Nothing is more exciting than getting your recreational vehicle ready to hit the open road. Maintaining your enthusiasm depends on how organized and comfortable you can make your travel experience.
Visualizing all the activities you want to partake in and everyday living functions will be your first step. Next, spend some time with your recreational vehicle space and make a note of vacant space on walls, in cupboards, on doors, and in the nooks of your living chariot.
The manufacturer has provided you with a house on wheels constructed with lightweight materials and designed with travel in mind. As a recreational vehicle owner, you now have a blank canvas that you can creatively paint to fit your needs and desires.
Here are a few ideas to save space in your close quarters for your necessities:
- When purchasing pots and pans, bowls, plastic glassware, and food storage containers, make sure they are stackable and fit in the small door cabinetry.
- The shelves in the cabinets are usually very tall. If you insert adjustable racks in the cabinet areas, you can double your storage space.
- You can install magnetic bars on the kitchen area wall and safely store your knives and scissors out of the way.
- An adhesive-backed clamp bar can be attached to the wall in the kitchen area where you can clamp your spice jars. It helps to locate the clamp bar slightly above the countertop so the spice containers can sit on the ledge for added support.
- Plastic paper plate containers and paper towel holders can be easily attached to the underside of the cabinetry. Holders allow the counters to stay clear and keep these lightweight items secure during traveling.
- You can store your coffee cups on cup hooks attached to the cabinet frame’s underside to help keep ceramic mugs from breaking.
- A roll-up dish drain can serve many purposes. You can use it as a place to dry dishes, wash and drain vegetables over the sink, then roll it up and use it to block and secure countertop items during travel.
- Reusable water bottles can be stored in magazine holders and slid into the cabinet without the issues of falling and rolling around.
- Hanging wastebaskets are usually stored nicely on the cabinet doors near the kitchen sink. This location makes a central place for all the garbage in the unit to be collected and emptied frequently.
- Many RV users stick to using Turkish towels instead of regular bulky towels. They are highly absorbent and can be rolled up for storage and tied to towel rings.
- Beds—consider purchasing a custom mattress from Coachbedding.com and requesting to place a hinge on it. Now you can fold your bed for ultimate space savings!
- Shower caddies are a must unless you have a shampoo, conditioner, and soap dispenser attached to the shower wall.
- You can hang laundry nets in the shower area with “S” hooks attached to the shower caddy or shower curtain rod.
- Hanging shoe organizers will be your friend. It’s also helpful to keep your shoe assortment to a minimum.
- Bedside storage organizers that hang off the bed don’t need to stop at just one. These items help hold papers, videos, pens, glasses, candy, and any other little thing that can easily get lost or misplaced.
- Keeping a fire extinguisher attached to the bed is an excellent safety precaution, and it’s out of the way yet in a convenient place. Most extinguishers come with a wall mount bracket.
- Having Velcro strips glued to the back of cabinet doors or having hooks glued to hang zippered pouches or laundry nets makes use of hidden space for paperwork and storage for clean underwear or socks.
- Drawer organizers are a must to maximize drawer space for T-shirts, underwear, socks, and shorts. Use closet space for coats and long pants. “S” Hooks help hang backpacks.
- Rope baskets are great because of their collapsible nature, making it easier to store your baskets in tight places.
- Adhesive hooks are helpful to hang binoculars and cameras on. Be sure and check the weight-bearing range of the adhesive before use.
- Any extra wall space? You might think of applying an adhesive broom holder to keep brooms and mops handy but out of the way. A small vacuum can also be attached and held in place with bungee cords or velcro.
- RV users often use waterproof locked ammo boxes to carry supplies like oil, fuses, tools, hatchets, etc. These can be held in the outside storage areas or attached to the trailer tongue if you have a camper trailer.
The key to your success in organizing your RV will be keeping a minimalist mentality. Having the luxury of a home on wheels to move freely across the country can be a lifestyle of comfort while becoming one with the great outdoors.
Posted on: June 1, 2022