Organizing your RV Supplies
Living or traveling in a small space can be a bit of a challenge. The storage options are often limited, and even when there is plenty of room for your things, it can be hard to keep everything in place when you are frequently rolling down the highway at sixty miles per hour. Whether you travel in your RV full time or take it out for the occasional vacation, those who enjoy a neat, clean space may find it challenging to keep their RV clutter-free. However, there are a multitude of tips and “hacks” that can help you to be as organized as possible. Below are just a few suggestions that are sure to help you when organizing your space, which can lead to less time spent finding your belongings and more time spent exploring your travel destinations.
The Whole RV
Throughout your RV, there are tons of storage spaces that are not always easy to organize well. These include closets, cabinets and drawers, and under-the-sink spaces. Read on for the best tips on properly organizing these particular areas.
Everyone has seen that closet in the movies that rains items down upon whatever poor soul dares to open it. This scenario is entirely possible when combining messy closets and RV travel! Consider the following tips to avoid frustration and injury while keeping your items organized.
Your RV closet spaces can hold so many supplies if you organize them correctly. Consider installing hooks (command hooks can get the job done too) and other holders. These can be used to hold brooms, dustpans, and mops, as well as towels and other cleaning products. You can also store some accessories on hooks, such as hats or necklaces.
For every product or accessory for a home there is an “RV version”. Hangers are no exception. Consider replacing your regular coat hangers with ultra-thin hangers. These will take up less space and allow you to fit more in your limited closets. There are also layered hangers that allow you to fit more clothing on one hanger, which can save even more space.
Cabinets and Drawers
RVs are usually packed with a variety of cabinets and drawers of all shapes and sizes. It can be easy to store large items, such as blankets and cookware, but smaller things can be difficult to organize. Another challenge is keeping your items contained during transit, since an avalanche of snacks or toiletries is never fun.
Utilizing vertical space in an RV is a well-known trick that can easily be forgotten. Consider using stackable containers that can be set up within your RV’s cabinets and drawers, or even right on the counter. Consider using clear containers, ensuring that you can find your items quickly and keep track of your product levels.
Dividers and Separators
Many RV cabinets are very wide and deep, while drawers can be long but narrow. This provides a lot of wiggle room (literally) for your bathroom products to shift during travel. Consider utilizing any means of dividers or separators to customize your drawers in whatever way best suits your needs and keeps your items organized.
Under the Sink
Many RVers struggle with keeping their large cabinets under the sinks organized. It can be tricky to find room for everything, due to the bulky, awkward piping and jostling during travel. Many folks tend to store cleaning chemicals under their sinks at home, but you can always feel free to think outside the box when RVing, allowing you to store anything you want under the sinks in your RV. This can include cleaners, toilet paper and paper towels, backup products, makeup, toiletries, kitchen gadgets, and more.
A storage caddy can be a quick and easy method of not only organizing your products but also accessing them as well. Consider getting a caddy that’s designed to fit under a sink and has a handle to help find what you need.
There are specific under-the-sink organizers that can be customized to fit your sink. Sounds expensive, right? You can actually find them online for under twenty-five dollars. you can even consider using these at home, too!
There are tons of ways to help organize your kitchen and its supplies. This can help keep your kitchen neater on travel days and make cooking less stressful. Consider the following tips when organizing your RV kitchen.
Hang your measuring utensils
Those who love to cook and bake may find themselves in need of their measuring cups and spoons but unsure of where to put them. In some cases, you may have plenty of drawer or cabinet space but just want your tools to be a bit more accessible. Consider hanging them from the interior of one of your cabinets for ease of access and to save space. You can also use the same method for pot holders, recipes, or anything else you want to be readily available. This helps you to stay organized while also allowing you to utilize every last bit of space.
Mounted file holders
When you plan to cook, you will likely need items such as tin foil, parchment paper, ziploc bags, plastic wrap, etc. These can take up quite a bit of drawer space, so consider also mounting file holders to the inside of one of your cabinets. File folders hold these items well and can be easily mounted to a cabinet.
Magnetic spice jars
This method involves using small mason jars to hold your spices, then adding magnets onto the lids to stick them to a metal surface. Consider adding a small square of sheet metal on a kitchen wall to keep your spices organized. The final step can be to add labels to the bottom of your jars for easy access. Alternatively, there are products like this already on the market, or you could also consider using a mounted shelf.
Bathroom accessories can be difficult to organize without the proper supplies. Many of these items are really small and can be easily lost or misplaced. Consider the following tips for hep organizing this particular area of your RV.
Most RV showers don’t come with any shelving, unfortunately. This can lead to shampoo bottles falling all over the place or needing to be constantly moved back and forth from the cabinets to the shower. Finding proper shower storage can be really tricky since your RV is often in motion. The hanging style shower caddies can swing around and the tension rods can fall if you hit a bump while driving. Below, we’ve listed some of the best alternatives to either of these shower supply storage options.
Adhesive Shower Caddy
Shower caddies are a great way to keep your shower supplies organized. Unfortunately, ones that hang tend to slide around while in transit. Consider using an adhesive caddy to keep your shelf in place.
Soap and Shampoo Dispenser
This sleek solution can really declutter your shower. These adhesive-mounted dispensers look great and hold quite a bit of product, while preventing bottles from falling all over the shower while moving down the road. They can also be labeled to prevent any confusion, and have clear sides to allow you to check the product levels. This is a great solution for RVers who go on frequent trips, allowing them to avoid needing to pack and unpack these basic necessities with each and every trip.
A mounted toothbrush holder is a fantastic way to keep your toothbrushes clean and out of the way during travel. Some even come with toothpaste dispensers and little drawers to hold miscellaneous items as well.
Finally, small bins can help to keep your miscellaneous bathroom accessories in place while driving down the road. You can organize these by individual toiletry categories, with one for skincare, one for teeth care accessories (toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, etc.), and ones for any other accessories you typically bring along on trips. This will help to keep your items organized and easily accessible.
Organizing your RV can be a tedious task, but you will be so grateful for the time commitment with each and every trip. After all, less time spent finding your things allows for more time spent with your family and loved ones, which is, after all, the point of purchasing an RV in the first place.
How do you like to keep your RV organized? Is there anything else you would recommend for RV organizing? Feel free to share in the comments below!
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