Before I dive-in to today’s cleaning adventure, I’m thrilled to announce that I have three amazing guest bloggers contributing to my Spring Clean Challenge this month! I really look up to these ladies for horsey input and blogging inspiration! Rebecca from Diary of the Overanxious Horse Owner is going to be doing a post on the first bath of the year with a little product review, Stephanie from Hand Gallop will be giving a how-to on sheath cleaning, and Beka from The Owls Approve is writing about disinfecting grooming tools for the spring! I cannot wait to introduce them to you and share what they have to say!
A long, long, time ago I did a post on trailer organization. My trailer stayed clean for about, oh, 30 seconds–apparently my enthusiasm to keep my trailer neat-and-tidy didn’t stick. Because it looks like this now…
and like this…
I’m really-truly-grateful to have my trailer. It’s nothing fancy, and the storage room is fairly small, but I love having the convenience of a horse trailer. I also love that I have my own little space in the midst of a boarding barn that is also home to many other people. I know I can keep things how I want them in my own trailer, and I always have a quiet place to count on. I’ve even been known to sneak away, drink a cup of coffee, and do my Bible study in my trailer’s tack room. Sshhhh! Don’t tell my family…
Except…except when it looks like this it’s not very calm and quiet, is it? In fact, the clutter makes my skin crawl. Here are all the things that need attention. What glares at me more than anything is that BARE MATTRESS. Ew. Skanky.
Even if your trailer’s storage space is small and (so is your budget), you can organize it into a highly usable and organized space. I lay awake at night dreaming about all those pricey trailer organizers you can buy online. They’re so pretty. In reality, you can do all that yourself! You just need to get creative!
First things first, I threw all the blankets out. They seem to take up the most space since they’re so bulky. I’m not a big blanket person, so each of my horses have only one heavy blanket, and additional neck covers for all the blizzards we get here in Oklahoma. Okay, so we’ve had one… But you never know! Hot Rod and Kona each have a monogrammed sheet, but I keep them mainly because they’re cute. Ha. Good thing they don’t take up that much room.
I struggle with how to store heavy blankets in the off-months. I’ve seen Pinterest ideas where you hang blankets from the ceiling, or store them in tubs. I loved the idea to use vacuum-sealed bags, but they were so big it just didn’t seem as magical as I had hoped. Plus I ripped the bag. So, that just didn’t work out. I decided to use the clear plastic bags Schneider’s sent me with my blanket purchases. I only had two, but they worked surprisingly well! Two heavy blankets could fit in a bag. And they were FREE!
By far my favorite DIY (and FREE!) trailer hack is the metal system on the wall. My dad made it for me a long time ago after I had this brilliant light-bulb moment while staring at some old fencing laying around. We cut a piece from an old metal fencing panel, heated up the ends with a torch to curve them into hooks, and then added some foam padding at the bottom so it wouldn’t scratch the wall. Looks kinda like one of those fancy online storage units, right!? Then I used old metal baskets that I found in the TRASH (FREE! AND DOUBLE POINTS FOR GOING THROUGH TRASH) and zip-tied them onto my metal frame. And…voila!
Everything else was pulled out of the trailer, evaluated, and then reorganized. I moved a set of shelves to the wall that were sitting on the floor where the new bagged blankets now live, moved the fans and the extra tarp into the barn, tidied up the giant cookie bag, and moved some extra tack to the rear tack area. I also added an old sheet to the mattress (FREE!), because that was nasty. My one regret was not taking the time to drag the vacuum out and get all the little hay bits and pieces off the floor. They’ll haunt me. But, it looks so much better! My little horsey getaway spot is ready for spring!