These 7 tips from NYC’s top Organization Guru Abbe Tanenbaum will help wrangle all your dog clutter into a well-ordered haven.
7 Simple Organizing Solutions for You and Your Urban Canine!
With the autumn just around the corner, everyone is trying to get organized for back to school and the end of the holidays. Dog owners are no exception, but figuring out what to do with all of your pup’s stuff in an apartment is definitely an added challenge. What should you do with all the toys, treats, grooming supplies, leashes, clothes, food, bowls… the list goes on and on!
Here are 7 easy to implement tricks for you and your furry friend to try!
1. W-A-L-K Station
Create a doggy walk station near the exit. Keep a tote bag on a hook that can hold baggies, leash, harness, treats, booties etc. If you want to add more storage hang baskets. They are great because they are convenient, stylish, AND hide clutter.
2. Grooming Supplies
Create a little caddy or designate a plastic bin with a lid for grooming supplies (nail clipper, brushes, shampoo etc) and store it under the sink in your bathroom or on a shelf in your closet. The idea is to keep like items in one area so that when you need them they are easy to find.
Space is at a premium when living in an apartment. Yes you love your pooch but that kennel takes up so much space! If you have a large dog crate, make it function as table top by putting a board covered in fabric on top.
If you have a smaller dog, repurpose an end table so it can hold your dog’s bed.
4. Treat Time
Great idea from the one and only Kimberly at City Dog Expert [Editors note:awwwwwwww thank you Abbe]
Put dog treats into clear mason jars so you can see what they are and they take up less space!
5. Dinner? Yes, Please.
Use a plastic cereal container to hold dry dog food. It takes up less space, keeps food fresh, and is easy to pour.
6. What to Wear…
The Wonder Hanger is a great way to maximize closet space. This device allows you to hang up to 6 outfits vertically. Great for all your dog’s gear 🙂
7. Toy Storage
A basket is a great solution for toy storage BUT it doesn’t need to be an eye sore. Apartment Therapy has a great selection of Grown Up Toy Storage to give you some options.
BONUS: ClearOver-the-Door Shoe Caddies are my FAVORITE! They don’t need to just be used for shoes, in fact they are perfect for your tail-wagger’s toys, leash, treats, shampoo–you name it and because the pockets are clear you can easily see what’s in each one.
Organization isn’t about becoming the next Martha Stewart. It’s about finding ways to make your life easier and more efficient for you… and your pooch!
Abbe Tanenbaum The Urban Organizer
Abbe is an NYC based personal organizer, actor, dog enthusiast and Pinterest addict. When she isn’t working one on one with clients through her organizing company, Urban Organizer, she is finding new activities that push her comfort zone.