With all of the tools and tack that you have probably have tucked away in your barn, not to mention the animals, it can be hard to stay organized and keep track of everything you need. Luckily, it’s that time of the year for spring cleaning – the perfect reason for you to gather up all of that grooming supplies, clean out your feed containers and implement storage ideas that will keep all of your barn necessities neat and easily accessible.
Below, you will find several helpful tips and storage inspirations to help you get your barn organized and keep it that way!
Organize your grooming supplies
Animals need a lot of different grooming equipment and shampoos, so it’s easy for wash stalls to get disorganized, especially if your supplies have nowhere else to go but in the corner on the floor. Fortunately, there are a variety of different storage containers and hanging organizers that will keep everything you need stashed, secure and out of the way!
Over-the-door shoe racks can literally be hung anywhere and are perfect for keeping brushes stowed away and dry.
For storing a variety of items together, most hanging organizers feature several different sized compartments that are ideal for keeping things like combs, wash stall clips and shampoo bottles. Any hanging organizer should work, but this Classic Hanging Groom Case is one of our favorites! Made from nylon and mesh, dirt can easily escape while items are kept secure within an arm’s reach.
Some of your grooming materials can even double as storage! This grooming stool from South Texas Tack opens up to a large storage container, complete with a removable tray to house combs, brushes and other accessories you find yourself using on a regular basis.
Clean out feed bucketsFeed buckets should be maintained regularly so your animals’ food doesn’t spoil or get infested by pests. Take this as an opportunity to wash out these containers, and if they’re old and worn, toss them out and replace with brand new ones. Be sure that you are storing all of your feed in air tight containers.
Organize tools and tack
It’s easy to leave bridles and leads strewn about the barn if they don’t have a designated storage area. Make sure your riding materials don’t get trampled and are kept in pristine condition by hanging them on wall-mounted tack racks, like this one here. You can also choose to wall mount a hook for bulkier items like saddles or pick up this Standing Saddle Rack that you can fold away for easy storage when not in use.
Many people swear by peg boards as a huge space saver and organizer in their garage space, so there’s no reason why this idea can’t translate into a great addition for your barn space. Peg boards are highly customizable to fit any size space, and you can place metal hooks as you see fit to store tools, tack, riding helmets and more.
Use horseshoes as hooks for everything elseIf you’ve got more horseshoes than you know what to do with, put them to good use as hooks to easily hang leads or bridles immediately after a ride. These can be easily nailed into the wall and hung throughout the barn in areas where you need a little extra hanging space. Using horseshoes as hooks is not only useful, but also adds a nice decorative aesthetic.
How do you like to keep things in order inside your barn? Share your own tips in the comments below and be sure to check out the rest of our barn organization products at South Texas Tack!