Next, create a schedule for how often you will replenish each category. For example, you may need to replenish daily essentials like food and water every few weeks, while you may only need to restock seasonal items like flea collars every few months.

You may want to look into a subscription service to make this part of your pet’s care easier to keep up with.

Portrait of a purebred striped cat pet and cat food on a gray
background

Through this simple system, you can ensure that your pet always has the supplies they need.

By following these six steps, you can ensure that your pet supplies are always organized and easy to find. A little bit of initial work will save you time and frustration in the long run. Do you have any other tips for organizing pet supplies? Share them with us in the comments!

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