Easy Tips & Tricks to RV Organizing

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Easy Tips & Tricks to RV Organizing

” So you guys are a family of six living full-time in an RV? No way! Where in the world do you put everything?”

This is one of the very first questions that we are usually ask once people hear about our crazy adventures and how we once lived in a beautiful 2000 square-foot home and now we cozily live in a 300 square-foot “cottage.” Ha!

Creativity, Minimalism, Organization, and Storage–these are the master keys to having the perfect place for everything in your RV.

In this video, I specifically cover how I store clothes for our four kiddos (including shoes) and their toys. Keep in mind that everything is stored in such a way that they are road friendly. Items stay in place during travel because nobody wants to arrive at their next destination with a clean-up catastrophe. We want to keep the adventures fun! (See below for links to some of the items we mention in the video.)

I love these tips and tricks and the kids seem to dig them as well. They have never once complained about not having enough toys and I love how they spend so much time playing outside!

You may be able to find better prices, but this will give you an idea of what we used. Happy organizing!

Toy Bins & Large Clothes Bins

Small Clothes Bins

Shoe/Toiletry/Craft Organizer

FlipFold Jr. Clothes Folder

Closet Tension Rods

Much Love,
Heather*

By |2015-06-02T12:03:30-04:00June 2nd, 2015|Green Living, RV Living|10 Comments

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10 Comments

  1. Stefanie July 4, 2015 at 11:42 am - Reply

    I love everything you have done!! We are getting ready to live full time in our 5th wheel in 3 weeks. For the kids rooms, did you use regular twin sheets & comforters on their bed or are they custom made to fit?

    • Heather June 11, 2016 at 11:09 am - Reply

      We just used regular sheets. They were a little big but worked just fine. Good luck with your adventures!

  2. Kelly Sangree September 19, 2015 at 12:40 am - Reply

    Just a thought – I recently discovered Turkish towels (also called peshtemel towels) – very absorbent, BIG, but so thin you can store 6 in the same place as two or three terry towels, and they dry FAST on the rack. If you’re familiar with hospital “bath blankets”, they’re similar in thickness, but I’m super impressed at how well they dry one off. As you go on living in the RV and make your little adjustments, maybe those towels would be a good thing to add to your Christmas wish list. They pack well for long trips, too!

    • Heather June 11, 2016 at 11:23 am - Reply

      Wow! Those sound fabulous!!

  3. Lynda Hardin-Poston, PhD May 21, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    My husband and I live full time with our two small dogs in a 5th wheel RV. We don’t have very much storage, so I have had to get creative with my storage options. Our clothes are folded and placed in plastic crates which are stacked along the wall next to the bed in the bedroom. The width is perfect for the crates and we can get into the bed easily from the end. My RV has a back room that had one small bunk (not full length), a couch that made into a full sized bed and a bunk over the couch. I run my own business from the RV so I needed a place for my computer, printer, and my embroidery sewing machine. We took the mattresses off both bunks and removed the couch. We installed a multi-purpose desk with two platforms underneath intended for printers and computer towers. My computer is a laptop, so I use that platform for either the sewing machine or the computer depending on which one I am using at the time. I put my sewing and office supplies along with overflow food storage in totes and stack them where the couch was located. The bunk over the couch area has racks on which I put other storage items. The small bunk has the only hanging closet suspended over it and that is where we put our dress clothes. Shoes are in over door shoe racks.

    My back room is very unique in that it has a door that opens out the back of the trailer so I can load and unload groceries and other items without having to haul them all the way through the house; I just put them inside the door and then sort them after they are unloaded. Since this door is there, we decided to install a washer and dryer next to the door between the slide the storage area is on and the door. We got apartment sized appliances, a rack to put them on, ran a water line through the wall and vent the dryer through the air vent in the ceiling to the outside. So we have an office, storage, an office, a closet, and laundry room all in one room at the back of the trailer. It is a tight fit, however, it works as long as we put things back where they belong when we are finished. That is one of the tricks to RV living, everything has its place and it must be put back there when you are finished with it or it is chaos.

