Pets can be charming, lovable, furry little additions to any family. Most people consider their pets to be just like any other member of the family and dedicate a space in their home, specifically for them.
But what happens when you live in a small space already? How can you give your furry friend the space they need while ensuring that your home doesn’t get buried in pet hair, dirt, and other unpleasant things your pet might bring in?
At Jiffy Self-Storage, we’ve compiled a helpful list of some great ways to make room for your pet — both new and old — if you’re living in a small space like a condo or apartment. Rest assured that with a little patience and effort, you won’t have to part ways with your pet, no matter where you live or how much space you have.
Clean, Clean, and Clean Some More
We can’t stress enough that proper and regular cleaning of your space — and your pet — can help ensure that your home never feels too cramped, dirty, or smelly. You will want to have a reliable and deep-cleaning vacuum on hand to clean up any accidents easily your pet might make and hair they may shed.
If you have a cat, clean the litter box regularly so that your home doesn’t accumulate bad odours. Also, bathe your pet regularly and clean its teeth so that it can be healthy and happy and not smelly. Feed your pet a high-quality diet so that it stays healthy and full of energy — just like you!
Choose the Right Breed
If you don’t already have a pet and are thinking of what to get, make sure you choose the right breed for your lifestyle and space. This will save a lot of trouble down the road. Consider adopting from an animal shelter, as all pets need love, attention, and a welcoming home. Remember to do your research and possibly get a pet that won’t shed a lot or is smaller and low maintenance so you can care for it easily.
Designate a Pet Space
You know what they say about keeping an organized home— make sure everything has its place. The same goes for your pet. Your pet will appreciate it and gravitate towards that space regularly. It could be as simple as making a cozy pet bed with cushions on your room’s floor.
Hide Litter Boxes and Bowls
If you are concerned with your home’s aesthetics and how your pet’s lifestyle will fit in, there are many products out there to help hide litter boxes, pet bowls, and blend play areas into regular home décor.
You may not even realize that you have unused spaces in your home that can be used for these purposes. If all else fails, you can build or create your own nook or furniture for these purposes.
Get Rid of Unnecessary Furniture
Another tiny condo hack to make the most of your space and include your pet is to do a walk-through and get rid of any furniture that is eating up space. This is your opportunity to practice minimalist living and to get rid of unused items. As well, you could possibly donate or sell them to others for some extra cash.
If you do decide to bring more furniture into your home, make sure that it is functional and includes storage and drawers for multiple uses. Be practical and intentional when designing your space and choosing what items to bring into your home.
If you want to bring a pet into your home and simply find that you don’t have enough space, you can use a storage facility to clear out some of the things you aren’t using. Putting old or unused items into offsite self-storage that you don’t want to get rid of just yet is a great way to save space in your home for the things that matter. It might even just be a matter of putting seasonal décor or items that you occasionally use away temporarily.
By using these tiny condo hacks, there’s no reason why both you and your pet can’t live in perfect harmony within a small space. Remember to get some fresh air daily and take your pet with you so that neither of you ever feel too cooped up at home. Once you get used to your living situation and make the proper adjustments, the two of you will be comfortable and cozy in no time!
For more clever ways to make room for your pet in your tiny condo, call Jiffy-Self Storage at 416-745-4339 or contact us here.