Sometimes I look around my barn and wonder if I should just let the mice and raccoons take over… that’s usually when I decide to start cleaning. “Cleaning” So, I decided that maybe I should reorganize the barn. Mainly the tack room. Now everything has its place, and everything is in its place (for now). Can you relate? I had no idea where to begin. I have ALL KINDS OF STUFF but I had no idea how to let everything have a place. Here’s some ideas to organize your barn if you too, have no idea where to start.
MAKE A LIST OF WHAT YOU HAVE
If you can. It was a major struggle for me being that I have so much horse stuff! Most of which I probably need to sell. Even if you have stuff you don’t use, add it to your list anyways. Really. It needs a spot too. You might dedicate “stuff I don’t use” its own spot. Listing really helped me see what all I had and what I could group together.
RUBBERMAID TOTES REALLY ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND
I keep everything in Rubbermaid totes. Saddle pads have a tote, extra bits have a little tote, wet wipes have a tote, and even my first-aid kit is compiled into one 3-drawer Rubbermaid tote. I used those new handy dandy dry-erase labels to put on the totes where I can now easily read what is inside each bucket. My barn is very dusty so I must keep certain things covered. For example, my show saddle pads have their own tub so they (being white) don’t turn brown. Thick winter blankets are stored in tubs over the summer when they aren’t in use. If you have access to plastic shelves or cabinets they also work great in the take room to get all your stuff off the floor.
SADDLE STANDS AND BRIDLE HOOKS
If you have multiple saddles and bridles, hooks and saddle racks are a must. Each of my pampered ponies have a color, and they have an over-the-door hanger with multiple hooks that correspond to their color. On the hooks, I keep their martingales, breastplates, draw reins, bridles, and any other equipment that I use daily for that horse. I don’t have a separate saddle per horse, but I do have both a western and an english saddle that I keep in the barn. I have an upright standing three-saddle rack and it is great. It wasn’t the most inexpensive thing, but it was well-worth the investment. It has plenty of room and at the bottom there is even a drying rack which is useful after long, sweaty practices.
For when it is blanket season and blankets are, in fact, strewn EVERYWHERE. Or even when it is show season and you have ribbons lying EVERYWHERE. “Blanket racks” are actually multi-purpose utensils. During the show season, when I unpack most of the time my ribbons just get bunched together on a table. During blanketing season, after I take blankets off they are usually draped over stall doors, set on the nearest rack, or they claim my tack trunk space. Then I found the blanket rack. You can find it on SmartPak’s website by clicking the following link: https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/blanket-racks-4340 It is great, really. Mine is at home hanging on my tack room door, it perfectly holds whatever I need it to. I keep towels draped over one of the bars, coolers over another, and ribbons on parts of it. My favorite part about this rack is that I can easily take it down and pack it up when I head to shows.
Have any other organizing tips? Comment and let me know! I hope this gives you some ideas on how to organize your barn!
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