5 WAYS TO ORGANIZE A PET-FRIENDLY HOME
My husband and I live with two dogs and a crazy, wild kitten and so, I’m constantly looking for ways to incorporate their needs into our human world seamlessly. This can be challenging for a Stimulista who wants to ensure a nice-looking home, but not to worry, I’ve found five great ways to make your home pet-friendly and organized!
The first consideration is food. Cans tend to be easily stacked on a shelf, but the big bags of kibble can be a pain. Air-tight storage containers (Rubbermaid, Tupperware) that fit on shelves can each take a portion of the food. Just pour the bag into the various containers, stack and grab as needed. The other option is a single large container, which works best in our home – we go through a lot of dog food – plus many containers look great on display.
The next challenge is giving your pet a cozy place to hang with the family. We don’t all have unlimited space so positioning a bed or crate can be a challenge. The best option is to make that cozy den multi-purpose. Footstools and coffee tables can be the ideal spot for a hideout. Plus, thanks to Pinterest, options for do-it-yourself are abundant and it need not be an “all-in” paint and design project, a bed inside a cabinet with the door removed will work great.
In our house, someone is always kicking the dog dishes. Or, the cat careens around the corners, sending them flying. I’d love to be able to tuck them away when feeding time is over. In the future, I’ll be incorporating a bottom drawer feeding station into either a standalone cabinet or the kitchen cabinetry.
Kitties love to be with us but need to feel safe and that generally means they want a high perch. Our previous feline needed a safe environment so I DIYed some cat shelves in our living room. If you have a blank wall there are a variety of ways to incorporate store-bought or DIY cat shelves while making them look like part of the decor.
And while we’re on the topic of cats, if you don’t have the room for cat shelves, you can buy or modify a bookcase to create their own little space for comfort.
Dogs and cats are part of the family. With a little extra consideration, they can have their needs met without sabotaging our decor dreams.