Proper RV organization is essential to RV life. There’s often little room to store things in your RV, despite clever in-the-stairs and under-the-bed storage spaces added in by most RV manufacturers. Other than these sneaky storage spaces, it’s hard to find ways to efficiently clean and store items in your RV. To help with RV organization, we gathered some of the best organization ideas and supplies to keep your RV clean and decluttered.
Before You Start RV Organization
Throw Out Items
The first thing you need to do is probably the most difficult. It’s time to Marie Kondo your RV by deciding which items spark joy and which ones need to go. Organizing will be impossible if your RV is cluttered with supplies and equipment you don’t need or don’t use.
Aside from throwing out random items, you should also throw out multiples you don’t need. Even if you have a family of six, you really don’t need all twelve plates in your RV. Stick to exactly what you need. Maybe one or two extras if you’ve got little ones risking breaking or losing things!
Everything Has a Place
The next step is designating a place for everything in your RV. This includes keys, loose change, random pens and all those little items in between. RV organization means no random junk drawers or things piled up on the countertops! Before you start organizing, place everything in the general area that will become its “home” once organization is done.
Develop a Cleaning Schedule
RV organization isn’t easy to keep up with. Once you have everything where it belongs, the real challenge will be making sure it stays there. Over the course of a few days or weeks your RV countertops will be full of random papers, change, chargers and other items. Before you know it, the clutter is back.
One of the best ways to combat clutter returning to your RV is by setting a cleanup schedule. It’s easier, and more realistic, than thinking you’ll clean every day. Designate certain days to tackle different rooms in your RV, or set aside one day a week to do a top-to-bottom cleaning. Cleaning and organizing routinely helps prevent an overwhelming mess forming and keeps RV organization more manageable
RV Organization Items
We’ll go over some of the best products on the market for keeping your RV organized. Whether they’re made with dorm-life in mind or they’re being used in ways other than the intended purpose, there are hundreds of products to help you organize your home or RV. From dollar store products to pricier items that make your life easier, here are some great RV organization ideas and items.
Storage bins are a great way to organize everything you own. You can use bins to organize items in all the different hidden compartments in your RV. Place them under the couch, under the stairs or in RV shelves. Small or large, these bins allow you to organize items into easily-digestible categories and help you find what you need faster.
Dish cradles are another popular option for RV organization. These simple plastic containers allow you to store dishes vertically, meaning there is more space in the cabinet. They also make it easy to take dishes out of the cabinet without removing anything you may have stored on top.
Hanging Baskets and Peg Boards
Maximizing vertical space is absolutely essential in an RV. This can be easily accomplished in your RV kitchen, or in other rooms, by installing hanging baskets, hammocks or peg boards. Both provide ways to organize items on top of one another and out of the way. Say hello to the magic of maximizing vertical space!
Hanging Shoe Organizers
If you have a closet or door in your RV, there’s an opportunity to install a hanging shoe organizer. Depending on the size you get, you can store all kinds of items in shoe organizers. Use them to store towels, soaps, and even shoes! This is a popular organizing hack for dorm rooms or small apartments, and they work great in RVs as well.
Although most popular for remote controls, there are plenty of things you can store using Velcro. Purchase Velcro squares on Amazon and use them to store things on walls and other out-of-the-way areas. Simply attach one piece to the wall and another to the remote, or another lightweight item, and you’ll always know where it is! Use it then stick it back on the wall so it’s available for the next time you need it.
These are great for storing items that are larger or can’t hang on a hook. Attach magazine holders, or narrow storage bins, to the side of your cabinets and other small spaces in your RV.
These products are just a start to RV organization ideas. There are hundreds of creative ways to store items and maximize space in your RV. Have a creative storage solution that isn’t on this list? Let us know! Tag us on Facebook when you share your RV organization hack so we can share all the clever ways RVers have found to declutter their homes.
Now that we’ve covered some of the best RV organization hacks and supplies, we hope your RV is spick and span and ready to go this season. If you’re in need of a remodel or upgrade to match your newly organized RV, Juniata Valley RV can help. Contact us to schedule your inspection or upgrade appointment at our certified service department!
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