Last Updated on July 3, 2023
In a small RV van, every square inch counts. Efficiently utilizing storage space becomes essential to create a comfortable and organized living environment. From clever storage hacks to innovative solutions, this article will guide you through strategies to optimize storage in your small RV van. Get ready to maximize every nook and cranny and make the most of your limited space.
March is my transition month. This is the month when I will move everything I can fit in my RV and I will get rid of the rest that won’t. I will probably save some personal items and rent a storage or ask a friend to store it for me.
The storage space in my Ford Majestic is not that great. The cabinets are narrow but have no shelves and I only have two drawers. One, I am using for kitchen utensils and cookware; the other one is for my bathroom items, lotions, and vitamins. I really have to maximize the space I have. Since I am not using a Microwave, I use that as storage as well.
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Assess and Declutter:
Begin by assessing your belongings and determining what is truly essential for your travels. Minimizing unnecessary items will free up valuable space. Decluttering not only creates a more streamlined living area but also reduces the weight of your van, increasing fuel efficiency.
Utilize Vertical Space:
Take advantage of the vertical space within your RV van by installing shelves, hanging storage organizers, or using stackable containers. Mount hooks on walls or the back of doors to hang items such as towels, hats, or small bags. Utilizing vertical space helps keep the floor and countertops clear while maximizing storage capacity.
Invest in Multi-Functional Furniture:
Choose furniture pieces that serve multiple purposes to optimize storage and functionality. Look for sofas or benches with built-in storage compartments, folding tables that can double as work or dining areas, or beds that can be lifted to reveal storage space underneath. These versatile pieces help maximize storage without sacrificing comfort.
Use Under-Bed Storage:
The area under your bed is prime real estate for storage. Utilize this space by incorporating storage containers or drawers specifically designed for under-bed use. Store items such as clothing, bedding, or seasonal gear, keeping them easily accessible yet out of sight.
Organize Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets:
Maximize storage in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets by using stackable storage containers, adjustable shelves, or hanging organizers. Use drawer dividers to keep utensils, cutlery, and small kitchen gadgets neatly organized. Utilize door-mounted spice racks or towel bars to create additional storage space.
Since my cabinets are narrow but high, I am wasting so much space on the top half of the cabinets. I use the cabinets for food items, it’s basically my pantry. After some research, I found these awesome cabinet shelves for each cabinet to create extra space. There are many different shapes and kinds – I needed narrow ones that are less than 7 inches wide.
Install Overhead Cabinets or Shelves:
Make use of the overhead space in your RV van by installing cabinets or shelves above seating areas or near the ceiling. These can be used to store lightweight items such as clothing, books, or camping gear. Ensure proper installation and secure closure mechanisms to prevent items from falling during travel.
Utilize Wall-Mounted Storage Solutions:
Mounting storage solutions on the walls can help maximize space without cluttering the floor. Consider installing wall-mounted hooks, hanging baskets, or magnetic strips for utensils, keys, or small tools. Use adhesive hooks or hanging organizers on the inside of cabinet doors for additional storage options.
I bought a hanging wall organizer and I hung it on my bathroom door from the outside. It makes my walkway even tighter but it will be perfect to put my socks, and bathing suits and keep those handy. The quality is pretty good. I have to lift it up a bit when I close my bathroom door but it is worth it.
The other item I got was a hanger tree. There are different types. I got this one because I have many summer dresses that I plan to bring along with me and I found this perfect for them. I have two hooks that I can use to hang jackets or towels on, but that’s not enough. This hanger tree will hold all my little summer dresses and light jackets. It has non-slip covers that won’t allow my clothes to fall off.
Think Outside the Box:
Get creative with unconventional storage solutions. Use storage ottomans that double as seating and hidden compartments, magnetic strips for organizing metal objects, or netted storage pockets on the back of seats. Utilize the space above the driver and passenger seats with storage nets or cabinets.
Another thing I bought to hold my shoes is this hanging shoe organizer. I love it. I don’t use all compartments for shoes, I can keep my towels and other handy items right at my doorway. I know people usually hang this inside a closet and it’s not the most attractive thing but it’s all about making the space liveable. You need to find the best tools.
One more thing I will need is a solution to keep the garbage in one place. Now I am using plastic bags which I keep on the counter. It is annoying to keep moving it when I need more counter space. I think this trash can holder for a cabinet door will work great I just ordered.
In a small RV van, optimizing storage space is crucial to create a comfortable and organized living environment. By assessing your belongings, utilizing vertical space, investing in multi-functional furniture, and incorporating various storage solutions, you can make the most of your limited space. Remember to declutter regularly and reassess your storage needs as you travel. With these space-saving strategies, you’ll enjoy a clutter-free and efficient RV van that allows you to focus on the joys of the open road.
What items did you get to optimize your storage in your van? Please share below in your comment.