Our RV had a large cabinet for a washer/dryer combo in our bathroom but we opted to not buy the washer/dryer combo and instead utilize the space for storage. To best utilize this space we used some Sterlite freestanding drawers that we slid into the openings and stacked atop each other. This has worked reall well for our bathroom storage needs.
Now as most of you know the closets in an RV aren’t the best design for maximizing use. We first thought about using some stackables in our closet but in our first year our closet rod broke so I completely re-designed the entire closet using portable closet racks we bought in Lowes (I also wrote a blog about that project).
There is also loads of storage under most RV beds so that is where we have stored extra linens, blankets and pillows. However since we are fulltimers we also have a lot of nice clothes that we might need for weddings, funerals or if we take a cruise someday. For those needs we bought a few extra-large air-tight vacuum packed space saver bags. These are the kind you pack full of items then use a vacuum to extract the air out of the bag allowing you to store twice as many clothes as in a normal bag.
Well before this blog gets too wordy I will end it with a list of several other items or tips as to how we save space:
- We use adhesive hooks that don’t damage our walls to hold our robes in our hallway. These easy-to-remove hooks won’t leave residue on our walls if we want to move them or get rid of them.
- We use Velcro to keep our stereo components in place. By putting Velcro on our dish box and sticking it to our receiver they don’t shift around and always stay in place.
- We use many of the collapsible kitchen items such as our salad spinner, measuring cups and one item we don’t have but want the Fold Flat Cheese Grater.
- We also have a collapsible Mesh Laundry Bag for our dirty clothes. It stays collapsed until our hamper is full and then out it come to take the clothes to the laundry.
- We also save space by rolling instead of folding our towels and my T-shirts that fit better in the overhead bin in my bedroom. It makes it easy to see what color T-shirt I am grabbing from the top cabinet.
- We also have our Plastic Bag Dispenser which hangs on a cabinet door for recycling plastic bags to use as trash bags while traveling. Of course ours has a Texas A&M University logo…
- We store flour, sugar and our rice in Acrylic airtight food containers which help keep the contents fresh. It also is good for keeping bugs out and away from the RV.
- We use baskets in just about every room to store small items and to keep clutter to a minimum. They also double as decorative items. We have bought several of them in thrift stores making them an inexpensive storage solution.
These are many of the things we do to save space and protect items in our RV and we would love to hear about what other things of you do!