Saturday, June 13, 2020

Caturday Art

As I've mentioned once or twice this week, today we're sharing the last doodle in our current series of bookish doodles. This is certainly not the end of our bookish doodles. It's just the end of this newest series. I will never stop drawing books and cats.

Anyway. Today's doodle was actually inspired by my childhood bedroom. I had so many books as a kid (all of which I still have) that fitting them all into my bedroom was quite a feat. I happily grew up in a humble home, and when I was growing up my bedroom was roughly 8' x 10'. That fact never bothered me, except when it came to displaying and storing my massive book collection. My parents helped me gather and even build shelves that ultimately lined my walls all the way up to my ceiling. My dad even built me short but long shelves that fit on the wall above my door and closet. My favorite, though, was a suggestion my mom once made and one with which I ran. My mom once asked me if I'd like to replace the plain headboard above my bed with a bookshelf instead, obviously for extra book storage. I thought that was brilliant, and so for something like a decade I had a bookshelf filled with books for a headboard.


That's not exactly what my bedroom looked like as a kid, but that image was certainly inspired by my childhood bedroom. My childhood also did indeed include cats and dogs, all of whom often visited my bedroom and sat with me while I read. My furry childhood friends are all now angels and included of course my calico Rosie and her brother Sammy, as well as pups Banjo and Shellie. So, the shelves, books, and furbabies in this doodle were all inspired by my childhood.




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Tip of the Day

We made some comments today about trying to make things fit into small spaces. In line with that, we decided to make today's tip include some ideas on ways for storing pet supplies when space is tight. There are a variety of options, and these can all depend on the overall space you have, the layout of your home, and what kind of pet supplies you have to store. Regardless of the situation, we thought we'd throw some options out there in case they might give you some storage ideas.

Let's begin with an obvious one. You can of course start by dedicating one particular drawer or cabinet, or even one shelf in a closet, to just pet supplies. Whether you're needing to store away pet food, litter, medications, or other supplies, there might be a way to dedicate one specific storage space to them. Overall, keeping your furbaby's treats, medication, and other supplies out of their reach can often be the safest option for them.

Moving on to further ideas, there are pieces of furniture on the market that double as storage space. For example, there are footstools and even some coffee tables that can open and thereby store stuff. There are even some chairs, couches, and beds that either have drawers built in beneath them, or that have space for you to add drawers or storage containers under them. There's also simply the option of pouring food or litter into sealed containers that are able to stack. This can be especially useful in cases when food or litter comes in bags that might take up space without offering the ability to store other items on top of them or even beneath them. This type of option might also keep extra food and litter out of bags that your furbaby might be able to chew on, claw at, or otherwise break into.

Another option is using empty space on walls or even on doors. You can hang hooks on walls for leashes or toys, for example, or you can install hanging storage baskets or bins for a similar purpose. You can also get hooks that can hang over doors and thereby hang items like leashes on doors. There's even the option of hanging shelving systems, baskets, or other storage containers on doors. Again, there are products on the market that are specifically meant to hang from doors, often by offering a hook that can be suspended over the top of the door. These types of door-hanging storage systems might be good for storing pet treats, medications, toys, or even canned food, all while saving floor space and wall space. They can even be hung on the inside of closet doors, to keep items out of sight as well as out of your furbaby's reach. Another option could be to go for using shelves or stacking containers that more efficiently use space in areas such as closets and cabinets.

The above are all just random ideas for storing pet supplies, or even other household goods. There are many options out there, and your best solution will of course depend on a variety of factors. One of the most important considerations to make is ensuring that your kitty or pup cannot break into a storage space and get to spare food or treats, medications, and other items that they don't need access to, even if they are pet supplies.

12 comments:

Eastside Cats said...

As a kid, once I got my own bedroom, I had shelves installed and my books were now at arm's length! My family gave me books as gifts too.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

How cozy! I've always loved the look of book shelves built into a headboard.

World of Animals, Inc said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful doodle and lovely story from your childhood. This brought back a great memory of having lots of books and I always needed the Clifford the Big Red Dog newest book when they came out and many other animal books. Have a great rest of your weekend.
World of Animals

pilch92 said...

I love the drawing and your story with it. How sweet that you had so many books as a child. Great tips too.

Cathy Keisha said...

We have no room for anything in the condo. It always looks like we're moving with boxes all over. Pop isn't a carpenter and he doesn't like spending money on storage drawers. Sigh.

meowmeowmans said...

We love this doodle, and the story about how it was inspired from your childhood!

The J-Cats said...

Our Mummy also has lots and lots and lots of books. She can't remember where She used to store them when She was a child (even then, She had quite a lot). She thinks maybe Under The Bed (of course, that was before She had Cats - mol).

The Island Cats said...

What a fun doodle! You can never have too many books...or cats for that matter! ;)

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

Beautiful doodle ane with a heartwarming story to go with it!

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

The bedroom looked very cozy.

Little Binky and Granny said...

That doodle looks very warm and cozy😸Pawkisses for a Happy Week ahead🐾😽💞

messymimi said...

Wonderful doodle.

My book collection was also huge, and we had lots of pets. Don't know what i would do without them.