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Sorry everyone for the unscheduled break last Saturday! Lainey was taking a much deserved vacation and I just plumb forgot what day it was (lazy days of summer will do that to ya)! Anyways…we are back on track and will do our best to stay on schedule.

Ryan and I are slowly getting settled into our new home and are taking our time turning this 99 year old house into our home! One important decision we had to make fairly quickly was where we were going to put CeCe’s litter box. You’d think with 3 stories and a basement that finding a spot would be easy, but we really only had 3 options: the tiny nook off the kitchen, the basement, and Ryan’s office.

Sorry cat, my bathtub is not an option!

Sorry cat, my bathtub is not an option!

The tiny nook off the kitchen idea was quickly nixed after we figured out we needed that space for storage of some appliances, the ziplock bags, broom, and alcohol (Ryan needed space for overflow). This nook was also the only good spot for Oscar’s food and water, leaving no spot for CeCe to do her business. Plus our cat is not the neatest and I really didn’t want cat litter all over the kitchen floor.

Ryan put the kibosh on the basement (and I agreed) since putting her stuff down there would likely mean we hardly saw her. We want all family members included in family time. Also the basement is a pretty far walk if one has to go while upstairs.

So this left his office, not Ryan’s favorite idea, which had precedence since it is where her spot was in the Waco house. He agreed but wanted to figure out a way to have the box out of sight and hopefully contained. My suggestion was to make the floor of his closet her own mini-bathroom.

The original closet doors were mirrored and Ryan hated them so we were going to have to replace them anyways. So why not modify the closet to fit both his t-shirts and jerseys and the cat’s private business?

We removed the doors and decided instead of having sliding doors that we could hang a flag in the doorway, kind of like a curtain. This solution was genius because it meant he could display a flag (and change it depending on his mood) without taking precious wall space (important in his office) and all we had to buy was a $3 tension rod from WalMart!

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Eventually, we will install a shelf separating the cat and human spaces so Ryan can still have a closet floor (and probably put an air freshener underneath), but so far this solution seems to be working for all involved!

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If the cat’s happy, everyone is happy!

Sometimes to make a 100-year old house (or any house really) work for your family’s particular needs you’ve got to think beyond the four walls in a room and make the space you have work for you.

~Emily