One upside to the pandemic was that across America, animal shelters reported huge upticks in foster applications as people saught out a friend to ride out the COVID-19 crisis with. Many who couldn't have a pet before are using this time at home to take care of animals in need of some love and care. Not to mention, more Millennials are buying homes these days not because of kids, but because they want more room and backyards for their dogs. And those of us with pets are getting a whole lot more quality time with these funny, furry creatures. But just because there are animals in the house, that doesn't mean you can't have a nice place that's clean, organized and smelling fresh. Whether you're taking care of your first puppy or the proud parents of several dogs or cats, here are six tried-and-true tips to make cohabitating with your pet more manageable.