I always enjoy the opportunity that springtime brings for doing a bit of decluttering around the house. Giving things a thorough cleaning always makes me feel a little bit better about my surroundings. Plus, it’s a great way to clear the air as it gets warmer, and it tends to help my allergies, which take a hit in the spring.
For some reason last year, I didn’t think to include cleaning out Topher’s stuff as a step on my spring cleaning list. But this year, you can tell that we have an abundance of clutter when it comes to dog supplies. Collars, leashes, worn out toys, half used grooming supplies, and it’s all a bit of a mess. So if you’re in the same boat as me and looking to clean out that corner of your house dedicated to your dog, here are five simple steps to help you move through it quickly and efficiently.
Step One: Take all your dog’s stuff and put it on the floor.
Or you can put it on a table, if your pup is going to run off with a stray toy while you’re working. The goal of this exercise is to get every household item related to your pet out and in the same space, so you can see everything you have. You might be surprised at how much can accumulate over a year! We were certainly holding onto a number of toys that were long past their prime.
Step Two: Throw away everything that’s too worn out.
If your dog is a heavy chewer who loves their toys, it’s likely that you’ve got a few hanging around that are way past due for the trash bin. No matter how much your dog loves these toys, they can be a hazard—it’s better to throw them away and make room for newer, more durable models.
Step Three: Donate extra toys and supplies that have fallen out of use.
As pets get older, their needs change. It’s natural to stop using certain supplies for your pets over time, but think twice before just tossing them out. Many of these items, if gently used, could always be used again by rescues and shelters in your area. For any perishable goods, always check the expiration dates.
- Collars, leashes, and harnesses
- Gently used towels and blankets
- Puppy formulas, bottles, and nursing supplies
- Grooming supplies
- Crates and pet carriers
- Food and water bowls
Step Four: Give your remaining supplies a thorough cleaning.
Cleaning all your supplies before putting them back freshens everything up, reduces dog smell, and can give some of your well worn stuff new life. We have a great guide for how to clean dog toys, as well as other tips and tricks for cleaning other supplies and getting that “dog smell” out of your house.
Step Five: Designate a place to put all your supplies away.
Create space in your home where all your dog supplies can live. The more you can keep all their stuff together, the less likely it is you’ll lose them or buy multiples. One exception to this can be your dog’s toys, which you can put in an accessible location for them.
And you’re done! Stand back and be proud of how much cleaner your house feels…at least until your dog drags out every single one of his toys again. The cycle continues.