How Do You Keep a Clean House with Dogs?

How Do You Keep a Clean House with Dogs?

Raise your hand if you have dogs! Raise your hand if you dream about having a clean house AND dogs!

We have FOUR doodle pups in our family, two of which live in my house full time. The other two visit when they can. That’s a lot of fluff!

Even though we love our dogs so much, a clean home is important to me. We’ve found a few tips to keep our house clean enough for us, so both the pups and people can be happy.

Here are some questions I’m often asked about dogs in our house!

How Do You Keep a Clean House with Dogs?

1. Do your dogs shed?

No, they don’t. I have no idea how to deal with a shedding dog as I’ve never had one, so I will say right off the bat I don’t have any info on dogs that shed.

But, our dogs’ fur flies like any creature does, so we definitely get fluffy white fur floating through the house!

2. So how do you deal with all of the fluff?

We brush our dogs often, and get them groomed every six weeks or so. We have a housekeeper (a robot vacuum!) that we love–she keeps up with the dog dust bunnies pretty well! You can find a post about ours here.

How Do You Keep a Clean House with Dogs?

3. Do you let your dogs on furniture?

Yes. They rule the house. That was not my original idea, but I lost that battle. :) It’s OK, we adore our pups and it’s worth it to us. They bring a lot of joy to our life.

4. Don’t your dogs get mud everywhere in the house?

No, not very often. I’ll explain below!

5. How do you keep the mud from tracking in on their feet?

We’re very diligent about keeping our outdoor area as clean and dry as possible. We put bark down on soil so they don’t walk through mud. We cover up any spots they are tempted to dig.

We also have large areas of hardscaping, like patio surfacing, leading up to our doors so they have more time to shake off the mud from their paws. We also wipe their paws in the winter if needed before they come inside, although we don’t seem to have to do that very often.

How Do You Keep a Clean House with Dogs?

6. But, don’t your floors and rugs get really dirty?

We have hard floor material, like wood and tile, that hide most of the dirt at first glance, but they are also easy to clean. Most of our rugs are indestructible, too. My favorites are the indoor / outdoor rugs, check out our rug shop! We definitely roll our rugs up when our dogs seem likely to barf or could be super muddy, just in case.

If we wanted a spotless house we’d have no kids or dogs, but we are OK with cleaning a little extra, as needed. We are also OK with accepting a little imperfection.

How Do You Keep a Clean House with Dogs?

7. What about dirt, wear and tear on your furniture?

Most of it is washable or easy enough to clean!

When I had a white sofa, it was slipcovered so we could wash it. In that house, our back door was right by the white sofa and we also had brand new puppies. We also had brand new landscaping! Our pups LOVED digging in that fresh soft soil!

Even so, that white sofa lasted for years with young kids and pups! There’s no more dirt on a white sofa than a dark one, but at least with the light slipcover you know to it’s time clean it.

Believe it or not, I would still get another slipcovered white sofa. But at that point in time, I decided to go with leather instead. You can read the white slipcovered sofa post and see our leather sofa here.

Right now the sofa we have has performance fabric, so it’s very easy to keep clean and the fabric is sturdy enough to hold up to the dogs. We keep sheets and washable blankets and pillow covers on the daybed.

We also have a lot of washable blankets around that we can toss over beds or furniture as needed to keep things cleaner.

How Do You Keep a Clean House with Dogs?


You guys, I forgot to mention this one earlier so I’m adding it in because I think it’s my biggest pet peeve. I clean the main windows our dogs put their noses on every single day. Fortunately there are only a couple windows I have to deal with and it takes me less than three minutes a day to keep up on it. I don’t like dog slime on windows :).

How Do You Keep a Clean House with Dogs?
Tell me about your pets! How do you keep your home clean with furry friends?

PS…for more of our pups, you can see them on Instagram at Doodles at Home or Jack the Inspired Goldendoodle. :)

The Inspired Room in The Cottage Journal

The Inspired Room in The Cottage Journal

Hey friends! Hope you had a nice weekend. I can hardly believe it but we actually had SNOW at our house yesterday. Not much, but enough that it dusted the ground, cars and rooftops.

Come on spring, enough with the cold and snow. Sun and spring flowers only. Thank you. 

I just wanted to let you know this fun news today–my house is in an eight page feature in the spring edition of The Cottage Journal! I’m so excited and honored to be included. I’ve always loved this magazine. There is a great article in it, too!

The Inspired Room in The Cottage Journal

I think this might actually be the first time Jack and Lily have appeared in a magazine, so of course they are quite proud (haha). When Better Homes & Gardens came out to photograph our last home many years ago, I hoped they would take a picture of Jack in our kitchen, but they didn’t seem to want to. I remember so many people messaged me to ask why Jack wasn’t in the magazine! HA! Poor Jack. They did photograph Lily, however. She was just a wee puppy back then. Sadly the photos with her didn’t make it to the magazine. I still keep hoping that someday those images will appear somewhere!

But, I’m so happy that the pups made it into The Cottage Journal.

The Inspired Room in The Cottage Journal

Anyway, I know many of you have mentioned seeing this issue of The Cottage Journal because you subscribe to the magazine, but if you aren’t a subscriber, you might want to look for the Spring issue in a store near you (someone said it might be at Costco). It can also be ordered online here.

I have some super fun projects in the works at my house that I can’t wait to share, plus I’m excited to mix in some housekeeping posts soon. :)

Have a great day!

The Inspired Room in The Cottage Journal