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The things we do for our pets…

Pets are not animals – They are family. That is certainly true of our little household at least! John and I are the proud parents/owners of a hound dog and two cats. Rocky is John’s loyal, separation-anxious-prone mutt that he got from the pound last year, and Luna and Ginny are my two crazy/wild/insane/cuddly kitties – Luna is all black and Ginny is a chestnut and honey-colored tabby. It’s never a dull day at our house, that’s for sure.

Here’s a quick an extensive photo album because I love these animals so much and can’t help but show them off…

Ohhhhh, how I adore them…

But the point is that we all (at least John and I do) make concessions for our pets – Case in point, today’s post.

So here’s the dilemma: John absolutely REFUSES to keep the closet door closed. I know some of you are probably like “Huh? What’s the big deal?”, but I guess this is just one of my (many) unexplainable pet peeves. I keep a fairly well-organized closet, but I still don’t have much interest in seeing all of my clothes on a daily basis.

Before I moved in with John, this wasn’t a big deal – But now that we coexist on a daily basis, I figured it was time to put my foot down. However, my cats decided to throw a major kink in things by taking up residence behind the hanging clothes – Apparently, there were some pretty epic hiding places in there. The proof is in the photo above where you can see them prowling near the doorway.

So closing the door became a thing of the past out of love for the kitties…

But seeing all of those clothes STILL irked me!!! So I came up with a solution. The new plan was to buy a few yards of pretty fabric, pick up some curtain ring clips and an extension rod from Target and cover that closet for good without barricading Luna and Ginny from their hiding place. When I mentioned all of this to my mom though, she suggested looking for an already-hemmed shower curtain instead – I was sold. Anything to avoid sewing, which I refuse to even attempt.

Off we went to Target where I came away with this little haul:

And five minutes later, we were in business! No, seriously. It was THAT easy! All I did was snap the curtain rings on (I pretty much used the shower curtain hook holes as a guide), strung them onto the extension rod and put it in place in the doorway.

Et voila!

And in case you’re wondering, yes, I have a sculpture of a naked woman on the dresser…A product of being an art major. I’m thinking about spray painting it white (surprise, surprise) to make it look like a Greek marble sculpture.

But I digress…

I was really happy when I found this shower curtain. I was definitely planning on settling on some plain waffle fabric shower curtain not expecting them to have something in our gray/yellow color scheme. But this silvery starburst pattern is kind of retro (which we love) and definitely goes with the rest of the room. Total score!

Oh, and here’s a view from the inside of the closet:

I THOUGHT about taking the door off the hinges, but it tucks away so nicely and I didn’t feel like bothering John with having to find a way to store this somewhere in his garage since that’s inevitably where it would have ended up. Besides, now I still have a way to hide from burglars (because that’s always an imminent threat of course).

And while we’re in here, I thought I’d share our closet logic!

This is John’s side – You can tell he’s a guy who doesn’t care how his clothes look…

And then we shift completely to my side which is color-coded…

…with shoes perfectly lined up in their own plastic boxes…

What can I say? I feel like I should be slightly embarrassed right now, but I love my clean organized half of the closet so I’m simply going to leave it at that!

If you see these photos and are all for it, let me just tell you that it’s SO easy to do. The shoe boxes came from Target for like a dollar a pop (they often go on clearance on the end caps) and my logic behind rainbow-fying my clothes is that if I’m feeling like a green day, I just head straight for that section and I’m set! Or if I start with a pair of shoes and want to match my shirt to it – Well you get the point. There’s a fine art to my outfit pairing, but I won’t bore you with that unless I’m asked.

My cats are happy. John’s happy. Carrie’s happy. Job accomplished:)

P.S. Happy birthday, John’s dad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • August 17, 2011 - 10:38 am

    Susan - My closet’s rainbow-fied as well – starts with cream, goes to white then through the colors till violet – then gray, black and brown are last. All with white hangers so it looks uniform. I’d never find ANYTHING if it weren’t color coordinated.ReplyCancel

    • August 17, 2011 - 10:41 am

      Carrie - Lol, thank god I’m not the only one =)ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2011 - 10:39 am

    Susan - (ps I do keep my closet door open, because since it’s clean, it makes the room look a bit larger.)ReplyCancel

  • August 29, 2011 - 3:38 pm

    Ainhoa - Your clothes and shoes are soo organized! You should come over and do mine, seriously. I’ve been meaning to organize it but have put it off with the excuse that I’d be buying a bunch of clothes while in Chicago (I mostly buy my clothes in the US, which is a bit crazy since I only go there once a year at most. But maybe that’s better, since I don’t spend a lot of money on clothes while at home!)
    Now that I’m back though, I can’t put it off much longer, so I have blocked two days next week (right after I hand in my thesis) to organize all of our closets, etc. – the only ones that are organized right now are the kitchen cabinets!ReplyCancel

    • August 29, 2011 - 4:44 pm

      Carrie - I’d love to! =) I WISH I could be that disciplined with clothes shopping…I go at least once a week =/ReplyCancel

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