Get Organized // Pets

6.10.2014
ahh the kryptonite to my perfectly clean and organized apartment - hawkeye.  god knows i love that little furball but home girl is a mess.  food scattered around the bowl, crumbs on my kitchen floor, toys laying all around.  i haven't counted, but i'm quite sure she has more things than i do.  one day, i will get that little bugger totally organized.  she'll probably need her own room... anyway, until that day, i'm always on the hunt for ways to organize pet products!  so in addition to the hand vacuum for her crumbs, here's what i recommend so far for keeping the pet clutter under control:

have a designated pet station.  currently, the hawkeye pet station is her own cupboard in the kitchen.  it has her monthly meds, her treats, stuff to groom her should she decide to let me, her leash and collar, her elf costume.


it's not the prettiest set up but i love that everything is in one spot and all together.  although i fear that i'm one of those people that will ultimately have this:


hrh would be pleased.

don't forget the paper trail.  for a dog who has never been seriously sick or injured (knock on wood), princess sure does have a paper trail.  i keep no papers on myself, but i keep all her shot records, prescriptions, even a list of instructions when she has to go to boarding (they don't seem to understand that she really won't drink water for 2 days if you don't give it to her in a cup.  bowls are for peasants.)  i write everything in the pet.doc notebook but you can easily make a binder with your own printables.

have a toy box.  i love this thing.  it's from petsmart, it's made by the martha stewart line.  it's soft sided and collapsible and one side has the dip so they can stick their heads in and pull out what they want.  there may or may not even be a video on instagram of hawkeye pulling out a chunk of chicken she had buried in there.  (there is.)  hoarder.

true story - i have now taught hawkeye to put the toys away into the toy box.  she gets treats when she does so now i think she takes them out just to put them away again and get fed.  hey, whatever works, my friends.  whatever works.

so tell me fellow animal and organization lovers, what do you do to control the pet mess?

17 comments:

  1. Shit how much do you charge for your dog whispering services and are you available to organize as of yesterday? Haha.

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  2. Haha! I do have an Ikea box with lid that I keep with all of Seamus grooming supplies. I keep him medical docs in a folder in my office and he has a bone shaped wicker basket for his toys! Dog mom's unite!

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  3. My one dog LOVES putting her toys away and the other one is just a hot mess and takes them and throws them everywhere...of course after the other dog puts them away

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  4. If anyone but you said they had a dog that could clean up after themselves, I wouldn't believe it. But with you, it makes total sense. That cabinet thing is awesome.

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  5. You know I want that pantry and am currently designing my next dream kitchen around it. That is awesome!

    My dogs have space in most rooms - they have a toy box in the living room, a leash/harness/poop bag box by the front door, a bin in the basement for towels and their outdoor water bowl and poop bags, a shelf in the kitchen for food and treats, a box in the linen closet for meds. They own this joint.

    These aholes never put their toys away. I want HRH to come give lessons.

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  6. I would love to have that little space/closet thing for my dogs. However, their bones and toys seem to take over the house hahaha

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  7. maybe you can help me with this- their paws. my dog's paws get so muddy all the time i want to throw in the towel (muddy towel) any tips for that?

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  8. That is so cute that she puts her toys away! My dogs GET toys from the box, but they do not put them back! And then I end up stepping on them. :) I definitely need to designate a dog section. There is kind of one in my pantry, but not really.

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  9. I blame my two Shih Tzus for being such hoarders... they each have their own basket o' toys!!!!

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  10. Pump the breaks! She puts away her own toys?!?! My dogs better step up their game!!! Slackers!

    I need a dog station cabinet like you have pictured! That is every pet parents dream right there!!!! My dogs own every inch of my damn house. Their toys are thrown about, hair is everywhere, and Mac leaves morsels of food all over for safe keepings.

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  11. The fact that she won't drink it out of anything but a cup if the best (but yet obnoxious) thing I have heard yet. Too cute!

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  12. JC has a toy box but his shit is still alllll over the place! hahaha

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  13. Linky Cat and Princess Matzo Ball each have their own folders with all the documents from every vet visit.

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  14. i wonder if pet mess is as big and crazy as kid mess. we buy covered bins for all of kayla's crap and then purge every once in a while (donate her old toys).

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  15. Westley has a pet toy box. When I try to pick his toys up he looks at me like I am evil, and then digs them all back out and scatters them again.

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  16. omg...what I wouldn't give for that pet cupboard - I love it so much. If I had a spot for it, it would be MINE. Or Roxy's? lol

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  17. That's genius to teach her to clean up! I have this and I lovvvve it:

    http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/bone-shaped-pet-toy-basket/1041443583?device=c&network=g&matchtype=&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_pet_&gclid=CjkKEQjwzv-cBRD_oY2PouKVvMIBEiQAKuGNC3nV66SHs_8LLHPrLaycp25XhjMVhkiTVLMNn8qCEPHw_wcB

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