Cute Ways to Organize Pet Stuff

According to some calendars, today is National Pet Day. I’ll take any excuse to talk about my furry babies. If you’re a pet owner, I’m sure you feel the same way. So take this as an open invitation to share your pictures and stories with me. (I LOVE pet pics!)

Here are a couple of my faves of Rosie, our bunny, and Leo, our mini Goldendoodle. I promise I’ll get to the cute organizational tips here in a sec.

rosie at the office

Rosie was helping me with my writing one a rainy day. It was also right after Leo was neutered, so he had a cone on his head. That meant Rosie was free to roam our home. #happybunny

Leo with treats

This was taken after Leo passed his puppy training class. Note the treats sitting on his paws. He’s showing off his “wait” command. #goodpuppy

Okay, now for some ideas on how to organize all of the food, leashes, toys, treats and other pet-loving accoutrements we’ve collected…

Note: while most of these look like ideas for dogs, they could easily be adopted for cats – or bunnies!

grandinroad pet bin

This adorable piece of furniture holds food, bowls and a basket for toys. I also love the leash hook on the side. You can find this at Grandin Road for $300.

pullout food bowls

How clever is this? It’s a built-in drawer that pulls out to feed your pets. The cabinet directly above could hold bags of food and other supplies. If you have space in your kitchen or laundry room, this would be an awesome addition.

food station from desk

If you don’t have the space (or don’t want the commitment of a built-in) you could take an old dresser and turn it into a feeding station. You could also attach a hook on the side for leashes, like the first option!

pet bed plus organizer

What a great way to organize your pet supplies in an entryway or mudroom – and it even makes room for your best bud. This piece is from Pottery Barn for $400.

hideawaybed

Speaking of making room, check out this hideaway that sits inside of a cabinet. The door slides up and reveals a cozy nook for naps. And I love the giant baskets on the right for storage.

cupboard for pets

This has DIY written all over it. It’s just an old armoire that has been given a fresh coat of paint and a few hooks on the inside of the doors to organize all-things pet.

hanging organizer

If you don’t have space for a large piece of furniture, this is a handy over-the-door organizer for about $50 that you could hang in a laundry room, mudroom or the inside of a utility closet.

leash holder

If you just want to create a smart little “walking station” by the door, this is would be an easy project to try. It uses a wipe container for waste bags, and it’s attached to a piece of wood – along with a few hooks for leashes.

Those are just a few ideas I thought were simple, darling or just dang smart. Let me know how you organize all of your pet supplies! In the meantime, go love on those furry friends of yours. Today is an extra special day for them, you know!

-Kate

 

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Handmade Pet Gifts

Rosie ChristmasThis week’s shout out goes to Rosie, my pet rabbit. We boarded her at the vet while we were out of town last week for Thanksgiving, and I really missed that fuzzy little friend of mine. She’s always well cared for at Dr. Lyon’s. In fact, they give her a private room away from the cats and dogs when she stays there. She’s pretty much the most spoiled rabbit in all the land, but I still missed taking care of her and seeing her sweet face every day.

If you have a pet of any kind, I know you totally understand. Pets have a way of making room in your heart. They’re always ready to snuggle or just sit and chill after a hectic day. They quickly become part of your family. So when it comes time for Christmas, I like to include Miss Rosie on the gift list.

With that said, I recently found some cute DIY pet gifts. While I don’t have a cat or dog (yet), some of my friends and family do, so I have a few ideas in here for them. A happy pet makes a happy owner, you know.

Here are a few of my top picks:

 Rope Toy for Dogs

This project just requires a few clean dish towels. I love the simplicity of this idea. I’m going to make a few of these for our local shelter.

If you and your family are looking for ways to give back to your community, call your local shelter to see what they need. Food is usually welcomed, but sometimes they just need a few extra hands to help wash blankets and socialize with the animals.

Food Tin for Dogs or Cats

Food Tin

Source: Tidy Mom

This goodie is inspired by Ballard Designs. I’m thinking you could use acrylic paint and stencils if you didn’t want to go the route of vinyl stickers. If you’re feeling extra generous, go ahead and fill the tin with some food or treats before gifting.

Feather Toy for Cats

Feather Cat Toy

Source: Martha Stewart

This toy uses felt that’s cut to look like feathers, but you could easily use real feathers from a craft store. We had a neighbor cat that would come to play on our front porch every now and then, and I discovered that a feather is to cats as One Direction is to teenage girls. They. go. crazy.

Treat Box for Rabbits, Hamsters or Guinea Pigs

Bunny Treat Box

Source: Bunny Approved

Kleenex has some of the prettiest tissue boxes right now. I might use one of those as the base. The picture pretty much stops here. I’m going to kick it up a notch by filling the paper tubes with timothy hay and making it a full-on treat box. I’ll wrap the whole thing with tissue paper, secure it with a cute twine bow, and boom – it’ll be fit for any furry friend big or small.

Store-bought treats

If you don’t have time to make anything, not to fret. Check out Three Dog Bakery out of Kansas City for the most amazing treats for dogs – and cats! Any of their items would make perfect stocking stuffers or gifts. I mean, who could resist a cup of Beg Nog? Beg Nog LatteIf you want some bun-bun treats, look no further than the Busy Bunny. Rosie will be getting several of these willow “candy” canes in her stocking this year.CandyCane

Here’s hoping your furry friends have the merriest of Christmases and a hip hoppin’ new year!

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