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Pet Supply Organization

In this pet organization video I show you how to organize dog supplies, food, and toys for efficient and easy dog supply storage! And you also get to meet Mojo, my red toy poodle! 🙂

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Alejandra


Pet Organization

Hi everyone. I’m Alejandra from Alejandra.tv. In this video, I’m here with Mojo. Mojo is my red French toy poodle and I’m going to show you all of the different organizing systems I have set up for her around the house, so stuff in the kitchen, the stuff in the bathroom, stuff in the front entrance of the house. I’m going to take you around and show you how everything is organized.

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Organizing Pet Supplies

So this is the entrance way of our house. This is the front door. This is the garage door right here and so every time we take Mojo for a walk, we pass through this little hallway to get out the door and get her on her walk.

Whenever we take her for a walk, we always tell her we’re taking her for a walk and she starts getting all excited. She starts jumping and so when she gets all excited, I then know I need to get out the door as fast as we possibly can.

One of the things that I do to get out the door as fast as we possibly can is I have this wall organizer right here that contains everything we need to take her for a walk. So – and these drawers right here. This middle drawer is her and it has all of the little poopy bags that we take on the walk with her, when we take her.

Keep Leashes & Bags Organized and Easy To Access Near the Front Door

Keep Leashes & Bags Organized and Easy To Access Near the Front Door


What I do is I take all of them off the roll because we want to get out the door as fast as we can and I don’t want to take this whole roll. I rip them apart in advance. So I will just come here and rip them apart.

They’re kind of hard to get apart so that’s why I do them in advance. So I just come rip them apart and then they’re all just shoved inside of this drawer just like that. So every time we go for a walk, we come down here, open the drawer. We grab one and we go. It’s nice and fast and it’s easy and all of the refills, like all of the extra roles are kept in the coat closet which is the next system that I will show you.

Pet Organization

So those are just in here and then down here I just have all of these hooks for – like we put our keys here and stuff. We also put her leash here. So her leash just hangs out here. Obviously we grab that and then we will sometimes take a water bowl if we’re going in the car somewhere or if it’s a really hot day, we will just grab this with a bottle of water or something and then that just hangs up right there also.

I really love this wall organizer because it has extra drawers. Like in this one, this isn’t pet-related but we keep sunglasses and headphones in here and then my gym bag hangs out down here and then, like I said, our keys.

I got it from Pottery Barn like a year and a half ago. This color has been discontinued but they still have brown.

Anyway, all right, let me show you the next system which is the coat closet.

How to Organize Dog Sweaters & Accessories

So now we’re inside the coat closet right here and this is one of my favorite systems in the entire house because it’s easy to use. It’s easy to put things away and when things are easy, they get done and things stay organized and everyone is happy.

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So this is just a great system. So it has all the winter accessories and all of Mojo’s sweaters are in this bottom drawer right here, which is what I’m going to show you. So this drawer right here has – first thing is her cone. I’m not going to show you everything but just like high level things. Her cone for licking or if she gets surgery of some sort.

Her sweaters. So Mojo has four sweaters. She wears them all. Some of them are thicker than others and during the winter time, we will just hang one of them downstairs by the entryway hooks next to her leash. So when we take her for a walk, there’s a sweater right there, nice and easy to grab.

So the rest of them stay inside this drawer right here and then all of the extra bags for going on a walk stay here. So when it’s time to refill that drawer down there, you come to this drawer. Grab the extra bags. Bring them down. Refill the drawer. Put them back in here. Then there are some other accessories.

Now I’m looking in this drawer right now and I’m seeing things I know she doesn’t use, she doesn’t need, and I don’t know if she loves them or not, but we don’t use them. So now is a good time to pull out stuff that no longer serves us, Mojo and I. The point here isn’t really like a dog-specific tip but just a de-cluttering tip in general.

Whenever you come across something inside your house that no longer serves you, you don’t need it, use it, love it, immediately pull it out as opposed to waiting to schedule this entire weekend of de-cluttering your house which you might dread doing or procrastinate getting started. You can avoid having to do a big purge if you just do a little bit at a time as you come across things that you don’t use, need or love.

So as I’m in this drawer, I’m going to just pull out things that I know we don’t use. So these little bandannas that we get from the groomers, she itches to get them off. So we don’t put them on her.

These little booties, they don’t fit her. A ball that she chews and pulls the threads, we took away from her, can be gotten rid off…

Anyway, the point is when you find something you don’t use, immediately pull it out. All right. So now that we talked about this drawer, let’s go down to the basement and I’m going to show you two of her other systems that we use on a daily basis.

