February 2021 Use It Up Challenge – Pet Supplies

Gather your leashes, cat trees, bedding, and treats. It’s time for the February 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month is for all the pet owners out there, as we focus on pet supplies. As pet owners, we tend to want to buy our pets all of the treats, beds, and goodies that will provide them with everything they need while showing them how much they are loved. While there is nothing wrong with this, eventually you may find your cupboards and drawers filling with pet supplies that your pet never touches. However, by joining in on this month’s challenge, we will work to change that, using up those forgotten about toys and treats while ensuring that the unnecessary clutter is removed, leaving you and your pets happy.

The previous category this year covered was kitchen items.

In the first year of this challenge, we have tackled notebooks, candles, cleaning supplies, craft supplies, clothes, bath items, books, food, toys, games, sentimental items, and holiday decorations. Feel free to go back to a previous month’s challenge to ensure that you are giving your home a solid decluttering.

February 2021 Use It Up Challenge

What is the Use It Up Challenge?

This is a monthly decluttering challenge that focuses on using the items instead of simply getting rid of them. This helps to reduce waste and also gets your money worth out of those items. Each month, a new category is chosen and we will focus on that category all month long. However, you don’t have to stop once that month ends. Keep decluttering and using up those items all year long. It will have a huge impact on your home and life at the end of the year.

If you are joining in, be sure to share your progress on social media using #IHUseItUp. I’d love to see how everyone is getting along with the challenge.

Where to start

This is the relatively easy part. Start by finding all of your pet’s items. Bedding, toys, treats, specialty items, protective gear, and cages. Anything you own for your pet, pull it out and create a big pile. Depending on how many pets you own, and which species, this may take some time.

Once you have everything out in the open, divide it into piles per species or by pet. This will give you a good idea of what each of your pets has. Depending on how spoiled your pet is, this pile may be small or quite large.

How to use them up

You likely already know which toys and treats your pets prefer. So start by putting those back where they belong. Your pet is likely hanging around seeing what you are up to, especially if it’s a dog or cat, so be sure to give them a treat while you sort through their items.

It will be up to your to determine how many beds, toys, and other items you keep for your pet. Use the month to see which of these items your pet has an interest in. If you try to play with certain toys with your dog or cat and they show no interest in them, then it will be worth getting rid of those.

While you are at it. Keep an eye out for any item that is worn or broken. These will need to be fixed if it’s possible to fix them, or tossed. Also, look out for expired food, treats, and medication.

Once you have decided which items to keep, find a place to store those that are not in constant use. This will help keep these supplies organized and reduce clutter.

Any items you no longer need and are in good shape can often be donated to an animal shelter, as they are often looking for items. Otherwise, ask your fellow pet owners if they need any of the items.

Tip: While you are busy this month sorting and decluttering your pet supplies, consider spoiling your pet with something special. These peanut butter dog treats are fantastic. For the warmer months, make them some frozen dog treats.

What I will be using up

We have two pets in our home, a betta fish and our dog, Penny. The fish only has a couple of items. Food, a small tank, a bag of rocks, two decorations, and a water cleaning solution. I know we use all of these, so those items will be kept and used as needed.

For Penny, we also keep minimal items. She has her food, two beds – one on each floor of the house, some treats, a brush, nail trimmers, a kong, a rope toy, and her winter boots, along with her leash and collar. She also has a toothbrush and some toothpaste. Lastly, we keep a spare leash and a collapsable bowl in our vehicle for when we take her on drives. Like the fish, these items are all ones we regularly use, with the exception of the winter boots, they are only used a few times a year but are very important to have. I will be working on using up her current tube of toothpaste, as it’s getting old and I have been slacking on keeping up with cleaning her teeth. She gets a treat every day, usually after our walk.

So, not much will change with the supplies we have, because we already have very little on hand.

Will you be joining the February 2021 Use It Up Challenge? What pet supplies will you be working on using up this month?

18 Comments

  1. How funny, I literally went through all our cat treats/litter/toys cupboard at the weekend and got rid of a huge pile of stuff. A lot was out of date, or played with beyond saving, but we did find a few toys that were still OK for our newest youngest rescue cat 🙂

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      That’s great that you were able to clear out a bunch of cat stuff. It’s so easy for that stuff to pile up without us noticing it.

  2. I love these use it up challenges and have been trying to do them myself with various items. Thank you for sharing this!

    Tash – A Girl with a View

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      Thank you. I hope they are proving helpful in decluttering your items.

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      I’m glad to hear that. Taking decluttering a little bit at a time is a great way to do it.

  3. Once again, you have offered a terrific idea! We no longer have a dog, but if we did, these ideas would definitely be useful. Thank you for all of your use-it-up challenges.

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      Thank you. I’m glad you have been enjoying the use it up challenges.

  4. These are great ideas for pet owners. This could also be applied to other things that we want to use up.

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      Thank you. Oh, it could absolutely be applied to other categories.

  5. I love the concept of a declutter challenge! It’s so easy to suddenly be overwhelmed by “stuff” and being intentional about using or getting rid of things is so important! Thanks so much for posting this!

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      Thank you. Stuff piles up so easily for most people, but that is what inspired me to make these monthly challenges.

  6. It’s surprising how many things we own for our pets. Our dog is spoiled with two beds and plenty of blankets along with all the essentials. He has a few chew toys that can probably go– very loved. Looking around, I realize we have a lot of things for our guinea pig. We used to have two and I’ve held on to the extras which we don’t need. I should rehome some items. Thanks for the pet supplies challenge!

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      We all want to spoil our pets, and there is nothing wrong with that, but it can certainly lead to quite a bit of pet clutter. Good luck getting rid of those extra guinea pig supplies, I’m sure someone out there would appreciate them.

  7. Great tips! The biggest thing for us is to take the time to go through their toy bin at least once a year. After we pull out the toys they haven’t touched and those that are needing to be disposed of due to wear and tear, it really does cut down on what’s there (and gives us more room to give them new options moving forward lol)

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      Thank you. Going through things regularly will certainly help cut down on clutter, so it’s great you already work on that on a yearly basis. Nothing wrong with replacing what you get rid of, especially as pets often appreciate new things to play with.

  8. This is such a great challenge idea! Thanks so much for sharing it!

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      Thank you. I hope it proves to be useful.

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