You all knew this post was coming ever since I introduced you to Snickerdoodle Cookie, our Golden Doodle puppy. This blog post was inevitable. We have a dog, so where and how do I keep all of her stuff organized?
There are two main places where we store Cookie’s stuff. There are many more than two places where there is stuff for Cookie, like her toys that she spreads out all over, or her dog bed or crate, or her dog shampoo we just keep in the bathtub where we bathe her. That stuff is just here to stay and has blended into the household. The places I’m talking about are where we keep her food, brush, and all her little things.
Organizing Dog Food
This is the cabinet shelf in the kitchen where we keep all of Cookie’s food stuffs. Those things on the end are food puzzles, that we use every few days to keep life interesting for Cookie (we hide kibble and then she has to search the puzzles to find all her food – we like this puzzle and this puzzle). The “flour” tin is full of little dog bone treats. We switch up her treats from day to day, though there is no denying she has favorites. We also have a spare set of food dishes and some Kongs. One of those bags of treats are Himalayan Gold Chews, which she loves and they last a long time. Keeping all of these food related items in one place lets everyone in the family know where to find her food or treats.
We buy the big enormous bags of food, but I keep the majority of it out in the garage in a sealed container. Then, we refill this small container and keep it in the kitchen. One of the awesome things about this container is the clear plastic measuring cup that doubles as the lid! It is so easy for anyone to feed Cookie and measure out the right amount of food. We feed her 3x a day – breakfast, lunch, and dinner like we eat.
I do NOT appreciate the smell of dog food, so I appreciate not having the smell linger in my house. Garages tend to have a semi-unpleasant smell anyway, so this big container of dog food blends right in when we open it up to refill the small inside container. (And yes, I added some tape to be extra sure the lid doesn’t pop off … it may not be necessary, but I am a little paranoid.)
All The Dog Things
This 3-tiered basket has had a lot of different functions in the 8 years I’ve had it. I used to use it as a homework station for my kids, but now they’re all growing up and have desks in their rooms for homework. Have no fear, basket, you have found a new purpose – to hold all the dog things!
Shockingly, though she is tall enough to get into the top, she pretty much leaves this alone. We put her dog brushes, the wipes I use on her occasionally after she does her business (yes, I’m crazy), a few dog supplements I won at a raffle, some natural hand sanitizer, and other odds and ends.
The middle stores all the stuff we don’t need to access as regularly. They are stored in plastic containers so she can’t get into anything. These are dog training things, doggy shoes (yes, I’ve admitted I’m nuts), extra leashes, collars, and even disposable dog diapers.
The bottom is Cookie’s favorite domain – her toy stash. I know she is feeling a little feisty when all of her toys are pulled out and scattered around the house. Normally, though, she sticks her nose in and pokes around until she finds just what she is looking for. Today she found her Squeaker Ball, which is definitely her favorite. She’ll toss it at my ankles with her mouth until I pick it up and throw it for her! Below, she is waiting for me to pick it up because she just pushed it toward me.
Do you have your furry friends’ stuff organized? If not, maybe this post can give you some ideas on organizing for your dogs.
Cookie turns 8 months this week and I am still learning how to be a good dog parent – let me know if you have advice for me!