RV travel season is upon us and the open road is calling your name. Whether you’re pulling your RV out of its winter storage spot or buying a new one, it’s time for some spring cleaning! The key to a clean RV is all about organization. Here, we’ll help you make the most of your small space and show you the top organizational tips and hacks for RVs of all types.
Tips For Organizing an RV
Before we jump into the tips, if you’re interested in reinventing or renovating your RV to reflect your personal style and taste then let Camping World’s Design Center help. With over 46 locations nationwide, Camping World Design Centers help RVers plan and create custom interior design projects unique to their RV. Explore what options might be perfect for your interior setup with your very own Design Specialist who has access to the products, resources, and installations you need to plan and execute your ideal interior design projects with the latest products from exclusive brands. In the meantime, check out these tips for organizing your RV.
Keep counters and tables clear
Avoid putting too many items on the kitchen or bathroom counters or on your tables. Not only will these items need to be stowed during travel, but they will also make your RV feel cluttered. Every item needs a storage space.
Use walls and cabinets to mount storage units, hooks, or shelves
You have to get creative with RV organization! Once you start looking, you’ll realize how much wasted space there is. Mounting storage solutions to the inside of cabinet doors and open walls will give you lots of extra space.
Utilize baskets, boxes, and bins
Storage containers will help you to make the most of every cabinet and drawer while still being able to easily find and access your belongings. However, you’ll want to avoid round containers because they create space gaps. Square or rectangular containers fit together and allow you to use the entire space, and can even be stacked. Just be sure that containers hold related items and it’s also helpful if they are labeled. Plastic drawers and tubs are great for your closet and external storage compartments.
The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in an RV. This products, combined with a few extra tips for making the most of your food storage space in your RV, will help meal times run smoothly.
Over-Cabinet Cutting Board and Bakeware Holder
Cutting boards and baking dishes can take up an entire drawer in an RV kitchen! This Over-Cabinet Holder doesn’t require you to drill holes in your cabinets and maximizes your kitchen storage.
Under Cabinet Fruit & Veggie Hammock
Counter space is very limited in every RV, but fruits and veggies are important! Keep your produce off the counter and out of your way with this Under Cabinet Fruit & Veggie Hammock.
5 Piece Twist-Lock Canister Set
These stackable canisters are perfect for maximizing your pantry space while also keeping your food fresh! Use this Prepworks Pro-Keeper 6-Piece Storage Container Set for storing your sugar, pasta, rice, cereal, etc. instead of their original boxes and bags.
Everyone needs bowls for preparing meals or storing leftovers, but they can take up a lot of your kitchen storage space. These Collapsible Bowls are the perfect solution and stack nicely for compact storage.
Not all RVs have a pantry, and if they do, they tend to be very deep and narrow, making it nearly impossible to access your food. This Sliding Organizer solves that problem and creates a stackable and sliding organizer for cans, jars, and other food containers! This is an absolute must-have for RV kitchens and comes in different sizes.
Knives are typically stored in a big, bulky block that sits on your counter space. This just isn’t practical or safe for an RV. This Knife Safe will mount your knives conveniently and safely inside a cabinet.
Bathrooms are usually the smallest space in an RV, so smart use of every square inch is key. These 10 storage ideas for your bathroom will help keep things tidy.
Command Clear Organization Caddy
Sometimes it’s the smallest items that can be the trickiest to find a spot for, like travel sized bathroom products. This Command Clear Organization Caddy are great for those items and can be attached to the back of your cabinet door or mirror in the bathroom without nails, screws, or other permanent adhesives!
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Shower Pocket Organizer
Keep your shower items secure during travel and out of your way to maximize your shower space with this Shower Pocket Organizer. Don’t have a shower curtain rod? No worries! Use command hooks on the shower wall or door instead!
Over Cabinet Waste Basket
There’s hardly any room to move around in an RV bathroom, let alone floor space for a trash can. Check out this Over the Cabinet Plastic Bag Holder.
Bedrooms are often the oasis of the RV, the only closed off space from the rest of the living area. Look for specific features to a bedroom when searching for the perfect family RV. Then, keep your personal space pulled together at all times, while the rest of the RV is more lived in.
