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Adding shelves in unused closet space

I love this little trick for using that dead space in a closet! 

Next up, I needed to add a little something to one of the closet doors. MANY
of you have been wondering where we were going to put our litter boxes.
Shortly after we moved in I added a DIY “curtain” and
hid the kitty litter under the folding table
Folding counter with cat litter underneath

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We knew we’d have to move the litter and had two options. One was in the
basement storage room and one was still in this room, but in the closet
pictured above instead. We knew it would be much easier to keep up with
scooping if we had them closer to the main living area, so the mud room
closet it was! 

In order to do that, I needed to clean it out quite a bit. That’s why I
added the shelves along the side as well — I wanted that to become a spot
to keep ALL of the pet supplies. 

In order to move the litter boxes in here, we needed a way for the cats to
come and go. I found this adorable
cat shaped kitty door
and got to work installing it: 
White paneled solid core door

You definitely want to take the door down for this install. I did it in the
mud room — our doors are crazy heavy! (This is up on supports.) 

Measure for the center of the door at the bottom: 

Measuring for cat door

They make it easy! The cat door comes with a template to cut out and trace
onto the door: 

Installing interior cat door

My helper was there to assist like usual: 

Orange Colby cat
Cutting out cat door with jigsaw

It doesn’t need to be purrfect (I had to. Sorry.) because your cat door
will hide the cut. 

It went much quicker than I thought it would: 

Cutting out cat door

If you have a hollow core door this will be even easier to cut!

Then you just slide one side of the cat door on and then the back — they
have sticky pads that secure it to the door. Isn’t it the cutest thing

Cat shaped cat door

Look at the back!: 

Cat shaped cat hole in door

I just love it! We all kept walking in the room to look at it and giggle. 😂

I got an extra large size so the cats don’t have to crouch get into the
closet. I wanted it to be as easy as possible for them to come and go. 

The cat door is paintable so you can match it to whatever color you need!
It’s so cute I considered painting it a different color so it stands out:

Adding cat door to closet door

These “doors” are also a great option if you have dogs you want to keep out
of the litter! It’s only been a couple weeks but we are already LOVING this
new set up. So are the cats. 🙂

Now we have a dedicated spot for the pet supplies, litter, some cleaning
supplies and more: 

Mud room closet with cleaning supplies and cat litter
Double white doors with cat door

If you look closely you can see that I added clear contact paper along the wall behind the boxes. It goes down and covers the baseboards as well. It’s rare, but sometimes our cats “miss” when urinating and it goes out side of the box. This will prevent anything from getting on the wall or the baseboards. 

OH, and if you have cats the Litter Genie is awesome!! It’s so easy to use and super convenient when scooping. 

Here are some litter placement tips from this life-long kitty

  • If you move litter boxes, do it slowly. Some experts even recommend inches
    at a time. It helped that ours were staying in the same room. First I
    moved them across the room and they stayed there for about a week. Then I
    placed one in the closet, one out. Finally I placed both in the closet,
    first with one door open and then with both closed. Our cats took to the
    cat door and new spot VERY quickly. I think they really love having the
  • It is recommended to have one more litter box than you have cats. We’ve
    had up to three cats with just two boxes and they did fine. I think it’s
    most important to keep them clean. We do plan to add one more in the
    storage room so they have an option on another floor of the house. 
  • PLEASE don’t place their food or water next to the cat litter. Even if
    they don’t seem to mind it, it’s not sanitary. Their food should be away
    from the litter, preferably in a different room if possible.
  • Placement is hard sometimes — you’ll want the boxes where you can easily
    get to them, but no one wants to look at litter all day. Cats prefer to
    have their litter away from high traffic areas in the house, so balance
    that with a spot you’ll be able to access easily and often. 

More super cute cat door options I found!:

Where do you keep your litter? Any innovative ideas you’ve heard of? 

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