Having a motorhome is one of the great joys in life, but unfortunately, there just never seems to be an efficient enough way to pack everything you’d like to bring along. Whether going for a weekend trip to the beach or a month-long jaunt across country, the only problem seems to be finding a way to stow everything away so that it’s out of sight and packed tightly enough so bumps and turns along the way won’t send breakables tumbling out. These tips should help you organize your motorhome in a way that will make it easy to get up and go as the mood strikes.
Use Cupboard Space Efficiently – Using Doors as Hangers
While some motorhomes have minimal cupboard space, others, like our Tiffin, have large enough areas where you can add a few attachments to keep things neatly in place. One of the very best tips to come along in a very long time involves using the inside of cupboard doors to hang things. I picked up this life-saving tip from a company voted NYC’s best mover. The professionals at this cheap moving company help clients pack and unpack their things into Manhattan’s tiny living spaces, which can be tricky, especially when it comes to organizing a pint-sized kitchen. I’ve adapted their kitchen organization tactics to suit our motorhome. Here are some of their ideas on using the insides of cupboard doors for extra space:
• Use an inside-the-door hanging basket for garbage
• Screw-in broom holders for flashlights
• Sticky hooks or peg boards inside doors to hang utensils
• Adhesive paper towel holders to hold plastic wrap and/or aluminum foil
• Attach fabric/mesh shoe holders to hold odds and ends, especially cleaning supplies
• Make toothbrush holders from PVC pipe and attach inside bathroom cupboard
And, those are just a few of the ways in which you can utilize the insides of cupboard doors. For more tips, with pictures, check out this great blog post I found from RVC Outdoors. Since space is at a premium, when you want to stay organized always use whatever space is available to you.
Creative Use of Exterior Storage Spaces
Every motorhome has some form of exterior storage, which generally reserved for tools and gadgets. However, unless you are going to do major repairs, there is usually more space than you need, so why not use that space for things that just don’t seem to fit inside? Some people use a plastic bin with a secure cover to keep dirty laundry in and others store extra paper plates and cooking utensils in other areas. As long as they are kept in a closed container, you should have no problem keeping dirt and road grime off of your items.
This blog also recommends adding more storage with a simple rear mount platform, which is a great place for bikes or a BBQ. You can also keep all of your cleaning supplies and out-of-season gear in the RV basement underneath the coach.
You’d Be Surprised Just How Much You Can Do with a Ceiling!
The one other place which seems never to be used enough is the ceiling. With multiple ways of hanging baskets and zippered plastic bags, you can keep everything tidied up and off the few counter areas you have. These are great for extra bedding, linens and assorted towels. Bags are easy to hang and can be taken down when you are parked or when entertaining guests.
The ceiling is also a great place for mounting cleaning supplies and other awkward items like brooms and mops. See #9 on this Buzzfeed list and this RV Share blog post for a visual.
The key to keeping your motorhome neat and organized is to make use of literally every nook and cranny. Be creative, bolt things down and you’d be amazed at just how much you can fit into one motorhome, no matter what the size.