When Velcro was invented in 1948 by Swiss electrical engineer George de Mestral, neat freaks and organization lovers everywhere rejoiced. Little did Mr. de Mestral know that his new invention, based on the sticky cockle-burs of the Jura mountains in Switzerland, would become a favorite for household organization hacks. Here are 10 Velcro hacks that can make your RV living space more usable and organized too.
1. Creeping Cushions: Sliding dinette cushions driving you crazy? Attach a few strips of Velcro to the bottom of each dinette cushion and to the surface the cushion rests on. Make sure the strips line up so that they attach when the cushion is set back in place.
2. Don’t Even Sink About It!: Since countertop space is at a minimum in most RVs, store sink items on the inside of a cabinet door. Velcro a plastic dollar-store bin to the inside of a kitchen cabinet and load it up with your sponge, dish soap, dishwasher tablets, trash bag rolls, and more. Out of sight, out of mind.
3. Spice Savers: Spice bottles and salt/pepper shakers have a tendency to topple over. But with Velcro dots affixed to the bottom of the bottles/shakers and a corresponding Velcro strip to stick them to in the pantry or cupboard, they’ll stay standing tall through pot holes and curvy mountain roads.
4. A Hair Affair: If you’re like me, you have a lot of small hair ties and pins that need to be corralled. Spice tins Velcroed to the inside of a vanity door works great to hold these little items. Fill the tins with barrettes, pins, pony holders, and more to keep them tucked away neatly out of view (and out of the drain) until you need them.
5. Music to Your Ears: Do you like to sing in the shower? Bring your favorite tunes into the shower with you by attaching a shower speaker or waterproof stereo to the wall of your shower with sticky Velcro. Sing your heart out!
6. Flashlight Finder: For those middle-of-the-night trips to the campground bathroom or to scare away an annoying critter, have your flashlight handy. Velcro it above or next to the door so it’s always right there when you need it.
7. Pet Bowl Gripper: Do your pet bowls slide around on the floor of your RV? Does your little pooch nudge his bowls with his nose and send them flying? Use Velcro to keep them securely anchored to the floor. Show those bowls who’s boss!
8. Rug Keeper: Rugs beautify a kitchen and give it a warm, inviting feeling. But when they slip around and bunch up, they don’t look pretty and they can be hazardous. Attach Velcro strips or dots to the floor where you want your rug to stay firmly in place, and then attach the corresponding Velcro to the underside of the rug. Your rug won’t be going anywhere with these in place!
9. Cooler Storage: Use the underside of your cooler’s top to carry picnic essentials. Put napkins, silverware, condiment packets, and more in a zip-top baggie that has a Velcro strip attached to it. Put the corresponding Velcro strip on the underside of the cooler top. Stick the baggie to the inside of the cooler top and voila, you have a secured spot for these items. You’ll never be without ketchup again!
10. Roaming Remotes: Don’t lose your TV remote again! Attach Velcro to the back of all your remotes. Determine a good place for them to be stored, and stick the other half of the Velcro there. Now your remotes have a place of their own.