If you have an RV, you already know how great it is to travel around the country in convenience and comfort—all at your own pace. However, a fun road trip or family vacation can quickly become chaotic if your RV is crowded, cluttered, and cumbersome. In such a small space, you really can’t afford to be disorganized or you’ll wind up spending a half hour searching for that missing hiking boot instead of getting out on the trail. Before you embark on your next trip, find out how to organize the nooks and crannies of an RV so you’ll be prepared for whatever the road brings your way!
Make Existing Storage Space Efficient and Effective
Having comfortable living spaces inside an RV depends largely on how well you utilize existing storage areas. If items are shifting around while you’re driving, you’ll likely wind up with a mess when you stop. The experts at The Container Store suggest lining, “drawers and shelves with nonslip liners to prevent items from sliding while you’re on the road. Use stacking bins or shelves to divide cabinet or cubby space and to further help prevent items from shifting.”
For cabinets without built-in shelves, maximize the space by sliding a drawer unit into the opening. This allows you to organize items by drawer and utilize all vertical space available. Then, you can take out the drawers when you arrive at your destination and use them to transport supplies like steak knives, canned goods, and other items that are difficult to carry.
Find Creative Ways to Generate More Storage
Many of the surfaces in your RV may be underutilized. For example, placing adhesive hooks on the walls will allow you to hang towels in the bathroom, utensils in the kitchen, and hats in the bedroom. “Add hooks underneath upper cabinets to hang things like mugs and pot holders,” says Grass Haven Outdoor. Consider employing some of their other tips to take advantage of every inch:
- Mount hinges and a locking arm (available at most hardware stores) on a large cutting board to create a drop-leaf cutting board or countertop extension.
- Cut PVC tubes into four-inch lengths and secure them to the inside of cabinet doors to hold curling irons, hair dryers, and other appliances.
- Keep bath products and toiletries in portable caddies that can you can easily transport to campsite bathroom facilities.
- Hang an over-the-door shoe organizer to store shoes, socks, underwear, and other small clothing items.
Camping World features specialized products to help you declutter your RV and use space strategically. Solutions like over-the-cabinet trash bag holders, stack-a-plate or pop-a-plate dispensers, stackable pantry baskets, rollout shelves and drawers, and others will help you create additional storage space where you need it most.
Protect Your Gear
Being on the road in an RV can wreak havoc on your belongings, especially on long trips or along bumpy highways. Consider protecting your gear before you store it so you can use it year after year, trip after trip. The Container Store suggests using heavy-duty storage bags to keep out dust and dirt. These bags are available in a range of sizes and some are even water resistant for keeping linens, cushions, and clothing dry.
Grass Haven Outdoor recommends using potholders, kitchen towels, or washcloths you already have in your RV to wrap around or place between breakable items such as plates, bowls, and glassware. This is not only helpful on the road, but also when transporting items to and from the campsite.
“In a compact area, it’s vital that you employ different space-saving tricks to make the most out of your motorhome,” says Camping World. An organized RV leaves you extra time to enjoy all that your cross-country journey has to offer. When you get back from your adventure, ensure you can enjoy your RV for years to come by protecting it with RV storage.
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