Keeping your barn clean and organized is the best way to make sure your tack and equipment is in good, working order & of course, saves you some time! Everyone appreciates a tidy tack room and neatly swept barn aisle, but there are more ways you can organize around your barn. With the fall season in full force, it’s the perfect time to spruce up your space and re-organize your area!
Here are ten easy ways to get you started:
Wall Tool Organizer
It doesn’t matter if you are using a fancy wall system, pegboard or a DIY project with PVC pipe—keeping all your tools organized will definitely save you time and it’s simple! Try creating a label for each tool space—that way they’ve always got a spot on the way, no matter who borrows them.
- Bridle Racks
As we all know, tack is expensive. Anything we can do to make it last longer and look amazing is worth the investment. Try out bridle holders or save your old tuna cans to create bridle hooks so you’re not tripping over reins. This will also help hold the shape of your bridle’s crownpiece. Neatly wrap and tuck the reins after each use. You can also label each bridle rack with the horse’s name too.
Files for information and records on each of your horses, is vital in case of an emergency or for keeping track of your horse’s health. A filing tote is simple! You can use different colored binders for each individual horse with their name, picture, and information on the cover. Your vet will thank you later!
- Saddle Pad Rack
Few things are as irritating as tripping over your stack of saddle pads. By hanging your saddle pads on a rack, they will dry faster and you won’t have to worry about creepy crawlers making nests in them. There are lots of options for hanging saddle pads from tack racks to bathroom towel holders. Save your pads and your sanity!
Nothing will help you more with your daily organization and “to-do” list than a whiteboard! Farrier and staff can leave notes, as well as friends and boarders. It’s a great one-stop spot for all the barn news. Some whiteboards even come with corkboards and calendar options for even more organizational function.
- Velcro Boot Holder
It’s so ingenious! Attach large strips of Velcro to a flat surface (like the side of a shelf or the tack room wall) and you instantly have storage or all your leg boots. Perfect for drying or grabbing the set you need in a flash.
Blanket Storage and more
Plastic totes (of any size) are an equestrian’s best friend in the barn. From storing extra bridle parts to packing away stable blankets, totes have a million uses around the barn. If you are packing away blankets, make sure they are clean and thoroughly dry before putting them in a tote. For larger barns, store blankets by size and label each bin accordingly. It’s also a great idea to store have a first-aid kit for horses and humans on hand. Well-labeled plastic totes make an ideal medicine cabinet too!
- Hose Holders
Hoses are easier to use if they are not in tangles and they are coil if you have a hose holder. You can find hose holders at any garden or department store. Or you can DIY with a plastic or galvanized bucket turned on it’s side and attached to a wall. You have an instant shelf and hose holder in one at a fraction of the cost!
It might sound simple, but a grooming tote is worth the investment! They can easily hold all your brushes and grooming knick-knacks all in one convenient place. But did you know that they are also a great way to store all your shampoos and bathing supplies? Or how about all those fly spray and ointment bottles? Try the Noble Outfitters™ EquinEssential tote—it’s the best in town.
10. Add More Shelving
Adding shelving around the barn, in your tack room or in the feed room will give you extra space to stay organized. Store-bought shelving can be expensive but recycling pallets is inexpensive and they have a great rustic farm appeal. They come in different sizes and the DIY shelving options are practically limitless. So, if you don’t have space to get organized, make some!
Hopefully these easy tips will help you get organized and stay organized around the barn! Organizing your barn will give you more time to play with your horses and will save you money on replacing expensive equipment. Share your favorite tips below!