WIN THE PET STORAGE WARS
Sort your furry friends’ stuff in style with these home hacks
READY YOUR ENTRANCE HALL
Create a command centre at the door your pet exits and enters through for walks. Have a bin or hook near the door for leads, waste bags, coats and whatever else you need for walks, says professional organiser Kate Pawlowski of organising and decluttering business Done & Done Home in the US. Also keep a towel in the area to wipe muddy paws upon your dog’s return.
STORE FOOD SMARTER
A half-open bag of pet food isn’t just an eyesore, it’s also a pest and rodent magnet. An airtight bin is essential. We like the 2,6 ℓ Lock & Lock square container (R125, Takealot). It’ll keep food fresh and ensure that your pet doesn’t sneak an extra snack that could make him sick. Dress it up by stashing it inside a wicker hamper, suggests Pawlowski. She also suggests setting up a food station with a rubber or silicone mat under food bowls to prevent spills.
TAME THE TOYS
Pets are just like kids – they leave their toys everywhere. Gather their toys in a cute receptacle placed in a room where your pet loves to play so you won’t have to see them strewn around the house. Pawlowski suggests a bin with a lid so that once you have put the toys away, your pet can’t just walk over and pull them all out again.
Buy a couple of shower caddies, like the Steelcraft hook-over shower caddy (R499, Takealot), and group the rest of the pet products by category, like ‘Grooming’ and ‘Cleaning’. Then, at bath time or if there’s an emergency pee stain, just grab it and go.