While I have a mild case of OCD, it’s not terrible and I can live with a little mess. But when things get completely out of control, that’s when I’ve got to take action to put more order back into my life. Spending time in my 19 foot camper is a lot of fun, but there’s a limit as to how much you can cram inside the thing. And even on those short camping trips, it can get quite crowded (with a spouse and two grown Labrador Retriever dogs).
I thought I’d share a few fun storage products that may bring a little sanity to your (ever shrinking?) storage space.
1. Hanging do-it-yourself shelving unit.
RV’s don’t have much in the way of cabinets – make your own! This portable, collapsible, DIY shelving unit can be hung from any shower rod, or from a telescoping rod in between two walls. Available here.
2. Open air toothbrush storage container.
Don’t let your toothbrush hit the floor! Or the sink! And for gosh sakes, let it air out so it doesn’t turn into a moldy mess. Years ago, I used clip-together toothbrush storage cases, but the wet toothbrush can’t breathe in those. Air drying a wet toothbrush seems a much better way to go about storing them. Available here.
3. Spice organizer racks.
No, it’s not a giant game of checkers. These containers will hold all sorts of spices (and pills or other small items) without banging around or getting lost. The racks cling to cabinet doors through pre-attached double-sided tape. Available here.
4. Overcabinet hair dryer holder.
Hair dryers always seem to find their way into the sink bowl, or oddly twisting and turning from the taut cord on the vanity counter top. This holster-like hair dryer holder solves that wiggling problem, and conveniently uses ‘dead space’ just inside of a cabinet’s door. Available at The Container Store.
5. Collapsible prep bowls.
Although many people cook often in their campers, I don’t. If you’re a sometimes-chef, for those times when you decide to make a meal a few handy prep containers will make clean-up quick, and save space when not in use. Available here.
6. Under cabinet racks for wine glasses (stemware).
Keep those wine glasses out of the way (and hopefully in one piece). These mount underneath upper cabinets and don’t take up much room when the glasses aren’t hanging. Cheap and solid, they add storage where there usually isn’t any. Available here.
7. Paper plate dispenser.
Ever see a picture of inside the International Space Station? NASA astronauts use all surfaces for storage – even the ceiling! While we don’t live in zero gravity here on earth, you can still make use of your RV’s ceiling area with this handy paper plate dispenser. Available from Organize-It.
8. Plastic dinner plate cradle.
Storing plates upright might not make sense at first. Then again, horizontally stacked plates take up a whole lot of real estate in a cabinet. These are also dishwasher safe.
9. Foldable close hanging system.
Something like this lets you hang (cram?) more than a fair share of hangars together. This model holds up to 50 pounds and has 12″ of hangar storage space.
10. Under sink cutting board.
Not your everyday cutting board, this one mounts under your sink and hangs off the edge to preserve precious countertop space. And being made of polypropylene plastic, it won’t harbor germs like a wooden cutting board can (although it seems this wive’s tale is disputed). Available here.
11. Travel sewing kit.
Billed as the most complete travel sewing kit on Amazon, this folding, zippered case contains all the necessary manicure items for nail care and trimming. On the other side of the case are 18 spools of colored thread, some extra buttons, and a few needles. Works well for those most inconvenient times when you find you’ve lost a button and don’t want to buy a new shirt or pants. Available here.
BONUS – Another ceiling storage idea!
One place where you might be able to be a little more aggressive in using that bare ceiling real estate is in your exterior storage compartments. I passed by a neighbor’s house recently (and of course I peeked in their garage) and they had all sorts of things hanging from the ceiling – kayaks, bikes, platforms with storage boxes… Why not do something similar in your RV’s storage compartments?
Depending on your RV type and if you have big storage lockers or small, you could use simple brackets or a larger hanging rack.