Life Hacks to Organizing and Cleaning Up Your Tack Room

Life Hacks to Organizing and Cleaning Up Your Tack Room

Let us face it, the tack room is one of those places that can easily become unorganized and cluttered. Horses are our passion and we love nothing more to amass more and more stuff to help fulfill our passion! The problem is all this stuff needs a place! Here are some tack room ideas:

Tack Room Storage Life Hack #1

Tack Room Storage Life Hack #1:

Store your show tack and show supplies in tack racks with zip cases. Keeps everything clean and together and travels from tack room to trailer to show tent and back with ease.

Tack Room Storage Life Hack #2

Tack Room Storage Life Hack #2:

Store everything you need to ride together on a rolling caddy. Wheel it out, tack up, wheel it away. Easy and efficient.

Tack Room Storage Life Hack #3

Tack Room Storage Life Hack #3:

Do not forget the ceiling! Gain space in the air. Hang hooks and racks from the ceiling to better utilize space. If you have a high ceiling, you can even put racks on a pully system to store seasonal items like blankets above your head and out of the way. Place items in storage bags to keep them clean!

Tack Room Storage Life Hack #4

Tack Room Storage Life Hack #4:

Think off the wall. Gain wall space with a tack rack that has multi-levels or a carousel. These types of racks utilize the air space in front of the wall for storage.

Tack Room Storage Life Hack #5

Tack Room Storage Life Hack #5:

Easily turn vertical wall space into vertical and horizontal storage with shelves. Hang utility wire shelving or choose a tack rack with a shelf and double your wall storage space.

Tack Room Storage Life Hack #6

Tack Room Storage Life Hack #6:

Use large plastic tubs with covers to store seasonal items or infrequently used items. Put the cover on to keep clean and dry.

Tack Room Storage Life Hack #7

Tack Room Storage Life Hack #7:

Think off the wall. If your tack room is large enough, get a high-quality utility shelf on large casters and place perpendicular to the wall for additional storage. Place it as a divider or even floating in the middle of the room. And since its on wheels you can easily move it if needed.

How to Organize your Tack Room Effectively

How to Organize your Tack Room Effectively

(Steps to take to declutter and organize)

Starting to tackle a tack room cleaning and organization job can be a bit daunting. We all know how much horse stuff we collect. But do not despair, follow these easy steps to an organized and clean tack room.

1. Purge - I know, I know... We need it ALL. But there tends to be a lot of things in our tack room we do not need... the old treats, old medicines, broken items we thought we would fix, and the gadgets we absolutely had to buy but never actually used. Sort these items into trash, recyclable and give-away/sell. Then remove them from your tack room.

2. Organize everything into usage frequency - How often do you use the item? Sort all items and place the items you use every day together. You should end up with two groups of items; one group of items you use daily/frequently and the other of items used infrequently.

3. Group by use - Now take the two piles and group everything by use. For instance, grooming, tacking up (include your personal needs as well like helmet, gloves, boots etc.), showing, bathing, braiding, first aid, etc.

4. Determine space to store - Frequently used items are best stored on walls, shelves or on hanging hooks. Remember, easy access also means it is easy to put back where it belongs. (If you have to open a trunk and remove saddle pads to grab your grooming tote I guarantee the grooming tote will end up on the floor next to the trunk or on the top of the trunk eventually). Items used infrequently can be placed in closed labeled containers, trunks etc.

5. Decide on how to store your groups of items - There are racks, hooks, totes and containers for EVERYTHING. Decide how to best store your items and find the best storage option for you. When you are considering your storage options also be sure to take into consideration the transport from tack room to wherever you tack up. The less trips the better! See below for more ideas!

Stable Ideas: De-Clutter your Stable with Tack & Grooming Organizers

Stable Ideas: De-Clutter your Stable with Tack & Grooming Organizers

There is a wide selection of products to help you de-clutter and organize your tack room and stable! Tack room storage has never been easier. Here are some tack racks and tack storage ideas:

Saddles: Store your saddles on the wall with as many single saddle racks as you need or opt for a saddle stand that fits in a corner or anywhere else in your tack room - saddles no longer have to be hung on the wall. Another option for storing your saddle is on a saddle caddy which allows you to roll your saddle (and other tack) straight from storage to where you tack your horse up, and back again!

Bridles & Headstalls: Traditional bridle racks allow you to hang one bridle or headstall per rack and you can arrange the racks however you’d like on your tack room wall. Another option is a bridle system that helps to organize and store many bridles together while taking up less space.

Grooming: Horse grooming supplies can be stored in totes, bags or racks, depending on what works best for you and your stable. Grooming totes and bags allow you to organize and store all your grooming equipment in one place and easily transport it from storage to grooming area. If you have the space in your aisle, grooming racks are available to hang outside your horse’s stall or in a wash rack to store and organize your brushes where you use them.

Rolling Carts: The all-around tack hauler, rolling carts or tack caddy, are designed to store and easily carry your saddle, bridle, grooming supplies and other equipment like horse boots, from your tack room to cross ties.

Helmets: Keep helmets clean and tidy in a bag on a shelf, in a helmet box or a multi-helmet storage holder mounted to wall. You can also store your riding gloves in your helmet in a helmet bag so they are always together.

Saddle Pads: Saddle pads benefit from proper storage to keep them in shape and dry. Keep saddle pads in top shape with a saddle pad rack, either single or multiple styles, mounted to the wall. Or utilize a traditional multi-blanket rack and hang your saddle pads over the bars. Save even more space by hanging it from the ceiling.

Get that collection of bits out of your old tack box and up on a wall with a bit rack (bet you didn’t even know you had all those bits).

Whips are one of the easiest pieces of equipment to lose. Get them out of buckets and off the floor with a whip rack mounted to the wall.