Organization of our homes is a hot topic.
From cleaning out the garage to going through our closets we are on a revolving mission to keep things clean.
When is the last time you went through your pet’s items though?
I could not remember the last time I had so over the past weekend, I did just that!
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Why Organize Your Pet’s Items?
Clearly, one reason is to eliminate waste and make room for new goodies.
Another positive reason is that you can donate unused items in good condition to friends who have pets, or local shelters.
I mean just how many pet hair brushes do we need?
How many water and food bowls?
If you have had pets for a long time, these things collect.
We do not need duplicates upon duplicates.
Finding products you and your pets could be using but have been forgotten is a great reason as well.
When it comes to more valuable items you can sell them.
This is especially helpful if you are in need of extra cash.
Often I trade, sell, or donate my personal items such as clothing.
There is no reason we can’t do the same with pet-related products.
Another reason to go through your pet related items is to be sure things are not outdated.
Outdated medications, dental care items are unsafe.
Sometimes we may find items that have been recalled such as toys and treats.
When your pet’s get involved as mine did, it can also be a wonderful way to bond.
When You Organize Your Pet’s Items It’s Liberating:
I love to get rid of things I do not need.
Sometimes I get to feeling like a hoarder!
Having clear space gives peace of mind.
It feels so good knowing my unused pet items will go toward pets in need.
Just be sure that you are not donating items that are unsafe, out of date or have in fact been recalled.
Plus, it is awesome when you find something that is on your shopping list!
I came across this quick stop that is well within date.
It was on my shopping list and now I do not have to spend money on a new one.
My daughter had pet dental paste in her box of pet items.
It is far better than the brand I had.
Organize Your Pet’s Items For Maintenance:
When organizing your pet’s things it can also lead to some much-needed maintenance.
I mean let’s face it, we all need to sit down now and then and brush the brushes out!
Some people may be more on top of things than I am.
Going through pet items on a regular basis and not collecting them.
However, most pet parents I know, are collectors.
It’s due to the fact our pets are children to us and we just can’t help picking up one more cute toy.
We can’t pass by that adorable pet sweater!
It’s winter and many shelter pets could really use what our pets have outgrown or do not enjoy wearing.
This is also a good time to be sure your pet’s items are safe.
A broken leash needs to be tossed out immediately.
Sometimes we may need to mend a favorite toy or sweater.
Stitching up a rip can renew the item and make sure your pet is safe using or wearing it.
Winter Is The Perfect Time To Organize Your Pet’s Items:
I like to organize my pet’s items at least every winter.
We are inside more and using items less as a general rule.
Or we are using inside toys more often due to getting out less often, and want to check their safety.
It is also a great way to get your pets involved a little.
Lyla and Link enjoyed watching me go through a few bins of their things.
When I pulled out some of Link’s “forgotten” favorite toys he sure remembered them!
Lyla got excited to see her Thundershirt!
I remember how well it worked for her for a long time.
Then it didn’t.
With her renewed interest we will give it a try again.
Sometimes pets just need a break from things, much like us humans.