If you’re like a lot of RVers, you deal with unnecessary clutter when you’re camping. Dishes pile up on the counter, hair ties lay in the bathroom sink, clothes collect in piles on the beds or floors. You don’t have to live like this! Tweak your RV’s storage space and create extra organization solutions. With a little creativity and some everyday products, you can instantly de-clutter your RV and reduce the frustrating disorganization that plagues most RVers. Here are 12 tips to get you going in the right direction:
- Plastic grocery bags come in handy for collecting trash or cleaning up after your furry friend at your campsite. But they can easily pile up in your pantry or get kicked around on the floor of your RV, creating an annoying and unsightly mess. To corral them, get an old disinfecting wipe container and stuff them inside. Put the lid back on and pull them through the opening one at a time when needed. Decorate the container with pretty paper if desired.
- Your kitchen at home probably has enough countertop or pantry space so that you can easily store your noodles, snacks, coffee grounds, baking supplies, and more with ease. But your RV’s kitchen is a different story with its minimal countertops and small pantry. Well, things are looking up, literally. Look up underneath the outside of your cabinets and you’ll find a great place to affix Mason jars to hold all these things. You can either use heavy duty glue or a screw to attach the top of the jar to the cabinet. Then fill the Mason jars with the contents and screw the jar onto the top. Voila! Quick and easy access!
- Suspend wire shelves from the ceiling over the sink area to create another level of storage. This space goes completely unused otherwise and is a great place to set dishes when they’re drying (with a towel under them), pots and pans that get used daily, coffee mugs, etc. If you plan to leave items on the shelf (and not just use it for drying), you might want to lay down a piece of non-slip padding to help hold things in place. And when you’re packing up and getting ready to leave, find a new home for things on this shelf, as they will not be able to stay put once you head down the road.
- Use a small plastic caddy with suction cups to hold little things that can slide around and get lost easily, such as chap-stick, sunglasses, pens/pencils, gift cards, playing cards, a handy Water Bandit, and more. Stick it to an interior window where it won’t get bumped or knocked down.
- Bedside wardrobes are a great idea, but they aren’t very functional. Good thing you can do something about it! Install sliding baskets for different levels of storage. Baskets with adjustable frames are available to accommodate the narrow openings and have between 2 to 5 baskets to accommodate your must-have camping apparel. Use them for folded shirts, sweatshirts, socks, scarves, and anything else that you’d normally put in a drawer.
- Wastebaskets are annoying, but they’re a necessity. How many times have you tripped over one when just trying to maneuver around in your camper? To tuck it away but still keep it readily accessible, hang it on the inside of a kitchen/bath cabinet door with an over-the-door hanger.
- When shopping for our RV, I noticed that a lot of kitchens came with a sink cover. Not accustomed to an RV kitchen, I didn’t know why this was such a great feature. But after living in our RV for 3 weeks without one, now I do! With such small countertops, every extra inch of space you can find for food prep or storage is invaluable, especially when you like including fresh vegetable recipes into your meals! So I ran out and bought a sink cover and have never looked back, and you should too! These do double duty as countertop space and a cutting board. Ingenious!
- As you’re heading out the door for the day, make it easy to grab essentials by mounting a small wire basket right above the door. Store sunscreen, insect repellant, car keys, a flashlight, your wallet, binoculars, cell phone, maps, and more in here for easy access.
- No more hunting for the TV/DVD remote! Attach Velcro to the back of the remotes and corresponding Velcro to a good mounting spot within your RV. Stick the remotes here when you’re done with them so you can quickly get back to enjoying your satellite TV on the road when you’re ready to kick back and relax. For other convenient ways to use Velcro, click here.
- For all the handy but bulky utensils that keep your kitchen drawers from closing (or won’t even fit inside), stick reposition-able hooks on the inside of a kitchen cabinet door for hanging them up instead. They’ll be secure as you travel down the road and will always have a place of their own.
- Corral your hair ties, barrettes, makeup, nail polish, cotton balls, medications, hygiene products, and more in a plastic caddy on the inside of the bathroom vanity door. Hang it from handy reposition-able hooks. Just like that you have freed up what little vanity space you have and have eliminated the potential of things falling off onto the floor and breaking or going down the drain.
- Use a hanging caddy that attaches to the side of a bed to hold maps, journals, books, magazines, electronic devices, and more. These little things can sometimes create the most clutter, so store them neatly out of the way and off of countertops.
How do you keep your RV neat and tidy? Do you have some RV organization tips that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!