Organizing Dog Supplies for the Back Yard

So now we’re in the basement of the house and this is the backdoor and Mojo loves to go outside and play, come back inside, and so because she goes outside a lot using this door, I set up a station right here with all the things relating to her going outside and then back inside.

So this bench right here, on the top, we just have Ed and I’s shoes to go outside. A lot of times we go outside to grab her because she’s barking a lot and so we just put on our shoes right here. At the bottom, there are three baskets. So the first basket has all of the clean towels. So, when Mojo comes inside, we always wipe her paws with a towel to get the dirt off and stuff and so these are all the clean towels. All the towels that are currently in use are above me on three hooks. Once those towels get dirty, they go upstairs to the laundry. They get washed. They get dried. They get folded and then they go back inside this nice basket right here.

So these towels are actually old kitchen towels. Once towels in the kitchen get stained, get old, get raggedy, they make their way down to this basket. Because they’re still functional, they’re still – they can still be used, so they get repurposed here.

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So the second basket right here has more of the poopy bags for picking up in the backyard. So again, I do the same thing. I take everything off the rolls to make it really nice and easy to grab. So those go right there.

The third basket is empty and then the last thing here is to label the basket. So of course you can just look in the basket and say, “OK, that’s towels. That’s bags. That’s empty.” But I love labeling systems. I feel like it completes the system, but it also makes it really obvious where something goes and where to put something back.

So at the bottom of the shelf, I just wrote “paddie wipers”. This says “doodle bags” and then that is empty. Paddie wipers might not make sense to you but I love labeling in a way that is fun for our family that makes sense to us because it’s just a way, it’s just a place to get creative with whatever you’re organizing right there.

Pet Medical Record Organization

Then in terms of all of Mojo’s paperwork like vet records, breeder information and all that good stuff, this is – this is her file folder. It says “pet records”. It goes in the red section of my filing system, which if you’ve seen the video, red means permanent. It’s basically papers that you never throw out.

So what I keep inside is – I wrote myself a little list here. All right. So I keep shot records. I keep any kind of surgeries that have results on them. I keep her birth information and then I keep any important pet insurance information. What I don’t keep, I don’t keep the pet insurance policy because the policy can be accessed online and so it’s just unnecessary paper. It just makes the filing cabinet thicker. So that stuff is online.

I don’t keep any kind of discharge information. So if she gets a certain surgery or something where there’s instructions on what she can do in the next week or something, I will keep that piece of paper out like on the fridge or on my desk or something and then once those instructions are no longer relevant, then I just get rid of that paper. Yeah, and instructions for after-care, I don’t keep that.

So yes, that’s what I keep. Basically, if something can be accessed online, like any kind of policy – which I already said. But anything else that can be accessed online, I’m trying to err on the side of just accessing it online because the filing cabinet is already so full.

But I don’t do that for everything. It’s only certain things and let me just quickly explain it. There are certain things I don’t access very often. If it’s something that can be accessed online, but I access it often, I keep a hard copy because I’m a visual paper person, if that makes sense.

So at the very top of the folder, I binder clip it together because it’s a thicker folder and I feel like it fits nicer in the filing cabinet when it’s nice and together with the binder clip. All right. That’s a lot of information in one sentence.

So that’s all the systems down here in the basement. Now let’s head upstairs to the kitchen and I will show you where we keep all of our food and treats.

Storing Pet Food & Treats

So now we’re in the kitchen right here and so this cabinet right here is Mojo’s cabinet. It’s the cabinet all the way at the end of the kitchen right by her bowls. So this just has – this doesn’t have very much stuff. But her food is in here and I keep a scoop in there.

Storing Pet Food & Treats

Storing Pet Food & Treats


So we just open it. We scoop it out and put it into her bowl. So that stays right there and then right here inside of this, so this is that – in my DIY organizing video I did in the beginning of this year, I showed this box. This is just an old Clementine box that I painted. I put some ribbon around it and now it just holds all of her – like there are treats in here. Hey, Doodle!

There are treats. There’s all of the – what is this? The heartworm prevention things that we give her every month and then she has the flea and tick right here also. So we do that once a month.

She was crazy over these things and it’s actually time for her to have it. You want to have this, Doodle? You want to have this? You want to have this? OK. Sit, sit. She loves these things. We have the – before we got this kind, we had the – like the pill form and she like wasn’t really crazy over it and then now, these things, she just like loves.

