The following post will be about how I have organized what we have in our rv as well as examples of how to organize in general in an RV regardless of your layout or available space. First I will give you a tour of how I organize my home on wheels, room by room. One thing I stress is you can never have enough baskets! They are key to helping keep things not only organized but to allow them to stay secure during travel.
First I have baskets in my closet. I got 5 matching ones from Walmart. I loved the look and they fit perfectly across the shelf above my laundry machine. I keep things like laundry detergent, laundry for the dry cleaners, extra cords, my essential oils and other misc things in them. It’s great cause I can have a mess of stuff in them but it still looks all nice and clean. As for my shoes I have them under the bed skirt around the bed. I got a long over the door shoe organizer, cut it into rows and screwed it up against my baseboard for the bed. In the picture below it is put up with push pins, but that didn’t hold up very well. So I got this tool and made holes then put in grommets. Then I used wood screws to complete the installation. Put the screws right through the grommets into the wood of the bed frame. The rest of my clothes that are not hanging up in the closet I have in my dresser that was built in the rig. It has 6 drawers, 5 of which are mine and 1 for hubby.
I have alot of storage in our bathroom. For the shower storage I found this wonderful clear hanging organizer. I spray painted it and tried to hang it on the wall with a suction cup. Because of the pattern on my walls nothing would hold. So I screwed it into the wall. I got baskets for the cabinets to organize all my things in there. Then I also found THIS hanging shelf at Walmart. I screwed that into the wall and bought two wicker media baskets. I painted them white and they fit perfectly on the shelf. Then I took a random set of hooks that were hung in the bunkhouse of all places in the middle of the wall. I removed it and installed it in the bathroom to hang our towels on. I have white hooks I got at Home Depot I screwed into the wall to hang my necklaces on. I don’t have much jewelry or makeup so storage for that was easy. All my makeup fits in the green bag in the photo of my medicine cabinet. On the top shelf of the medicine cabinet I have my hair supplies, lotion and perfume. The cabinet below the sink doesn’t hold much on the top shelf because of the pipes. Although I’ve added some more in there since then I keep our medicine, hair dryer, hair straightener, Michael’s hair clippers on the top then a pink canvas basket on the bottom that holds stuff like cough drops, allergy meds, etc. My other cabinet holds my feminine items. Figured for the guys out there I’d save on sharing that.
MAIN LIVING AREA
For the main living area I have three spots I keep things. First I keep things in the top and bottom of the entertainment center. Ont the bottom is our dvds (yes I am a Major FRIENDS fan! and have all 10 seasons) and then the very bottom are two baskets. The one on the left is all our pet supplies like heartworm meds, poop bags, medicine we got at the vet, ear cleaner and such. Then the right basket is basically a catch all for anything random like cords, stickers, etc. In my ottoman I keep my tools, spare blankets and the vacuum hose. I keep alot of my tools in here so I don’t have to trot in an out opening the outside kitchen storage to access them when I need them. Which seems to be fairly often. Although I don’t have a photo in the cabinets above the couch I keep all my paint and painting tools.
So the kitchen is really wonderful in the fact that I have ALOT of storage for food and needed items. I am going from left to right. On the top cabinet is where I keep cereal, and taller boxes, and it’s deep so in the back it holds my pot I use for my fall and holiday drink, which I will list below. Then we have the pantry. I had wooden shelves made since it is so deep. My short self couldn’t see what was in the back and I often times doubled up on what food we already had. Out of sight out of mind. They are not on gliders so you just have to pick them up and pull them out. But since we don’t have the gliders we can also make use of the side space for storage of stuff like tortillas and other thin items. I made a chalkboard insert to the cabinet so I could have a place to write down what we needed when we ran out of something. Then underneath the pantry I have the dog and cat food. I got the container for the dog food from Petsmart and the plastic container for the cat food at Walmart. I built a shelf because there was so much vertical storage space it felt a waste to not use it. Then the cabinet above the fridge I keep a basket I found at Goodwill which I keep my tupperware in. That way I don’t have to worry about keeping it all organized and avoid it falling all over me everytime I open the cabinet. The next cabinet I have our dishes in. I keep the cups on the top and the plates and bowls on the bottom. Next, and I hate the fact it isn’t really organized well, but I keep the bakeware like my cornieware on the top and the skillets and pots on the bottom. Then we have a spice cabinet. Most people are trying to find space to store their spices and here we are with a whole cabinet full of them. It’s an oddly sized cabinet so I figured it would work well for that. We have two baskets I found at Dollar General that work perfectly because we can still fit stuff on the sides of them as well so we don’t loose the storage space. We utilize every inch of space we can which is what you have to do when you live in a tiny home. You can see what I have in the drawers on the sides of the sink so I won’t explain that in detail. And finally the cabinet under the sink. I had to build a shelf under here as well to use the vertical space. I just didn’t have enough room down there. I keep all my appliances like my crock pot, hand mixer, muffin tins, meatloaf pan, mixing bowls, and other misc stuff I have no where else to put.
Seasonal Wassel (cider drink, non alcoholic) 1 2/3 cup sugar 1/2 container of whole cloves placed in a tea strainer Whole container of cinnamon sticks (usually bout 5) 2qt orange juice 2qt cranberry juice 4qt apple cider (not apple juice!) 1 sliced orange Place all ingredients in pot and simmer for 3-4 hrs on low to med heat. Make sure to stir in sugar and keep stirring til melted. Also occasionally stir during the 3-4 hr period. Can be served warm or chilled.
The bunkroom is pretty simple. We have the cabinet above the closet, the closet, two drawers under the closet, the shelf I made which I explained in the previous post, and now we have all the space underneath the second bunk we re-built. I also have made wall storage for my sewing goodies under the bunk. This was planned when I thought about making it my sewing nook under the bunk but I decided to keep the storage like it was just for easy access. Also on the wall is the coat hook from Goodwill I got to hang up Michael’s shoes. He kept complaining the hooks by the front door didn’t fit his manly sized shoes. I didn’t show photos of the drawers but they basically hold his PT’s, shirts, underwear and socks. I plan on eventually figuring out some kinda of wall storage that will work on the wall above the fold out desk to where it doesn’t have to be taken down if we bring the slides in.
As for storage in here we have quite a bit of it. In the cabinet above the sink I keep cleaning supplies, lotion and foot powder for the boys and some doggie shampoo. In the cabinet below the sink I have reusable grocery bags on the top shelf and on the bottom shelf is extra tp, cat litter, and our black tank solution. Then we have the cabinet above where the toilet was. We keep the extra washing detergent and ironing supplies in here. I also have a dresser I made from baskets and a folding bookshelf I painted which stores my sewing fabric in it.
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What organization ideas have you come up with in your rig? Anything I can share with my viewers? If so leave a comment or shoot me an email. I’d love to add any helpful hints to the website!