Concerns when thinking about moving into a RV: 1) how do you afford that life?, 2) where do you put all your stuff? After you get over #1, you move onto #2 and spend the entire full time journey balancing the small size with what you need. Here are some of our economical and easy RV organization solutions.
Updated November 13, 2017
Look inside our Shoe & Toy storage:
How much space do you have?
The first thing is to determine how much space you have and how much you can devote to your things.
If you have a really large RV, you may have plenty of storage inside and outside (under the RV) for your things. You’ll still probably have some oddly shaped storage that you’ll need to make usable.
If you are in a smaller unit (less than 30), you’ll quickly see that you’ll need to be creative.
Not only is the storage limited, but it is oddly shaped (even in the larger RVs). Shelves are too tall and too deep…you can lose (or forget) what you have in the back cabinets.
And how do you take advantage of all that vertical space (we’re still working on this one!)?
We have a 26ft travel trailer…4 people…and 2 cats. We had to get very, very creative!
RV Organization – Shoes & Toys
First up, lets talk about shoes!
Our RV has a small area under our TV/entertainment unit area that is meant for shoes. It’s almost like a cut-out of the cabinet. We keep about 3 pairs of adult shoes or 4 pairs of kid shoes (it’s constantly rotating).
The rest of the shoes go in Trones shoe storage cabinets from IKEA.
Here’s how much they can fit:
Kid shoes – about 5 pairs (small kids), including boots, flip flops, and sneakers,
Adult Male – 2 pairs of shoes, Small adult shoes – 3 or 4 pairs…
We have about 4 Trones dedicated to shoe storage. We love that they are inexpensive, easy to mount, come in various colors, and keep things nice and tidy.
Trones are not just for shoes!! We have also found that they can fit other things too, like toys and books. If you want something more muted, they also come in black or white. Overall, a great RV organization solution.
Only regret, not buying them on the way home from the RV dealership!!
Come with me as I open up the cabinets and let you peek inside:
RV Organization – Clothes
We decided to use the Skubb hanging shoe organize as clothes storage on our bathroom door.
Why? Because we have way more clothes than we have shoes. This may change in the future, but again, we were going for easy and cheap storage ideas.
We roll up the clothes and stick them in the shoe slots. We like putting our socks, undies, and other items that are highly resistant to wrinkles.
For the drawers we use the Skubb box sets.
They are one of our favorite RV organization solutions and we have them all over the RV…in all colors. They are not very rigid, but they have worked very well for us and the price is fantastic!!
We even have these in our pantry…they are that good.
Final Thoughts –
Get creative with your RV organization and do what works for you and your needs. We still have tons of work to do, but this is a great start for us. What have you used for organization in your tight space?
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