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Home Living with Dogs Top Strategies to Keep Your Home Clean with Dogs: Toy Boxes & Treat Jars

Top Strategies to Keep Your Home Clean with Dogs: Toy Boxes & Treat Jars

by Dan Turner
Dan Turner

Maintaining a clean home with dogs can seem like a never-ending battle, but I’ve found some strategies that have turned the tide in my favor.

From muddy paws to endless fur, it’s all about staying one step ahead. I’ll share my top tips that make cohabitating with our furry friends a breeze, without sacrificing cleanliness.

I’ve learned it’s not just about cleaning more, but cleaning smarter. Whether you’re a new dog owner or a seasoned pet parent, these strategies will help you keep your home spotless. Let’s jump into the tricks that have saved my sanity and my sofa.

Establish a Regular Grooming Routine

As any dog owner knows, keeping a tidy house with a canine companion isn’t always a walk in the park. The key? And a big part of that strategy involves maintaining a regular grooming routine for your furry friend.

Grooming isn’t just about keeping your dog looking good—it’s about keeping them healthy, and your home clean. So, here’s how I’ve found success in intertwining grooming with maintaining a clean living space:

  • Brush Regularly: Depending on the breed, daily to weekly brushing can significantly reduce shedding around the house. Not only does this keep Fido’s coat healthy, but it also means less fur on your furniture and floors.
  • Nail Trims: Keeping those nails trimmed isn’t just good for your dog’s paw health; it also protects your floors and furniture from scratches.
  • Bath Time: Regular baths help keep your dog’s coat clean and reduce the amount of dirt and allergens they bring into your house. But remember, over-bathing can strip their coat of natural oils, so find a balance that works for your pet.

Here’s a fun fact: Did you know that a well-groomed dog is less likely to bring in external pests into your home? Yep, regular grooming sessions also mean you’re checking and preventing fleas and ticks, which is a win-win for everyone.

Maintaining a regular grooming schedule does require some effort and time, but the payoff is immense. Not only does it contribute to your dog’s overall health and happiness, but it also plays a crucial role in keeping your home clean.

For me, setting reminders on my phone and keeping all my grooming supplies in one accessible spot have been game-changers. That way, when it’s time for a brush or a bath, everything I need is right at hand—making the process smoother and less of a chore.

Adopting these habits has not only brought me closer to my dog but also made our living environment more pleasant. It’s a part of our routine that we both enjoy—a time for bonding, care, and lots of treats. And honestly, seeing how happy and comfortable my dog is after a good grooming session makes it all worth it.

Invest in Washable Pet-Friendly Furniture

When I first welcomed my furry friend into my home, I quickly learned that my chic, albeit not-so-practical, decor was no match for my energetic pup. The realization hit me: investing in washable pet-friendly furniture wasn’t just a good idea; it was essential.

Here’s the scoop on making that transition:

  • Durability is key. Furniture covered in durable, washable fabrics becomes a fortress against mud, slobber, and the occasional “oops” moments that are all too familiar for dog owners.
  • Easy to clean means easy to love. Opting for furniture that allows for easy removal of covers means I can toss them in the wash, making upkeep a breeze and always ready for surprise visits from friends – both human and canine.

The market has evolved, and now there are plenty of options that marry aesthetics with practicality. From sleek, modern designs to cozy, traditional looks, finding pieces that reflect my style while standing up to the rigors of pet ownership is no longer a challenging job.

And here’s a pro tip: look for furniture with zippered covers for ease of removal and choose materials known for their durability, like microfiber or canvas. These materials not only stand up to wear and tear but also help in keeping pet hair to a minimum.

Beyond the practical aspects, this transition has had a surprising impact on my relationship with my dog. Without the constant worry of pet-induced damage, I’m free to enjoy snuggles on the couch without a second thought. It’s fostered a more relaxed, stress-free environment for both of us.

So, if you’re on the fence about making the switch to pet-friendly furniture, let me just say, it’s well worth the investment. Not only does it make maintaining a clean home easier, but it also enhances the quality of time spent with our furry companions.

Implement a No-Paws-on-Furniture Rule

In my journey through pet ownership, I’ve realized a simple truth: keeping my furry friend off the furniture isn’t just about maintaining a clean home; it’s about creating a space that’s ours, yet distinctly theirs. You see, when I first adopted Max, my lovable, yet incredibly shed-prone Golden Retriever, I was naive. I thought, “What harm could a little cuddle on the couch do?” I soon learned that ‘little cuddles’ translated into massive amounts of hair, mystery stains, and the occasional what-was-this-even smudge.

The turning point came when I decided to carry out a no-paws-on-furniture rule. It sounded daunting, sure, but the benefits were too significant to ignore. Here’s the breakdown:

  • A significant reduction in pet hair on upholstery.
  • Fewer mystery stains to tackle during my cleaning spree.
  • An overall cleaner and fresher living environment.

