Setting up a Pet Hub in Your Home

Refer to this actionable step-by-step plan that will get you on your way to setting up a pet hub in your home. This is a genius way to organize your pet supplies, so you know right where everything is when you need it.

When working on how to organize the different areas in your home, your pet is a large part of that. Let’s get his area streamlined today!

set up a pet hub in your home

In our home, our dog is one of the family. He is the perfect lap dog, gives the best kisses, and we really enjoy having him around.

He makes us laugh at his silliness and roll our eyes at some of his unique antics. He frustrates us, especially when he insists on barking at bees, and he keeps us up and moving and active.

a white dog sitting in the sun with a green toy

Another place where he is similar to a family member is the amount of clutter that he has. I kid you not; our dog’s toys would rival any toddler. And sure, we try to keep things in a basket, which does help, but what about all the other things?

His extra leashes, his collars, his bandanas, his festive holiday hats, his medications, brushes, shampoos, dog trimming supplies, I could seriously go on and on.

a brown dog with a black nose running in the snow

Maybe you are like we used to be and have all your supplies scattered around your home. Pet food in the pantry, leashes in the front closet, treats in the kitchen, and sure for some people that might make sense.

In our home, however, we have found that keeping everything as close together as possible is not only easier to find the supplies we need, it is also easier for us to keep things put away and off the counters.

We call this our pet Hub. It is where we keep our pet’s food, treats, and other supplies. Items that we use on a daily basis.

a small black dog looking at the camera

A pet hub can be located just about anywhere. We have ours in a cabinet above where the dog food is. This location is also right next to the door where we let our pup in and out to do his business. Just a few shelves in a cabinet and room for feed bowls and dog food down below is all we need to hold his massive amount of supplies.

Setting Up a Pet Hub in Your Home

If you are looking for a way to keep things organized for your pet, whether it’s a dog, cat, hamster, bird, or even a potbelly pig, this list will get you started.

Step #1. Gather your Supplies

Before you begin, you will want to gather up your supplies. Markers, post-it notes, index cards, baggies, and a few sorting boxes and bags. this will keep you from getting distracted and losing focus because you need to keep running off to grab supplies.

READ: How to Set Up a Decluttering Kit 

Step #2. Set Up a Sorting Area

I find the more I can prep before I actually begin a decluttering and organizing project the more successful I will be. This includes a fast and temporary sorting area where I can toss things as I am sorting through them.

  • A bag for trash
  • A bin to put old or expired products and/or medications to dispose of later
  • A box for donations
  • A box for items you would like to give away to a family or friend

D/M Pro Tip: If you are looking for a place to donate unwanted pet toys, blankets, and supplies, why not contact your local pet shelter? They are always in need of items and would most likely welcome what you have to give them. 

Step #3. Gather Up What you Have Now

Before we get started you will first need to know just how many supplies you have. Take a few minutes to gather up all the things you need to take care of your pet. I find it is easiest to do this with a laundry basket, walk your home and pick up any toys, medications, treats, leashes, collars, Etc, and bring it all to an open area so you can more easily declutter your pet supplies.

A kitchen table is a great sorting area to use, but you can also use the floor or a bed if that is easier.

Lay everything out, and start going through items one at a time.

  • If it is broken put it in the trash
  • if it is expired put it in the trash

D/M Pro Tip: Be sure you follow guidelines before disposing of any medications, whether they are expired or not. Find out more here.

  • If you no longer need it, put it into the donation box
  • If you know someone that has a pet that may like an item you no longer need, put it in the giveaway box. Be sure to attach a Post-It note for who the item is for so you do not forget later on.

Continue doing this until the only items left are what you plan to keep.

a container of dog food and feed bowls

Step #4. Sort Out What You are Keeping

Make piles of all the items you are keeping. Sort them into categorizing them as you go along.

A few ideas to consider for categories are:

  • Toys
  • Leashes and collars
  • Doo-doo bags
  • Kitty litter
  • Litter box supplies
  • Animal and/or birdcage bedding
  • Medications
  • Bandanas and/or clothing
  • Food
  • Treats
  • Supplements
  • Miscellaneous

Your list is going to differ depending on the type of pet and how many pets you have.

Step #5. Choose a Location for Your Pet Hub

As I mentioned earlier, we chose to keep our Pet Hub close to the door where we let our dog out to do his business. In the beginning, we had our hub in our front mudroom but we found ourselves walking to that location every time we needed something for our dog. By housing things close to where we use the items it makes it easier to not only find what we need quickly but to then also put everything all the way away.

D/M Pro Tip: Putting things all the way away is a great habit to adopt and practice routinely. Remember clutter is anything that is not in its home, AKA put away.

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So the more items you can put all the way away the less cluttered your home will be. What do I mean by “all the way away”?

