April 11, 2015 Photos by: Yastremska/Bigstock.com
More pets, more mess – it’s pretty much a given that it’s going to take extra work to keep your home clean when you have more than one dog. Here’s what you can do to keep your home looking its best.
Owning a dog can be a challenge at times, especially when it comes to keeping your home clean and tidy. If you have a multiple-dog home, this challenge grows exponentially. We know that it can be hard to keep on top of it all, but we’ve put together our favorite practical tips and tricks for keeping your multiple-dog home clean and organized.
Organizing Your Dog’s Stuff
With a bunch of pets in the house you not only have to worry about keeping track of your kids’ toys, but you also have your dog’s things to worry about as well. Here’s a list of tips for organizing and de-cluttering your dogs’ things:
- Go through your dogs’ toys and throw out anything that is broken as well as those toys that they no longer use – this will free up valuable storage space.
- Store your dogs’ toys in the location where they are most likely to use them – this saves you the hassle of having to drag toys from the living room into the laundry room for storage.
- Choose multi-purpose storage solutions. Use a storage ottoman to conceal dog toys or use a storage bench in the mud room to store your dogs’ outside toys so they are easy to access.
- Use a hanging shoe organizer with pockets to store your dogs’ shampoo, treats, and other items so they are up off the floor.
- Organize your dogs’ food by using a plastic or metal storage container with wheels. Rather than hauling a big bag around you can fill up the container and wheel it out when it’s feeding time.
- Collect all of your dogs’ paperwork such as medical history, vaccination records, and microchip numbers in your filing cabinet so they are all together and easy to find.
Keeping Your House Clean
When you have more than one dog, keeping the house clean may seem like an impossible task. As soon as you finish brushing or bathing one dog, another dog tracks mud all over the carpet or knocks over his basket of toys. Keep your house clean with these handy tips:
- Consider buying a robot vacuum. Robot vacuums are automatic and they can be a great tool for cleaning up dog hair without you having to vacuum the carpet yourself twice a day.
- Divide up dog-related chores among the members of your family to make them more manageable. Consider making a chore chart and rotate chores on a weekly basis.
- Keep your dogs’ food and water dishes on a large plastic tray with raised edges. This will help to contain spills and keep them from getting all over the floor.
- Place door mats at the inside and outside of every exterior door to help collect mud and dirt before your dogs track it all over the house.
- Keep a clean-up kit on hand (store it under the sink or in the laundry room) so you can tackle messes and accidents as soon as they happen. Include a bottle of pet stain remover, a scrub brush, rubber gloves, and a roll of paper towels in your kit.
If you’ve got more than one dog (or pets) in your home, how do you keep it clean? We want your tips, so leave them in the comment section below… because you can never have too much advice when it comes to housekeeping and pets!
Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor’s degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.
Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having received a Bachelor’s degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.