Max wasn’t thrilled at first, of course. The transition involved a bit of training, patience, and clever strategizing, but it was worth it. First, I invested in a couple of cozy, plush dog beds and placed them in his favorite lounging spots around the house. It was essential to make him feel like he was upgrading, not losing out. Then, I used positive reinforcement to make him love his new spots. Every time he chose his bed over the sofa, he got a treat.

Here’s the unexpected perk: setting boundaries for Max actually brought us closer. It might sound funny, but establishing these rules clarified my role as the pack leader. Max respects those boundaries, and in turn, I’ve gained a newfound respect for his incredible adaptability and eagerness to please.

So, what’s the lesson here? Implementing a no-paws-on-furniture rule isn’t just about keeping your home clean. It’s about setting healthy boundaries that respect both your space and your furry friend’s well-being. And trust me, they’ll adapt quicker than you’d think, leaving you both happier in the long run.

Use Indoor and Outdoor Cleaning Stations

Having a dog means embracing a bit of mess, but that doesn’t mean my home has to show it. To keep things tidy, I’ve found that setting up cleaning stations both inside and outside the door works wonders. Let’s jump into how these stations make a difference and how you can set them up in your own home.

Indoor Cleaning Stations are my first line of defense. Positioned right by the door, they’re a godsend for quick clean-ups after a romp in the yard. Here’s what mine includes:

  • A heavy-duty doormat for initial paw wipes.
  • A stack of microfiber towels for more thorough drying and dirt removal.
  • A designated “dirty paw” water bowl for a quick dip before towel drying.
  • A container of dog-safe wipes for a final once-over, especially useful on rainy days.

I’ve trained my Golden Retriever, Max, to wait at the station before fully entering the house. It took some treats and patience, but now it’s a habit that saves me hours of cleaning each week.

Outdoor Cleaning Stations serve as the first stop for Max when we return from walks or playtime outside. I’ve kept it simple yet effective:

  • A water hose or bucket for rinsing off muddy paws and underbellies.
  • A coarse-bristle brush for dislodging dried dirt and debris.
  • An outdoor towel for a preliminary dry off.

By tackling the bulk of the mess outdoors, I significantly reduce the amount of dirt that gets tracked inside. Plus, Max seems to enjoy his mini spa sessions before coming in.

Implementing these cleaning stations has been a game changer for maintaining a clean home. Not only has it reduced the amount of dirt that gets spread around, but it also helps in keeping my furniture and carpets in pristine condition. It’s a straightforward strategy that any dog owner can adopt. With a bit of training and consistency, it becomes a seamlessly integrated part of your routine, ensuring that having a clean home and a happy dog are not mutually exclusive.

Keep Chew Toys and Treats in Designated Areas

Having a dog means dealing with a myriad of accessories that become part of your home decor, whether you like it or not. Chew toys and treats, in particular, can spread like wildfire throughout your living space if you’re not careful. To keep my house from turning into a doggy playground, I’ve learned the importance of storing these items in designated areas.

When my dog first came into my life, I was thrilled. It wasn’t long before I realized that his toys and treats were slowly taking over every inch of my living space. It started with just a few rubber bones under the couch, but soon enough, every room had become a storage space for his chewable delights.

Here’s what I did:

  • Create Specific Toy Boxes: Just like kids, dogs can learn where their toys belong. I got a couple of stylish boxes that blended well with my decor and placed them in the corners of my living room and den. It took some training, but now my furry friend knows exactly where to find his toys.
  • Treat Jars: I used to keep the dog treats in whatever cupboard had space, but that lead to treats being scattered everywhere, from the kitchen to the living room tables. I decided to get a couple of cute, dog-themed jars and placed them on a specific shelf. Not only has it made treat time easier, but it also adds a quirky touch to my decor.
  • Rotate Toys Regularly: Dogs, much like humans, can get bored if they see the same toys every day. I’ve found that by rotating his toys every few weeks, he stays engaged and is less likely to drag everything out at once. This also helps keep the mess to a minimum, as there are fewer toys out at any given time.

Implementing these simple strategies has significantly reduced the clutter in my home. I’ve noticed it’s much easier to keep the place tidy, and my dog seems happier too, knowing where to find his favorite chewies and toys. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone—a cleaner home and a happy pet. No longer do I find chew toys under my feet at every turn, and the treat jars have become a talking point for guests. In a way, integrating dog accessories into my home’s decor has made the space more personal and, dare I say, more fun.


Keeping a home clean with dogs doesn’t have to be a challenging job. By finding creative and practical ways to manage their accessories, I’ve seen a noticeable difference in the tidiness of my space. It’s all about striking the right balance between functionality and style. So, let’s embrace the joy our furry friends bring without compromising on cleanliness. After all, it’s the little changes that make a big difference in our daily lives.


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