Want to see the country? One of the easiest ways is in a personal RV. Instead of being cramped in a small car and having to stop for food and lodging every night, you'll be traveling in style. Your own kitchen, bathroom, and living space mean you'll be all set to stay on the road and reach your destination quicker.
The one drawback of traveling in an RV? The lack of space can become an issue, especially if it's a family vacation. Close quarters mean people can get on each other's nerves, and the lack of space can make it hard to find space for everything you need for the trip. Thankfully, Emoving Storage is here to help you with these tips to make the most of your RV storage space.
Finding RV storage space can be tricky, but there are many tricks that can pack a lot of essential items into a small space. Below, you'll find fifteen RV storage ideas that you might not have thought of to maximize the space in your kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.
5 RV STORAGE IDEAS FOR THE KITCHEN
1. Replace Mixing Bowls With Nesting Bowls You Can Stack
Nesting bowls are an ideal way to save space in an RV. A set of plastic bowls, each slightly smaller than the other, can all fit together and take up one-fifth the space of a normal set of bowls. One of these bowls can be replaced by a colander if needed. A 9-piece set is sold for approximately $40 on Amazon.
2. Dish Cradles Are An Effective Way To Maximize RV Cabinet Space
Stacking dishes vertically in a dish cradle means they take up a fraction of the space. They're more secure in their cradle, and it's easier to get them out without having to remove the items stacked on top. A dish cradle is only $10 on Amazon.
3. Install A Peg Board For Hanging Items
There are many items, such as pots and pans, that can be conveniently hung on the wall. A pegboard can be installed on the wall and hold dozens of small items, freeing up drawer space for things that can't be hung easily. A large pegboard can be mounted on the wall of the RV with ease and goes for about $70 on Amazon.
4. Buy Suction Cup Hooks In Bulk
If you want more flexibility than the pegboard offers, you may find it easier to use these portable plastic items for your hanging needs. A cheap, portable suction cup hook can turn any wall or window into an instant hanger for a small item. A two-piece professional-grade suction cup hook with 11-pound weight capacity goes for $17 on Amazon.
5. Lazy Susans Maximize Refrigerator Space
A Lazy Susan is a simple plate that spins and often has dividers that separate it into several segments. This is an item that can easily be put into the refrigerator to hold several commonly used items. No more digging around the small refrigerator to find a commonly used item - you just spin the Lazy Susan until you find what you need. A plastic Lazy Susan goes for as little as $6 on Amazon.
5 RV STORAGE IDEAS FOR THE BATHROOM
1. Create Your Own Elastic First Aid Holder
Especially if you're traveling with kids, you know little bumps and bruises can happen and require first aid. An RV should be stocked with first aid supplies, but those little boxes and tubes can get lost easily. They can be easily stored and organized by stapling an elastic band around them, holding them in place in the medicine cabinet. An eight-yard elastic band can be purchased for just over $5 on Amazon.
2. Install A Shampoo Dispenser In The Shower
All those tubes of shampoos and conditioners can take up a lot of space in the shower, especially if there are several people with different shampoo needs. With an easy-to-install shampoo dispenser, four different kinds of shampoo can be on tap at all times, meaning the bottles only need to be out when one needs to be refilled. Available for $28 on Amazon.
3. Command Strips Have Multiple Uses
Command strips are easy-to-adhere wall-mounted objects that use tension to hold objects in place. They are useful for holding brooms, clothing, jewelry, or hairbrushes. Having them on the wall in the bathroom helps to keep the floor free of clutter. A two-pack of command strips goes for $12 on Amazon.
4. Hang Spice Racks For Bathroom Supplies
Spice racks are an ideal solution for keeping small items grouped together in the kitchen. That's just as useful in the RV bathroom. Especially with multiple people in an RV, you can install several and keep everyone's items carefully separate. No more shuffling through an overstuffed bathroom cabinet to find your shampoo! Amazon sells hanging Ikea spice racks for $28 in sets of four.
5. Turn An Old Coat Hanger Into a Toiletry Holder
A key part of effective RV storage is thinking outside the box. Some of the best solutions don't require buying anything. You can take an old coat hanger, untwist it, and re-twist it around the items of your choice. Then it's just a matter of plucking out what you need and putting it back in its secure spot. If there are children in the RV, consider capping the edges of the wire with a small piece of plastic to ensure there are no sharp edges.
5 RV STORAGE IDEAS FOR THE BEDROOM
1. Turn A Caddy Bag Into A Night Stand
A caddy bag is an effective way to carry around many items in an organized fashion. It can be just as effective as a nightstand if it's hung carefully in a location within reach of the bed. A small caddy bag that can hold items including tissues and a water bottle can be bought on Amazon for as little as $7.
2. Sew A Storage Headboard
This is a project for someone with an interest in crafting, but it can make all the difference in saving space in a small bedroom. Take a piece of cloth and sew several small pockets into one side. Those pockets are then used to hold any small items needed by the bed, including tissues or a water bottle. The hanging storage headboard is then hung by a tension rod over the bed, and can also serve as a shade if hung by the window.
3. Creative Folding Makes The Most of Drawer Space
No one likes folding clothes, but a drawer where clothes are just thrown in will fill up extremely quickly. When clothes are all folded uniformly, they can be sandwiched tightly against each other. This maximizes closet and drawer space. This is a skill that should be ideally learned before embarking on your RV journey. It's also something that kids can learn with a little practice, ensuring that all the drawers in the RV use the same space-saving technique.
4. One Coat Hanger Can Become A Storage Unit For Multiple Items With Metal Clips
Instead of hanging one shirt from a wire or wooden hanger, take a set of circular metal clips (available at most hardware stores in bulk for only a few dollars a box) and clip five to ten of them on the straight bottom part of the hanger. Those clips can then be used to hang a selection of small items, including ties, hats, or undergarments. One coat hanger does the work of five.
5. Turn Doors Into Storage Space
If you have many small items you frequently use in specific rooms, the best way to organize them is with a small net or velcro holder attached to the door of that room. Then you fill it with whatever items are most commonly used in that room. This is an especially effective tool if you have children with comfort items they need to have easily accessible at all times. An easy-to-attach net or toy hammock can be found on Amazon for as little as $7.
An RV is a great single-vehicle solution for all your needs while on the road. The convenience of being able to eat, sleep, and use the bathroom in your vehicle as you drive on towards your destination cannot be overstated. The idea of being cramped into one space for the whole trip might be less enticing. Even with a busy family in one RV, these fifteen tips for RV storage will help you make the most of your space, ensure all useful items can be found at a moment's notice, and allow you to bring more useful items from home on board to ensure a pleasant trip.
With proper RV storage, you'll be able to cook effectively in your kitchen, find all necessary toiletries in the bathroom without confusion, and bed down in your sleeping quarters with everything you need nearby. You're now ready to enjoy your trip in an RV that feels roomier and more organized than you ever thought possible.