Can pets themselves be clutter? They add chores to your daily routine and they contribute virtually nothing to your living space, don’t they? Let’s get right down to it, they’re freeloaders plain and simple.
I know this is going to get me into hot water with pet lovers, but it is the truth. The thought occurred to me as I vacuumed all the cat hair off a flight of stairs in my home. Pets add clutter to your life. Whether it be their food dish and water bowl in the kitchen, the hair they leave around the house and on your clothing, the toys that you buy them, or the cat litter in the laundry room, pets clutter up your home on many levels.
I don’t consider myself a pet lover, but there are plenty of people out there that partake in the billion dollar industry of pet supplies. These “supplies” can include outfits, jewel encrusted leashes and collars, multiple baskets of toys scattered about the house, combs, brushes, beds, booties, gourmet food, scratch pads, more toys, gates, treats, car seats(!), and whatever else that’s out there. These products clutter up the home and do more for the pet owner than the pets themselves. Does a dog or cat really enjoy wearing those ridiculous outfits? If you are a pet lover, do yourself a favor and think before you buy.
Here are some tips:
- If you buy a new toy, throw an old one away.
- Clothing is for humans and cartoon animals only. (Yogi Bear had a cool hat.)
- Keep the pet’s feeding area in a inconspicuous place. Don’t worry, the pet will remember where it is.
- Keep all the pet’s non-day-to-day items in one spot. (eg. outdoor toys, carrier, leash, bath supplies)
- Brush your pet on a regular basis to remove dead hair and cut down on shedding that ends up all over your home.