How many times have you set things close to their home with the full intention of putting those things away later? Only to find a pile of things growing in size weeks later?

By creating a habit of putting things all the way away, every time you use a tool, you will stop most of the clutter driving you crazy today. Simple habits that result in big changes.

Walk your home and check out any prospective areas that might work as a pet hub for your pet. Remember if you have more than one pet you will quite possibly need more than one hub. These are all decisions that you will have to make and it will all depend on you, and the situation you have in your own home.

a green and a white basket in a cabinet setting up a pet hub

Once you’ve chosen your location scope it out. Take a look at the room that you have to store the supplies for your pet. Consider a few things before making a final commitment.

  • Is there enough room to house all of your pet’s supplies?
  • Is the location a convenient one?
  • Do you need to move things around to make more space?
  • Do you need to do a little DIY to allow the area to set up more easily?

Take some time to prep the area before you start putting things away.

Step #6. Use Containers to Hold Supplies

Before you begin to put things into your new pet hub, you will want to use containers to keep similar supplies together. This will make it easier for you to not only find what you need quickly but also to put things all the way away when you are done using them.

A pet hub of organize pet supplies

When you are deciding what container will work best to hold a collection of items take a look at the amount you have first. The trick is to fit your container to the number of supplies that you have or plan to have.

You also need to be sure that any containers you choose will fit in the space available in your new pet hub.

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Make a wish list of the different containers you need, and remember to shop your home first. What does that mean? Well, every home typically has a supply of containers stashed somewhere in their home. Containers they thought would work great but ended up being an organizing flop. This stash is your very own organizing store! Take your wish list of containers and see if you have something that will fill any of those needs.

Once you are done, take a look and see what containers are left on your list. Ask yourself if you can DIY a temporary solution until you are able to buy a more permanent one. In most cases when a newly organized area is set up there are usually a few tweaks that need to be done before the final solution is created.

a white dog sniffing a pile of pet toys

Call this your test run of your new pet hub. Until you know how things are going to work I suggest using boxes as a DIY solution. As you solidify things more permanently, you can reward yourself with a shopping trip to an organizing store. A great treat to give yourself for a job well done.

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Step #7. Use Clear and Bold Labels

Once you’re done setting up your pet hub you will want to use great big in-your-face labels. Now, these are not your permanent labels, instead, these are labels that you were going to use as a reminder to both you and your family as to where they can find what they are looking for. And, even more importantly, where to put those items away when they are done using them.

Why is this step important? When we are organizing we tend to get excited by our project and the goal we have for our new space we can clearly see in our mind playing out. Sure, at the time you are convinced you will remember where everything goes but trust me on this, you will not.

Labels are the easiest way to map out a reminder system of what goes where so you are not frustrated because you don’t remember risking abandoning your new system altogether.

You can make your own labels or buy pet supply labels online.

Do not trust yourself to remember what your plan was when you set up this area going forward. Take a few minutes to create temporary labels. A simple index card with a big, bold title printed on it clipped to a sorting bin is all you need to set yourself up for success.

a container of dog food and feed bowls

Step #8. Create a Streamlined System

Another helpful area you will want to include in your new pet hub is a list of steps for any activities involving your pet. From bathing to teeth care, list out how you do each procedure and keep it in your binder. These pages will be helpful if you ever need someone else to care for your pet.

A few ideas are: 

  • Steps needed to bathe your pet
  • Steps needed to groom your pet
  • Steps to brush your pet’s teeth
  • Steps for medicating your pet
  • Steps for supplements and your pet
white dog eating dog food

Setting up a pet hub in your home is not only beneficial for keeping things neat and orderly but also for keeping your pets happy and healthy. Use these tips to set up an area just for your pet’s care today.

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3 Comments

  1. We have 3 large dogs and 1 cat. Their stuff is in separate rooms; cat in one room, dogs in another. We kind of have the dogs stuff scattered, but uncluttered. We have one room we call the dog room. That is where most of their stuff is. They also get fed in that room. Their food is kept in a large container next to their bowls. We have a large shelf that holds their treats and small covered tubs that holds their medication. Each pet has their own tub. Their collars and leases are on a holder that I used to put my necklaces on. One of those that look like big X’s ……..XXX and have pegs on them. Their toys and beds are in the living room. Our cat’s room isn’t quite as organized. Because of our dogs getting into cat stuff I’ve got things separated. I can’t even try to tell you where everything is, although her medication is in a tub on the shelf with the dogs tubs.

    1. Funny how dogs are just like kids! Getting into things you do not want them too. It sounds like you have a great system set up for the dogs, for your kitty you may just need to find a way to keep things secure. A gate that they can’t get over but kitty can or a bin with a lid to keep things out of the way of your curious pups. You may need to try a few options out until you find one that works for everyone.
      Good Luck!
      Tracy Lynn

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