    I cook every day and have had to adapt to cooking on a stove that is not meant for everyday cooking. It is, basically, a camp stove with lower BTUs of heat and an oven that burns on the bottom before the food is done because the burner is too close to the rack. The distance between the rack and the top of the oven is only 6″ and the burner is right under the rack so, needless to say, it is not the easiest thing to even back cookies. However, I have learned to adapt many recipes and others, well, my husband has learned to eat “crispy” and sometimes “very well done” food from the oven.

    The refrigerator can’t make up its mind whether it is a refrigerator or freezer no matter what I do so, again, I have adapted. We purchased a small apartment refrigerator that is also in the little back room on the short bunk. That is where we put things we don’t want frozen like lettuce, celery and milk. Anything that it won’t hurt to freeze goes in the refrigerator.

    Wel really like our RV for all its warts. We pay $395 a month for the lot that it sits on and that pays for water, sewer, garbage, electricity, cable TV, wifi, lawn maintenance, and a lot that is 50X75. The trailer note is $369.00 a month. Where can you live for $765.00 a month with all utilities paid, month to month? You can up and take off any time you want, go anywhere you want, stop when you want, and have all your belongings with you. No packing and unpacking, no sleeping in a bed that thousands of other people have slept in before you. The RV life style takes a little getting used to but once you adapt, you are going to be hooked. Trust me on this one, especially if you are a senior citizen.

    • Heather June 11, 2016 at 11:11 am - Reply

      Great info! Glad you are enjoying the lifestyle!

  4. Cindy McQuay June 23, 2016 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Hello Heather,

    I saw your video on Facebook so I decided to check out the rest of your story. Amazing! I love your ideas and outlook on life. It’s amazing what we do for our kids — totally worth it.

    My husband and I gave up our house 5 years ago to live with his parents and take care of them. They recently passed away and now we are living in a 35 ft. RV with 3 dogs – 1 large and 2 medium. We are truly “full-time” RVers. Not just a few weeks here and there.

    A lot of my belongings from my house has been pared down, and then my daughter is storing things for me that I really don’t want to part with. In the meantime, I’ve had to be creative with storage solutions. We also have the under bed storage. Our clothes are in large vacuum zip-lock bags. We have our fall/winter clothes in the bags – including bulky coats. (We live in Missouri which has a full range of seasonal weather). We bought a used outdoor Rubbermaid storage shed and purchased a small chest freezer, apartment refrigerator, small microwave, toaster oven and that works fine outside. I do a lot of cooking outside too.

    My husband works for the RV park on a barter basis (20 hours a week). So we get our pad rent, electricity, propane, water, sewer for free. Not sure if we will do this for the rest of our lives, if we do, I want a bigger RV. Preferably with bunks in the back so we can have a better area for the dogs.

    The thing that I like most about our situation is that the RV park is very homey. The people are like a family. Everyone watches out for their neighbors. People are friendly and get to know each other around the campfire. There are activities for the kids every weekend (during the season). For the Memorial Day weekend, they brought in live entertainment. We can fish (catch/cook/eat) from the stocked lake, swim in the pool, play putt-putt golf, play basketball and shuffle board. The multi-purpose room has arcade games, air hockey, basket-ball game, 2 ping-pong tables. DVD movies for rent and books to borrow. They also have the largest paintball field in the area. Laundromat that is much more economical than normal.

  5. Wandzetta Parham July 16, 2016 at 11:36 am - Reply

    I love watching your video and I want to say you are an excellent Mom.
    Where do you park your RV?
    How is water supplied for showers, washing dishes and washing clothes?

  6. Marie Renner August 29, 2017 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Where do you wash your clothes? Also , do you live where it is warm or fairly warm all the time?

  7. Alison Hamm February 15, 2018 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Hello! This is so interesting to me! I’m so impressed with your life and that you decided to live in an RV. Brave souls you are! I’m looking at living in an RV in the near future so I find your blog and info on downsizing very helpful right now. I’ll check back often and try to keep learning about making the transition to RV life!!! Thank you for your time and all that you do for the good of humanity.

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