There are treats and then the place where we get her food. They always have samples. So we like to try different foods every time they have samples for small dogs. So these just get thrown into here and then every time the big bag runs out, then we give her some samples if we don’t have another bigger bag.

Then all of her bones go in here and actually you can’t say the word “bone” because she knows the word “bone”. So I guess we will giver her a – so last time we gave her a bone, we gave her a bone last month. She tried to take the whole bag. So what I do is I take them out of the original packaging and then I put them into a plastic baggie right here because I feel like they stay fresher. They stayed more fresher, fresher, whatever the word is.

So then the refill, the big bag – I buy a big bag of her food. The big bag stays inside the pantry. So every time this gets low or it gets empty, I just take the big bag and I refill it into here.

So every once in a while, Mojo will get a stomachache in the middle of the night and her stomach will start gurgling and when that does happen, she loves to eat grass outside. So we don’t like for her to eat grass because she throws it up and it just makes her stomach – I guess it coats her stomach but she ends up throwing it up and I feel like she feels worse.

What we do is we give her rice or we give her pumpkin or we give her banana in the middle of the night and so when we don’t have – one of the things we like to keep on hand is rice. So I buy these minute rice containers because a lot of times it’s like 3:00 in the morning and you don’t want to spend 30 minutes making rice at 3:00 in the morning. So these are just – you pop in the microwave for a minute and then there’s rice. We give it to her and a lot of times, she feels better like instantly, like five minutes later. Her stomachache is a lot better.

So that stays back there. We always make sure we have those. There’s some wet food in there and really that’s everything inside this cabinet. So now let me show you the next system.

Now I’m in the family room and this is Mojo’s toy basket that just hangs out on the floor next to the sofa. So, all of her toys really do not stay in the basket. A lot of times, she pulls them out. She plays with them and then every couple of days, I will go around, put all the toys back in the basket. She will pull them back out and it’s the same cycle over and over. But they all live inside here.

Every once in a while, I will wash all of her toys and I just stick them in the washer on the delicate cycle and then I will just dry them in the dryer and they’re all perfectly fine, even the ones with the squeakers. They do fine in the dryer and I’ve never had anything like melt or come apart.

Pet Bath Supply Organization

I’m upstairs in the bathroom and this is where Mojo takes a bath, brushes her teeth, and then gets groomed. So I give her a bath inside of the Jacuzzi tub which is over here. You can’t see it right now. But I keep her shampoo, conditioner and then her cup for rinsing her inside of the hallway bathroom medicine cabinet.

After she’s done getting a bath, she then comes right here. This is the drying station slash toothbrushing station and I will just put a towel down right here. I just use regular bath towels, like the ones that we use. Put her down and then I dry her and then I brush her teeth. I keep all of her grooming stuff inside of this middle drawer right here.

I talked about this three-drawer organizer in my make-up video a couple of months ago. I just love this thing. It’s puttied down so it’s not going to move when you open the drawer or you close the drawer. It’s clear. So you can see everything inside without taking – without opening the drawer and stuff. Then I added these labels to categorize what’s inside. So there’s “daily”. There’s “Mojo” and then there’s stuff that we use on occasion and it works great.

Again, inside Mojo’s drawer, we just have her toothbrush, her toothpaste, her comb, scissors and then a little bag of ponytail holders which I’m actually going to set aside to get rid of because we don’t use them. Mojo hates having rubber bands in her ears and on her head and stuff.

So anyway, that is how I have organized and set up all the systems when it comes to organizing all the stuff for Mojo. I cannot tell you how efficient and how streamlined and how easy it is to access every single thing that I showed you today in this video. It’s just easy. It works. It flows and that’s the beauty of having systems, organizing systems inside your house. Life is just easier.

So I hope you found this video helpful. If this is your first time watching any of my videos, you can subscribe for more tips on getting organized or you can check out my website Alejandra.tv for more videos, more photos and other ways that you can learn to get more organized and stay organized. Thanks for watching and I will see you soon. Bye.

 

    Alejandra Costello
  • About Alejandra

    Over the past 9 years, organizing expert & certified life coach, Alejandra Costello has taught thousands of students in 132 countries how to get organized through her video-based training programs. Her YouTube videos have been viewed 85+ million times. Named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV and "The Decluttering Queen" by Good Morning America, Alejandra's expertise has been featured in The New York Times, Oprah, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman's Day, Parents Magazine, and CBS. You can read more about Alejandra here.

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