It’s time to tidy PET SUPPLIES! This is not a category in Marie Kondo’s “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” but as any pet owner will tell you, it accumulates just like human stuff does!
I’m including everything that we use to care for our pets in this category, and yes, there is some overlap to other categories. Because of that, I’ve already thought through and discarded some items. Everyone was a little concerned that I was about to go through their stuff. Here’s what’s on the list:
- Pet Beds and Blankets
- Scratching Posts
- Pet Stain Cleaners
- Grooming Supplies
- Litter Box/Related Supplies
- Pet Carriers/Travel Items
- Miscellaneous Items (For us, this includes an Exercise Pen and a set of Doggy Stairs)
That’s a lot of stuff. But like I said, some items overlapped with other categories and I already assessed those. Examples: Food/Treats (threw away old stuff on pantry day), Pet Stain Cleaners, and Litter Box Stuff (live in the Laundry room and are all being kept/used).
As for everything else, there was a good size pile of items to get rid of. There were also several sub-categories where I kept everything (like scratching posts since we only have two). I am going to try and take this stuff to a local animal shelter instead of Goodwill. Thankfully, everyone now seems happy with my decisions. Gosh, I love these little ladies!
While this post is dedicated to pet supplies, I wanted to briefly discuss two additional miscellaneous categories on my list that aren’t getting their own blogs.
One of them is listed in Marie Kondo’s books and she calls it “Things I kept just because”. It would include items like key chains or figurines. You’ll come across these things as you begin to go through your stuff, and most likely they’ll either get kept or discarded as you find them. When I came across stuff like this whilst tidying, I usually made a decision about it right then and there rather than putting it aside as part of this random category. I only kept three figurines that I found while tidying. Ironically, one is a dog, one is a cat and the other one was chewed up by our cats. “Pet Supplies” indeed.
Lastly, I added a category of Musical Instruments and Accessories since Husband has a lot of that stuff. He is considering selling some things and will go through those items at his own pace, so I will not be blogging about them here. But at least they are all currently stored in the same place! And organized! 🙂
And that brings me to the topic for next time: Sentimental Items. The final category.