- Declutter – Have you ever heard the phrase A Tidy House = A Tidy Mind. Its true, and the same applies to your tack room. Do you walk in and feel overwhelmed and stressed out by the mess. Do you spend ages looking for things, have you had to buy new equipment because you couldn’t find what you needed. All these things are caused by clutter, and the good news is it’s easily resolved. Have a good clear out and focus on what you need to keep, not on what you are getting rid off. Once you have freed up space and got rid of clutter you will feel so much better.
- Organise – Everything has a place and everything in its place. Make sure you think out how to setup your tack room so it works for you. Put the things you use most often at chest height in an easy to reach space and seasonal things such as winter rugs and fly rugs can go in harder to reach places. Think about how you want the space to look, do you want to go for plastic boxes, baskets, bags or even a bespoke tack locker.
- Utilise wasted space – Its a well know fact that horse need a lot of equipment and most of it is large. Figuring out how to store all that equipment is difficult, especially on shared yards where you might only have a small amount of space in a shared tack room. A really good way to utilise the space is to go upwards and use the height of the room. Racking or built in lockers are a great way to do this. Just be sure to put the heavy stuff on the bottom for safety.
- Add a command center – This is system for organising all of your horses appointments, feeding, competitions and riding schedule. You can make one up from a whiteboard or chalkboard and set it up to suit you. It is an easy way to centralise and organise everything.
- Paint it – If you are on a livery yard make sure you get the yard owners permission first, but a lick of paint can really brighten up and smarten up a room. My personal favorite is black on the bottom half and white on the top half. The black covers dirt and scuff marks, whilst the white brightens and adds light. The split colours also help to make the room look taller and more spacious.
- Add pictures – Putting up photographs can really help to keep you motivated. Before and after photos or your competition photos can help to keep you on track and measure your progress.
- Add furnishings – If you have the space adding in things such as a table and chairs or a couch can make the tack room more comfortable and give you a place to socialise and hang out. You can also add finishing with cushions and throws for cold winter days.
If you have any suggestions for how to improve your tack room please share them with us.
The Tidy Tack Rooms Team