Can I let you guys in on a little secret?
I have really struggled recently with how much I want to share with the world. I’m a pretty open book. I’ve never been one to hold back, and I’ve shared my struggles, my insecurities, and my fears with my audience often.
That being said, I don’t necessarily like to highlight my personal weaknesses. Not because I don’t want people to know about them, but because I believe strongly in that you can turn your weaknesses into your strengths. Therefore, I work on myself … daily … privately, and once I feel like I have a grip on something, I share in a way that can hopefully provide value to others.
I say all of that to say, I struggle with cleanliness and tidiness. Like, I have severe OCD tendencies and I don’t say that lightly. I should probably write an entire post to go in depth with the matter, but let’s just say my space will never be tidy enough. Ever. There have been days where I have been on my hands and knees scrubbing floors and walls for hours; throwing things away like a mad woman; basically in tears because after all the work, I still wasn’t satisfied.
My husband says I’m legitimately crazy. I don’t disagree. Like I said, I’m working on it.
Naturally this obsession lead me to minimalism. I share my revelation in THIS video. It’s at this time that I started to really pay attention to what I was doing in my life; what I was wearing, where my attention and time was going; what was stressing me out … Basically I put all of my focus into simplifying EVERYTHING.
It didn’t take long for me to realize my dogs were contributing to my stress in a massive way. Hair on the floor, dirt on the walls, odors in the home. It wasn’t good. So like all things in my life, I recognized a problem, came up with a solution, and I executed.
Today my home is minimal, it’s clean, and it’s tidy. It’s not perfect, but it’s manageable. This doesn’t happen without work. I created a system of simple tasks that keeps the house in tact while managing to have three large breed dogs (aka the loves of my life) that spend at least 95% of their day indoors.
From left to right, Luna, Groot, and Phoenix
Watch the video below or continue scrolling to learn how I keep a clean, minimal home with pets.
Keeping a clean, minimal home with pets:
- Bathe and brush regularly – the frequency will depend on breed and lifestyle of your pet. Consult your vet to make sure you are using product that is beneficial and safe.
- Involve the entire family – a pet is a household responsibility. Give your children age appropriate pet related responsibilities and make sure each member of the household is contributing.
- Invest in a pet friendly or robotic vacuum – a robotic vacuum will not replace the need for sweeping, but it will cut down on frequency and help to lessen dust and pet dander.
- Place your pet on an appropriate diet – your pets food may be contributing to excess shedding and odor. Consult with your vet to make sure your pet is on the proper diet.
- Consider your furniture – certain materials will repel fur and odor.
- Have a designated rest area – place beds or crates in one area where your pet can escape to rest. This will help to contain messes to one area.
- Use a pet grooming mitt – if your pet does not enjoy being brushed, consider a mitt. The mitt imitates petting which feels more natural and calming to your pet.
- Place welcome mats at every entrance – this helps to collect dirt as your pets enter the house, helping to contain the mess to one area of the home.
- Stay up to date with flea medication – this will cut down on scratching which in turn will cut down on shedding.
- Consider a professional cleaning service – this person can help with maintenance and take care of tasks that you are not able to get to on a regular basis.
It may seem like a lot, but most of the items on this list are small things you can do daily that will make a huge impact.
The most important thing? Love the heck out of your pets! After all, there’s not a single person who will love you the way your pet does.
Enjoy! xo, tara