How To Keep Your Home Stylish (and Clean) with a Fur Baby
November 15, 2016
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Speaking first hand (as the mama of a one sweet pup and one very fat cat), keeping a home stylish and clean with pets can be SUCH a challenge. Because for me? The two go hand in hand. After 10 years with one fur baby and 6 with the other, I think I've finally got a good routine figured out to tackle the not-so-pretty that comes with having a pet. Get the tips below!
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If you can afford it (or you are moving into a new house like we did), go for hardwood! Seriously, such a lifesaver when it comes to the ease of vacuuming and getting all that hair up. You can always layer with pretty area rugs for a bit of fun, but I recommend keeping area rugs out of high traffic areas that your pets are using.
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Even still, if you've got hardwood—learn to love that vacuum folks. It comes with the territory of being a pet owner (if you want a clean house). We use our heavy duty pet-geared vacuum once a week for a deep cleaning and then supplement in between every 2-3 days with a smaller cordless vacuum that makes the task a little less daunting.
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I know it's hard, I know. But I highly suggest setting a no pets on the furniture rule. This really should be established right away, but if you've cracked at times (everyone needs a good fur baby snuggling on the couch every now and then), all hope is not lost. First things first, make sure you've got designated pet beds or areas just for them. Try our No-Sew DIY Pet Bed! I also LOVE this stylish striped one from Fresh American.
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Dinner time doesn't have to mean clanky metal bowls and slobbery messes on the floor. We traded our classic metal dishes that you find at a pet store for simple large white ceramic metal dishes. They won't rust and they just look a whole lot better. Place on a pretty, durable place mat if your pet is slobber-prone, and if you're finding things are still a mess—try bigger bowls to contain everything.
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Depending on your lifestyle and the activities you enjoy on a regular basis, you might find it helpful to have a pet grooming area. The laundry room is always a great area for this if you've got the space! Our pup doesn't get too messy, so we don't have a designated pet shower, but when we bring her to the beach a lot during the warmer months we make sure to rinse and dry her off pretty good before letting her back into the house.
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If you don't currently groom your pet on a regular basis, start! It makes SUCH a difference with the hair. We thought we could bathe and groom our dog on our own in the beginning but after bringing her to a professional groomer for the first time, we never looked back. We usually try to bring our pup every 4-6 weeks depending on the time of year. Your pet might need more or less depending on their coat, but I swear it really is life changing when it comes to hair control, and keeps them smelling so fresh all the time.
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