Are you just getting your RV or looking to better organize your current RV? Either way, I have some great and easy RV organization suggestions for you to help minimize the struggle to keep that tiny space organized and clutter-free.
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How much space do you have?
Before anything else, determine how much space you have and how much you can devote to your things.
Spoiler alert, the less stuff you have, the easier it will be to keep your RV organized and clutter-free.
If you have a really large RV, you may have plenty of storage inside and outside (under the RV) for your things.
If you are in a smaller unit (less than 30), you’ll quickly see that you’ll need to be creative.
No matter how much or how little storage you have, it is likely oddly shaped. 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 have a 26ft travel trailer…4 people…and 1 cat. We had to get very, very creative!
Shoes & Toys
Look inside our Shoe & Toy RV Organization:
First up, let’s talk about RV organization for 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 Trones 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.
RV Organization for Toys
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:
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!!
Food & Pantry
After a few years of struggling to keep our pantry organized properly, we finally purchased some food organization containers.
Not only did these help us make good use of the awkwardly tall and deep pantry space, but it also has helped us keep bugs and rodents away.
For your canned goods and other items, I recommend clear storage bins with open tops. This will help you see inside the bins and keep them from moving around on travel days. There are also wire stackable containers for your cabinets if you want to make use of that vertical space.
RV Organization – All Cabinetry
To make use of weird angles and vertical height, I suggest getting cabinet shelves. We have two different ones in the cabinet above our kitchen sink. One is a triangular shelf and the other is a standard shelf.
If you are planning on using shelving for plates, bowels, and cups, you may also get some liners. These will help keep them from sliding around on travel days.
The clear storage bins I recommended for your food can also be used throughout your RV to keep things in place on travel days.
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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