If you’ve ever spent an extended amount of time in an RV, you know already just how cluttered these tiny homes-on-wheels can become. One dumped-out toy bin can turn the whole place into a clutter zone, and something as simple as rummaging through a drawer can leave your RV looking like a tornado came through.
Unfortunately, there is really no way to completely avoid this problem. Even if you purge half of your possessions, there will always be stuff to clutter up your space, and if kids are involved, you can forget about maintaining order 24/7. That said, there are ways to cut back on the amount of stuff taking up your precious counter, floor, drawer, and cabinet space.
One of the best solutions to this problem comes in the form of simple shoe organizers. These nifty creations have to be just about the most versatile organization tool around. Here are some of the things we love to use them for.
1. Toy holder
If you have kids, you know just how awful it feels to step on a LEGO block or Barbie shoe. You’ve likely tried asking your little ones to stop dumping the buckets of toys. However, it’s time we face it: when a certain block or Barbie accessory is needed, there is no way it will be found by simply digging through the bucket, and this leads to the much-dreaded dumping.
A couple of shoe organizers can eliminate this problem by organizing small toys and making them easy to see, so finding that ideal piece is a cinch. Because it hangs on a wall, the toys are up and out of the way. Additionally, because all pieces can be seen while still in the transparent pockets, they can be played with without any huge messes and far fewer accidental booby traps.
2. Toiletry storage
Rummaging through the bathroom cabinet for the hair gel or the right color of blush is a pain. This is especially true after moving the RV and having everything fall over into a giant pile of assorted toiletries. If you find yourself digging to find your beauty products on a regular basis, it’s time to hang a shoe organizer on your bathroom door.
By purchasing an organizer with clear pockets, you can make it easy to find exactly the right product. However, if your pocketed friend isn’t see-through, simple labels for each pocket work just fine. Either way, you will get rid of the morning rummaging frustrations.
3. Shoe organizer
Okay, so of course a shoe organizer can be used to organize shoes. However, we felt the need to include a few neat, out-of-the-way ideas we’ve seen:
- The first option is to cut the shoe holder to the right size and hang it on the bottom part of your screen door. This is an excellent solution if your screen door sports a rip and you’d like something to cover the damage and prevent future problems.
- For the second option, try cutting the shoe holder into small sections that fit along the underside of your built in bed, making several smaller organizers. Add the pockets to the sides of the bed using small screws, and voila, you’ll have excellent shoe storage for the whole family.
- Finally, there is the option to cut an organizer to fit on the backside of a dinette seat or the side of a cabinet that is right inside your front door. Hang using Scotch tape or Command Hooks.
4. Bedside solution
For many people, bedside tables are the heart of all the household clutter. These tables hold everything from glasses to phone chargers, and all that stuff can lead to some annoying situations.
Small organizers hung on the walls or either side of your bed may just be the solution to this problem. Stuff your phone charger, glasses, and even water bottle into the pockets and clear your bedside tables of junk. This will help make your room feel cleaner and more comfortable.
5. Pantry (or cabinet) helper
Even in a house, spices and small packets have a tendency to get lost in the pantry. However, this is an even bigger problem in an RV where the contents of the pantry are often jostled during travel.
If you find you’re always losing smaller items in the back of your cabinets, consider hanging a shoe organizer on the inside of a cabinet door. Use this to hold small bottles and packets and keep them in easy reach whenever you may need them.
6. Front door clutter grabber
From hats and gloves to mail that needs to be dropped at the post office, there always seems to be a fair-sized mountain of junk near the front door. Fortunately, most front door clutter items are on the smaller side, meaning a shoe organizer is ideal for keeping them up and out of the way.
Try installing some coat hooks on the wall with the organizer nearby. You will then be able to grab your hat, gloves, and coat in one easy sweep and head out the door in no time at all.
7. Baby stop
Babies come with a lot of stuff. Since RVs don’t typically come with nurseries, and many don’t even have the space to add one, finding a place to keep all of the things you tiny bundle of joy needs can be quite the challenge.
Pocketed shoe organizers are great for this! The pockets are just the right size for diapers and wipes, pacifiers, small toys, and even little onesies fit quite nicely as well. By installing one of these organizers you can have a convenient baby stop that is sure to make your camping life a bit easier.
Of course, these are just 7 of the dozens of ways to use these wonderful organizing tools. Do you have an idea you’d like to share? Please do so in the comments below.