Canvas Shoe Pockets
Shoes are one of the hardest items to find a spot for in an RV. These Canvas Shoe Pockets can be attached to your queen sized bed so your shoes are out of the way and not taking up precious closet space!
Attach this shelf organizer can go in any cabinet space to create the perfect spot for keeping socks, underwear, or really any item you choose!
Save drawer space in your bedroom with these clever little Laundry Hooks for hanging small clothing items like swimsuits or tank tops!
Using this Add-A-Drawer Kit, you can store office supplies, playing cards, or other small items below any of your tables! What a great way to free up some space in the overhead cabinets and keep your tables clear.
4-Hook Storage Rack
Keep your keys, pet leashes, and other items off the counters with this 4-Hook Storage Rack that has an adhesive backing and is strong and durable without damaging your walls.
Any item that is multipurpose can help with organizing an RV. This Storage Ottoman allows you to get comfy and put your feet up, while storing blankets, remote controls, and other accessories.
You’ll need a place for all the miscellaneous items that tend to add up. Use this fun Storage Bin for storing books, games, throws, or anything else you need.
Organizing an RV can help your small areas feel much more spacious and your camping trips feel much less hectic. An organized camper is a happy camper! If you can’t get enough of these smart tips, check out the 6 organization hacks you need to try and stop by a Camping World Design Center where a Design Specialist can help you make your camper feel, and look, like home. We hope these tips and storage solutions help with your spring cleaning projects and get your RV ready for your upcoming adventures.
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I WOULD LOVE TO RV,I HAVE PROGGRESSIVE MS AND CAN’T AFFORD TO BUY ONE.I ENTER TRYING TO WIN ONE!!!!
we bought a very inexpensive RV., learning how to use it. I especially love being cozy inside and having lunch
Some great tips, but things hanging Inside cabinets take up space, too. I had the drawer added under my table!!
Such helpful ideas! I’m ordering a few of them! I have two 13 yr old boys that sleep in rear bunks. There is no storage for their clothes. Do you have any ideas?
If you do not use your shower, put something flat over the top of your tub, and then put plastic drawer units on top of it. And a bar across the back of the shower.
Any suggestions for what to do with a litter box? We’ll be traveling with our cat!
We put it in the shower and remove when showering. We also line the shower floor with a towel so no litter goes down the drain.
We also put it in the shower. Just got a covered litter box. Less messy. We tape the shower drain with duct tape until we need to use it
While parked, hide under the stowed steering wheel, with the driver’s chair facing the living area. Place table cloth over steering wheel to hide box.
We removed washer from bathroom closet. Added doggie door from bedroom side. Perfect since she stays in bedroom mostly. Cleaning easy from bathroom side. Added shelf right above dryer vent so litter box even has a vent. lol perfect!
We also put our litter box in the shower but use an old yoga mat in shower floor to keep litter from going down the drain. The yoga mat is easy to sweep or vacuum tracked litter off of. We also put the cheap formats from dollar tree in front of the box to cut down on litter being tracked to other parts of the RV. These are easy to take out several times a day and shake if necessary
During travel I store under the table and if entertaining guests, move it to the shower and cover the drain. Works great!
We have an angled kitchen counter with a small cabinet door near our entry door. I removed the cabinet door, put the litter box inside and made a curtain which I hung over the opening. No one could see the box and she could go in and out at will!!
Love your suggestions on making an RV more homey. Will be living in my just purchased fifth wheel as soon as I sell my house. Can’t travel with it because I can’t drive a big truck. Looking forward to your future post on RVing.
Need to know where I can find 19 1/2 inch wide rugs to use in RV when traveling and all slides are in?
Hi Terry—here’s one option from our Parts and Accessories store: https://www.campingworld.com/runner-20-x-60-aqua. You can find more options here.
We’ve camped using a van for several years now. This past summer we bought our first Class A motor home, a Brave Winnebago. I’m working on learning how to utilize the space in it. I’m curious, do most people buy pots and pans and dishes for their motor home and leave them there? If so, what are the most important ones to have? Thanks for the GREAT tips!
On pots and pans. Nothing else needed. My present MH has a combo microwave & conventional oven. With 3 corning ware pans, pizza pan (it fits the turntable) Now the 3 corning ware, pizza tray, muffin tin, do it all. Also have two 8 inch skillets.