Where can I store all of this?
Going on a trip in an RV is an experience like no other. It allows you to get closer to nature while still having many of the comforts of home. RVs can range from basic to luxurious, but no matter how nice, there is the problem of limited space. You can only bring so much, and storage is always an issue. However, there are things you can do to make more efficient use of the space you do have.
We’ve compiled some space saving tips for your next RV trip
For kitchen cabinets – Make more room in the kitchen by getting cabinet-sized drawer units. They’re sold at most home goods stores and they give you the ability to store more things.
Cupboard storage – Storage bins in cupboards and drawers will not only let you store more things, but also help you stay better organized, which is a must. Under-shelf baskets also work well for cabinets and the fridge. Another trick is to use magazine racks in the cupboard to store cans.
Space saving cookware and dishes – Cookware can take up a lot of space, but there are a lot of innovative kitchen products that can really help. There are collapsible teakettles and colanders, and even collapsible pots. They also make stackable nesting mixing bowls. For your plates, try vertical dish cradles. You can also mount curtain tension rods vertically in the cupboards to store baking sheets, cutting boards and serving plates.
For toiletries – A hanging bathroom caddy can be used to store things like shampoo bottles, brushes/combs, body wash, and shaving stuff, etc. PVC pipes or small storage containers can be mounted inside bathroom cabinet doors to hold smaller items like toothbrushes, makeup brushes, nail polish, makeup, cotton swabs and more.
For collecting trash – Trashcans end up taking up a lot of floor space, but you can solve the problem with an over-the-door mounted trashcan. They also make collapsible trashcans for larger items.
Under table drawers – You can install drawers under the tables to store silverware, plates, kitchenware, TV remotes, games or whatever else you want.
Hanging organizers – A nifty hack for storing your towels is to use a hanging, vertical shoe organizer. You can also use larger vertical organizers for the bedroom cabinets to store your clothes such as t-shirts, jeans, shorts, and pajamas. Horizontal shoe organizers with tiered shelves can be used for your clothes as well.
Caddy night stand – If you don’t have room for an actual night stand, a caddy night stand that hooks under the mattress is a great place to keep magazines, books, your phone, e-reader or tablet devices.
Wall-mounted magnetic strips – So simple, yet so effective when it comes to space saving. Wall-mounted magnetic strips can be used to hold kitchen items (knives, scissors, etc). Metal trays can become a magnetic spice rack.
Hook dispensers and command hooks – Mount hooks on the wall and then place the ends of aluminum foil or saran wrap rolls into the hooks. They’re easier to use and you won’t have to store them in a cabinet. Command hooks can also be mounted on the inside of cabinet doors to hang cooking utensils such as spatulas, spoons, slotted spoons and ladles. Hooks can be attached to the sides of a shelf to hang towels, dishrags, and potholders, etc. You can also use suction cup hooks for lightweight kitchen utensils.
Mounted magazine racks – Mount magazine racks on the wall. Don’t think you have to limit yourself to magazines, either. You can store books, notepads, flashlights, first aid kits, or whatever else you want.
The last tip is simply to limit how much you bring. Yes, it can be hard to leave something behind. While you do need plates and cups, you can limit how many you bring. If you’ve taken a trip in an RV before, you can also leave out anything you didn’t use at least once.
These are just some of the innovative things you can do the make the most of the space in your RV. We’re sure you will come up with your own tricks.