Pets are great. They add so much to our lives. They are the perfect way to teach children responsibility, they give unrequited love (at least dogs do), and they become like an additional family member. And just as you have a room for yourself and your children, so too must you ensure that your pet has their own area – a place where they can go to just chill out and be with themselves should they feel the need. Having a pet really is like having another child – only they usually listen better than the children…
You have many things to consider though when organizing your pet area. Do you want your pet area to be inside or outside the house? What will your pet area comprise – a resting/sleeping area or a larger area that also includes a play and eating area? Do you want the area to have natural light? Do you have the space to do what you want to do?
In a perfect world, you will be able to store your pet equipment together with or in close proximity to your pet area. The indoor space that most often doubles up as a pet area is the laundry. There is usually storage available and if not adding a few shelves for your pet shouldn’t be too difficult. If you have a trough in the laundry, then you can quickly and easily clean things should it be necessary. However, if you have insufficient storage indoors, you can always store your pet requirements outdoors.
An outdoor storage box is an excellent solution for all your pet’s needs. Made of sturdy, weather-proof plastic, this storage solution comes in various shapes, sizes, and colors to ensure that there is one to suit every purpose, outdoor color scheme, and space.
Another good tip when organizing your pet area is to only store what needs storing. Just like with our children, we tend to accumulate lots of knickknacks for our pets. Do an occasional stocktake and throw out what isn’t being used.
If you decide on an outdoor venue for your pet area, make sure there is shelter from the extremes of climate and try to make sure that it is within view of frequently used areas of the home so that your pet will still feel part of the family. The outdoor space that most often doubles up as a pet area is the garage. Make sure that your pet corner is clean and orderly.
Having pets adds so many things to your home. Treat them as one of the family and they will repay you many times over.