Living in an RV means getting pretty creative when it comes to storage. Everything from food to office supplies must have a specific place, and cleaning things up as soon as you’re finished with them absolutely must be routine in order to keep the place from slipping into utter chaos.
Still, there is one thing that many new RVers don’t think to account for, and even some seasoned RVers have trouble knowing what to do with—laundry. Sure, we all need clothes, but they sure are a nuisance, especially when there’s no great place to keep them. Some clean clothes can hang in the cabinets or closets, but those are usually small at best, and drawers are not usually available in RVs.
So, what’s a full-time RVer to do? Well, the first and most important tip is to purge, purge, purge. Narrow down your wardrobe as much as possible. After that, it’s a matter of finding where to keep clothes, both dirty and clean.
Dirty clothes are never fun to deal with. Not only do they clutter up a place quickly, but getting them all clean at once is impossible, meaning they are a never-ending problem. Here are some of the best dirty laundry storage solutions we’ve found.
Storage bay hamper
This one is super clever. So clever, in fact, that many RV manufacturers have started using the idea. What are we talking about? Storage bay hampers.
This is perfect because it keeps smells at bay and dirty clothes out of the way. Some people keep it super simple by keeping a laundry bin in their storage bay and walking outside to toss clothes in every time.
Others will use a saw to cut a hole into the storage area, making a sort of laundry chute. Don’t love either idea? Keep an eye out for the newer rigs that come with a factory-installed laundry chute.
Those who prefer not to use precious storage bay space on laundry might like the idea of a hanging a corner hammock—the kind usually used for stuffed animals—to hold laundry.
While you will have to watch the weight of your laundry, this is an excellent solution in smaller RVs where all other space is at a premium. Plus, because it’s a smaller storage space with less weight capacity, it forces you to do laundry more often.
Hanging laundry bag
Of course, you could just hang a laundry bag on the back of the bathroom door. This is another one of those solutions with a weight limit, and the limit is actually quite low for this one.
That said, everything else about the hanging bag is absolutely perfect. It’s small, you can hang it so it’s out of the way, and you can easily take the bag down and carry it to the laundromat, reducing the number of steps you have to take to get your laundry clean and fresh again.
Some people choose a super interesting route and store dirty clothes in the trunk of their car or the bed of their truck—with a proper cover, of course. This idea may seem a bit silly, but it works and it removes even more steps from the laundry day process.
Just be sure to hang wet things to dry before tossing them into the car or you may be left with a moldy and smelly trunk.
Now that we’ve covered what to do with dirty laundry, let’s talk about clean clothes. These are a bit easier but can still pose a challenge. Here are some of our favorite solutions.
Outdoor clothes drying rack
Some people use clothes racks that mount directly to their RVs, while others prefer a simple collapsible drying rack or clothesline. These are amazing for drying clothes, wet towels and bathing suits, and they’ll save you money on dryer time. Best of all, they’re easy to put up when you’re done.
Hanging sweater organizer
Once your clothes are dry, you may be wondering what to do with them. We highly recommend hanging sweater organizers like this one for storing folded clothes. These can hang up in any cabinet with a bar, and if you don’t have a cabinet with a bar, you can always add one yourself.
Hanging shoe organizer
Smaller items such as underwear and socks can be stored quite nicely in a hanging shoe organizer. Put this organizer on the inside of any door in the rig for a perfect storage solution that removes the clutter from your cabinets.
Adding an extra tension rod to your shower is another great laundry storage option. This can be used to dry clothes after washing or after swimming, but for those who don’t tend to use the shower in their RV, this rod can even be used as permanent clean clothes storage in lieu of a closet.
Drawers under furniture
Another option for folded clothes storage is to make use of the space under furniture. For instance, replacing your RV couch with something like this would add two full drawers of clothing storage with very little effort on your part, and you would still have a nice fold-out bed.
Other options for under-furniture drawers include a bed like this one—alternatively, you can build drawers into your current bed if it has storage underneath—or an ottoman like this one, which could replace a chair or other seating area.
We know a cluttered RV is never fun. Hopefully, you take some new inspiration from this article and can go out and store your clothes like a champ!