Yes, It Really is Possible…
I want to start by saying when we first got Dash, I knew that keeping a house clean with pets was going to be a challenge. Much like a child, Dash has his own mind and is happy to leave his toys out for him to come back to. Second to that, as a Border Collie, he’s a long-hair breed which I knew meant my sofa was going to need some additional TLC.
However, what I was not expecting was the constant cleaning that would be involved. Especially during the winter months, when it felt like we were constantly wiping his toe-beans and mopping floors. Thankfully, now that the weather is a little dryer, there’s less mud. However, there’s still a lot of dirt that comes in and a whole lot of housekeeping to do.
As you may have guessed, my house means a lot to me. And a tidy home certainly keeps my mind at ease. And though it is not constant, I’m happy to report that you can keep your house clean with pets. You’ve just got to adapt to some cheat ways and clever storage in order to do so.
So if you’re looking for ways to keep your home looking fabulous, here are my top tips for keeping your house clean with pets…
Invest in an Air Purifier.
I’ve found the best way to keep your home smelling fresh is to invest in an air purifier like this one. It helps keep your home free of dust and dander, ideal for that clean, fresh space. Investing in a stylish one also allows you to keep it concealed in a corner, without taking away from the overall look of your home.
Your Cordless Vaccum & Mop will be Your Best Friends.
I’m so glad that after our last hoover went we invested in this Vax hoover. It’s my favourite thing and is so easy to whip around your home. Plus, the pet feature means the suction really gets in there picking up the last bit of dirt in your home. The attachments also allow you to deep clean your sofa and other furnishings too.
Along with this, I would highly recommend investing in this mop too. It’s so easy to whip around your kitchen and utility room.
Find Decorative Boxes for Puppy Toys.
Dash loves his toys and for all of these things, I needed to invest in some form of a toy box. I found ours in Homesense and it works perfectly for us. Fits all his toys as well as works for my interior style. The key to puppy toy storage is lids. Whatever you do, make sure your box has a lid so little snoozers cant get into it.
Use a Crate.
I’m a believer in crate training for little doggies. Not only is it the quickest way to toilet train your puppy, but it’s also a great way to keep your home tidy. Dogs will never pee where they sleep so you’re guaranteed to minimise toilet accidents very quickly. Plus, it’s a small space to keep their bedding in one place, at least whilst they are a puppy.
To make sure your crate suits your interiors (more on this in a future post), invest in a decent, good-looking cover and bedding. I recently purchased this custom-made one from a local designer and I love it. It suits my home to a T.
Always have Old Towels & Lint Rollers on Hand.
This is so important for muddy paws and keeping clothes hair-free. Whenever we go on a walk, Dash’s paws always get a quick wipe down. These towels are currently dumped on top of our washing machine until we get started on the laundry/ utility room makeover.
Now I love a lint roller, something I’m using more of now that I’m a pet owner. I have two, one for clothes and one for my sofa. This little handy one is perfect for a quick once over before you sit down to relax.