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12 Best RV Organization Ideas From Our Tiny RV (In Which We Live Full-Time!)

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We live full-time in our tiny RV. As much fun it is and however convenient it is to park, the available storage space and organization can sometimes be pretty difficult and cause me a real headache! That’s why I thought I’d share some of my favorite ideas of how I’ve organized my RV, to help you to organize yours, whether you live in yours or just travel, or whether it is big or small – organization ideas are always needed!

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1 – Use collapsible items

I know, I know, I have said this probably in all of my RV organization posts, but gosh, aren’t they useful?! Like, look at these, I have my multipurpose bucket, pasta, and vegetable strainer and dish drying rack, all super flat when I don’t need them! I was worried about silicone getting stained after use, but so far no issues!

For some more collapsible inspiration, here are a few of my top picks from Amazon:

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2 – Mark keys with nail polish

I have so many keys! Driver’s cabin door key, the actual car key, the living area door key, the gas key, the water key, the fuel cap key… I used to spend ages trying to find the correct one (some are practically identical……) before I painted them with nail polish. (I love green, but heck, did I actually think these colors would have looked good on my nails?? Luckily they became useful in other ways.)

3 – Use an egg carton as a spice jar holder

I absolutely adore my green vintage glass spice jar set and would be very upset if they got broken. By using an egg carton, they stay up and don’t bash into each other. This hack can also be used on condiments, makeup, etc, etc.

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+ Other food packaging can be handy too

Before throwing anything out, see if you could repurpose the packaging. Here you can see how I used the cup holders from McDonald’s as a drinking glass holder!

4 – Double-sided tape saves the day

I use this to secure everything in our RV – to hang things, to hold things, to stop things sliding around… This way I can leave some pretty containers on the tabletops, without having to worry about seeing my stuff all over the floor after a drive.

You can also use the double-sided tape to stop things from sliding but still be movable – attach the other side of the tape normally, but tap the other side with a fabric a few times. Now the tape will still stop things from moving but doesn’t actually attach, so you can still easily lift your items when you need to.

5 – Glue gun has many purposes

A glue gun is another fantastic RV hack when you want to stop things sliding about! Apply a few dots around the base, let it cool down and ta-dah, your items won’t slide anymore. I’ve used this on all kinds of decorative items but also on hangers – they keep your clothes sliding off.

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6 – Use beautiful containers so you can leave them insight

When you’ve got nice storage, you don’t always have to be packing them away when you don’t need them. I love all kinds of vintage tins, but luckily there are so many options for every taste.

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7 – Hooks are your best friend (+ a shower caddy makes a great kitchen shelf)

I use hooks all over the RV to hang things. The towels by the front seats dry quickly in the sun, in the kitchen I use S-hooks to hang my utensils and in the bathroom, I can attach my makeup bag from a string.

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8 – A kitchen rail

A kitchen rail can be very handy. I hang some utensils I need often, like scissors, or I can hang things to dry, just to be out of the way or ready when I need them.

9 – Declutter

… and only pack what you need. This is our living and bedroom area, and as you can only imagine, we are not exactly spoilt for storage space. There is space underneath each bench, but they are not very practical in everyday use. The easiest way to deal with this was to just declutter, get rid of anything that wasn’t purposeful. I must admit that I feel much happier this way.

10 – Hang jars from the bottom of the cabinet

This great idea has been going around Pinterest for years. You can attach a piece of magnetic strip to hang your jars from, or you can do it even more securely like I did and screw the lids on and then just twist the jars on and off.

11 – Utilize inside the cupboard doors

Use small adhesive hooks and hang small items inside the doors or use two hooks to hang your paper towel roll in there.

12 – Label everything

Okay, maybe the salt and pepper shakers were labeled only for aesthetic purposes, but otherwise, labeling especially food items makes everything so much easier to find. I have one of these Dymo label makers and I couldn’t live without.

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And that’s it for now, I’ll keep adding more ideas here when I come across some good ones that work in a tiny space. I would love to see your ideas too, so please do not hesitate to comment or email me.

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In my RV organization series, you’ll also find

27 Fantastic Space Saving Ways to Organize your RV or a Camper (That really work!)
RV Kitchen Organization & Storage – The Ultimate Guide
How To Store Wine Glasses in an RV or a Caravan
RV Bathroom Storage & Organization Guide

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