Tips for Saving Space in Your RV

Organizing your recreational vehicle and saving space goes hand in hand.

Collapsible/compact bowl set from Camping World

Collapsible/compact bowl set from Camping World

Your imagination is the limit!

Set aside a day where you spend the first quarter taking EVERYTHING out of the cabinets and storage areas, the second quarter THINKING about the multi-functions of each item, and the last half of the day STORING and STACKING your chosen items.

Nest, nest, nest. And think vertical storage whenever possible.

Collapsible/compact bowl sets use 2/3 less space than standard bowls. Microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe these bowls, currently on a Camping World Internet sale, stack on top of each other to save space. Set includes 1.5 cup, 3 cup, and 5 cup bowls with storage lids.

Consider this: Do you absolutely need to hang clothes?

Instead of storing T-shirts on top of each other so that you have to pull out a whole stack to find one shirt, vertically fold them  almost like a bookcase or filing cabinet, so the folded “spines” of the shirts are visible.

This is what a stack of them in a drawer (or a storage box) looks like:

(Source: tumblr.com)

(Source: tumblr.com)

Storage is everywhere including the inside of your oven and microwave.

Also available on an Internet sale from Camping World, the Magma 7 Piece Nesting Cookware Set requires less than a half cubic foot of storage space. Each set includes a 2-quart saucepan with lid, 5-quart stock pot, 10-inch diameter sauté pan/stock pot lid with lids for sauté pan and stock pot, sauce pan removable handle with thumb release trigger, and bungee storage cord.

Canvas Shoe Pockets attach to bed base line to neatly store shoes out of the way. Also a handy storage spot for reading glasses, paperbacks, and TV remote control.

Suction cups are your friend, especially when they come with little hooks set into them. Use suction cups to hang small items like kitchen utensils, towels, sunglasses, and keys.

Adhesive hooks serve a similar function. Use them on the inside of cabinet doors whenever possible.

Pegboards are also RV friendly and can be used in myriad ways.

You can never have too many bungee cords and canopy ball bungees—they’re great for tying kitchen drawers closed as well.

Use suction cups to hang small items

Use suction cups to hang small items.

For the various shelves/long cabinets, can you add baskets/boxes (with or without lids) to hold things.

Don’t just accept the RV floor plan you started with as unchangeable. Almost anything that isn’t an appliance can be unbolted and removed.

Consider hanging organizers off the back of easy chairs and front motorhome seats.

Following are additional RV space saving ideas:

  • Tuck complete sheet sets into the second pillowcase
  • Pack items that serve more than one function, e.g. toaster oven rather than a toaster
  • Use stacking bins for dry goods rather than keeping the original containers
  • Hang a shelf system above your kitchen sink and/or an over-the-sink rack
  • Utilize the inside of your doors
  • Use an over-the-cabinet-door wastebasket
  • Screw jar lids into a cabinet ceiling and using accompanying jars to store small items
  • Install hooks on the sides of your shelves
  • Use Velcro to keep your remotes in place

Worth Pondering…

“Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way
Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space.”

It could be the theme song of every RVer, though it’s not likely what Steppenwolf had in mind when they recorded Born to be Wild in 1968.

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