WIN THE PET STOR­AGE WARS

Sort your furry friends’ stuff in style with these home hacks

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - YOUR LIFE -

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.

CRE­ATE CAD­DIES

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.

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