Whether you have a large Class C with lots of extra storage space or a small, cozy trailer that has just enough room for you and a few extra items, most of us are always looking for ways to create more space. One of the best ways to do this is by staying organized.
We here at Juniata Valley RV know how difficult staying organized can be, but it goes quite a long way when you’re traveling with or in a small trailer. Staying on top of being organized is one of the best things you can do, because it takes just a few minutes of tidying up each night once everything is in order. Keep reading for our list of ways to stay organized in your small trailer!
Dispose of the excess. Possibly the first and most critical step on the journey of organization, throwing away or donating what you don’t truly need is the ticket to a clutter-free trailer. Every item you take with you while traveling should have its own spot. Without it, clutter and chaos set in. So, make a comprehensive list of things you use every day. Within that list, make another of things you use every few days. Then have your just in case items in another section which are probably safe to leave at home or throw away. Only bringing what you need will eliminate clutter and will help get out in nature instead of staying in the trailer for your whole trip.
Use the extra space on the bottom of the shelves. Oh, yes. We’re using every inch of space we can to stay organized. Under the shelf wire hanging baskets are great for storing plates, Tupperware containers, or even canned goods. The best thing about these? They hang right onto the top shelf, so no tools are required to install!
Use items for more than just one thing. Hanging shoe organizers are great for shoes, of course, but have you considered using it for cleaning supplies or even kitchen utensils? The point is you probably don’t pack many pairs of shoes when you camp, so why not use that extra space for something else? You can also use those wire under the shelf hanging baskets we mentioned earlier in the bathroom or even refrigerator to hold fresh produce.
Stick to a cleaning schedule. Whatever works for you, but you must stick to it or it will fail. It doesn’t have to be just yours, either. Involving the family to assist you in tidying up each morning or evening will instill good practices, and you won’t have to clean up alone. If done this way, it takes just a few minutes before movie night or at the start of the day.
Install hooks. Everywhere. This will help reduce clutter to flat surfaces. Hooks for keys, extra chargers and dog leashes make the space look and feel cleaner. Hang a few in the bathroom for towels or wet bathing suits.
Store food in clear containers. When it comes to an organized pantry, using clear, plastic containers instead of the unsightly cardboard food comes in helps keep everything in order and more visually appealing. It also keeps your food fresh and bugs out. Just look for containers that fit your pantry so you don’t waste any space.
Use walls for storage. Walls are so underused when it comes to RV storage, but they’re able to hold so much Install wire baskets to hold food, or even buy a knife holder that’s hangable. If you have a wider space of empty wall, you can purchase a pegboard and a few hooks to hang pots, pans, and other kitchen appliances on.
Use Velcro for TV remotes. This goes for anything that’s easily lost or misplaced. Adding a few pieces of Velcro to the end of the couch for the remotes will help eliminate clutter, as they’ll have their own designated spot.
Use the ceiling for cleaning supplies. We don’t mean cleaning agents, but more like brooms and mops. These are lightweight and small, so hanging them on the ceiling gets them out of the way and isn’t dangerous. Or, you can store these long tools using brackets in the outside storage compartment.
Use file holders to keep your pantry organized. These are so versatile that it might be a good idea to buy more than one when you purchase them. Use them to store onions, potatoes and avocadoes. Or, use them for cutting boards, plastic bags, rolls of trash bags or odds and ends.
Use a caddy-style organizer that situates by the bed to combat a cluttered nightstand. These will hold remotes, chargers, reading glasses, books, electronics and so much more. Just slide it under your mattress and it hangs off to the side so it’s easy to reach, too.
Have a designated “stuff” basket at the entry. This is so the kids can drop their sunglasses, water bottles or toys in the basket without cluttering the countertops.
Springtime is the best time to get organized for the season – what are you waiting for? When you have a free, open space to come back to, you’re free to venture out into nature without a care in the world.
What are your favorite organization tips? Let us know in the comments!