Living in an RV full-time can sometimes feel cramped and cluttered, especially if you don’t have a good process for organizing your stuff. Your RV can quickly turn into a disaster zone, with clothes strewn all over the couch and possessions pouring from cupboards.
Does this sound like you? Never fear.
There are tons of RV organization ideas to create a clutter-free space. That's the entire point of going smaller, right?
We've rounded up some of the best RV organization tips so you can get your camper in tip-top shape.
Do you need some help getting your RV organized? Check out this book, Create Space from Thin Air: Ideas for Adding Storage in your RV, written by full-time RVer Ashley Mann.
1) Get stuff off surfaces with a swivel drawer
One of our first RV organization tips involves getting clutter off countertops! Having stuff piled everywhere can create a sense of overwhelm that's hard to shake off.
This swivel drawer for RV organization takes care of countertop clutter. Just put your pents, paper and other odds-and-ends into this drawer and swivel it so you can't see the clutter-causing stuff.
This pencil drawer is quick and easy to install with no tools needed. Just clamp it to any surface with a robust steel clamp and thumb screw.
You won't have to drill holes or otherwise deface your RV for this clamp-on swivel drawer.
2) Get a hanging closet organizer for your RV
Taking care of your RV closet is a wonderful way to tackle RV organization.
This hanging closet organizer is made of 100% polyester canvas with heavy-duty fiberboard. That means its strong enough to hold 50 pounds of clothes and shoes!
This hanging closet organizer for an RV is perfect for sweaters, shirts, handbags, shoes and hats. Plus, it features a collapsible design so you can put it away if its not in use.
You'll be happy you followed this RV organization tip when you're looking for your hiking boots or cozy fleece pants for sitting by the fire.
3) Try a folding wall-mounted clothes hanger
Continuing with our RV organization tips for the closet, this folding wall-mounted hanger is a great place to hang shirts or coats. When you're not using it, just fold it up to create more space in your RV.
You can also use this insta-hanger to hang-dry clothes after a wash, or to store heavy outdoor gear, hats or scarves.
This folding hanger only needs 12" of wall space to function and folds flat to a thickness of just 1 1/4″ thick creating a 'Clutter Free Zone'.
This is a great RV organization idea for motorhomes that don't have enough closet space.
4) Bedside storage organizer for books, remotes and magazines
Your RV's bedroom should be your sanctuary, a space you can relax after a long day of hiking or exploring.
That's why RV organization is so important in the place where you rest and sleep. Many motorhome bedrooms are extra small and cramped, which makes organizing an even trickier task.
However, this bedside storage organizer will help. It features pockets for books, magazines, smartphones, remotes, and even a water bottle.
This item is easy to install - you just have to slide the steel frame in between your mattress box spring/bed frame to keep your favorite books close at hand.
5) Over-the-cabinet storage baskets make more space in your RV
Keeping as much floor space as possible is one of our favorite RV organization tips. RVs are already pretty small on the inside, and you want to maintain that wide open feel.
This over-the-cabinet storage basket is perfect for cleaning supplies, plastic bags, garbage bags, spices, bathing supplies or dry goods. Really anything you think of can fit in this organizer!
Non-absorbent foam backing keeps cabinets from scratching where you mount the wastebasket
Put one of these over-the-cabinet storage baskets in every part of your RV to keep items or trash neatly tucked away.
6) Plastic storage bins for your RV shelves
Plastic bins like these popular Sterilite bins are your best friend when it comes to RV organization. Put any odds and ends in these bins and slide them into cabinets, under your bed or in your motorhome's storage compartments.
This set includes four boxes that can accommodate standard 8.5"x 11" paper. You can use them for tools, pens, canned good, really anything you can think of.
RV shelves can quickly become a mess as stuff is haphazardly shoved up there. These plastic storage bins will take care of any motorhome disaster area by providing neat and organized spots for your stuff.
7) Suction cup hooks for your RV shower and kitchen
Suction cup hooks are an easy way to achieve RV organization without punching holes in the walls for real hooks.
These plastic suction cup hooks can hold up to 6.6 pounds each. They're great for bathroom towels, loofahs, kitchen utensils, even a coat. They'll stick on glass, a mirror, tile and even metal.
To install these hooks, you simply lift, push and lock. No screws, nails, glue, or other hardware or tools required.
This is a simple RV organization hack to keep your bathroom and kitchen super neat and tidy.
8) Interlocking drawer organizers to declutter RV drawers
These handy interlocking drawer organizers are a great took for RV organization.
Try them out in the bathroom for your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and hairbrush. Or for your kitchen knives and utensils. Or use them in your utility drawer for pens, paper clips, post-it notes and nails.
The interlocking feature of these organizers lets you configure them as you see fit, which is a great space-saving feature for RV drawers!
9) Try a pop-up trash can to save space in your motorhome
This spring-loaded pop-up trash can is perfect for keeping the inside of your RV or even your campsite clean. This trash can is portable, easy-to-carry, and features a fully-zippered top. Fits 30-gallon trash bags.
We love that it collapses down to store with two Velcro straps. This portable and easy-to-carry container is made of polyethylene, a durable and easy-to-clean material.
One of many good RV organization tips that works both inside and outside your motorhome!
10) Collapsible laundry basket for dirty clothes
One of our biggest RV organization tips is this: Get anything you can collapsible!
This collapsible laundry basket is great for keeping your dirty clothes before you hit up the next laundromat.
Or if you're more the DIY type, you can use this bucket to wash your own clothes out in the great outdoors. This collapsible laundry basket also works for washing your dog or filling with ice to keep drinks cold for a party.
11) Hanging shower caddy and bath organizer
This hanging shower caddy is a great RV organization tip for your motorhome's shower.
Use it to store shampoo and conditioner, body wash, washcloths and bars of soap.
This shower caddy is also quick-dry and easy transportable between your RV shower and a campground shower facilities.
Make sure you have the right type of shower curtain rod before you buy.
12) A car seat organizer for your tow vehicle
If you're towing a travel trailer or a fifth-wheel RV around, you'll want to keep your towing vehicle just as organized as your RV.
This car seat organizer keeps books, magazines and tablets off the floor.
These organizers are specially designed with touch-screen tablet holders with slits for headphones, so little ones in the back seat stay entertained without making a massive mess.
13) Undershelf baskets to add more storage space to your RV
Just like the clamp-on drawer we showed you above, these under shelf baskets help provide space for those items that can't seem to find a home in your RV.
These shelves are super easy to install and help you organize your RV. You simply slide it onto any shelf and it holds.
Use these handy shelves to store napkins, dish towels, dinnerware or batheroom accessories.
This RV organization hack just made your RV neater!
14) Tiny clip-on baskets for just $4
Use these teeny tiny baskets to add a little RV organization to your kitchen, bathroom, or other odds and ends you can't seem to find a home for.
They're made of durable wire construction.
These baskets easily clip to existing wire shelves in pantries or closets - you don't need any harware to use them.
15) Vacuum bags for storing stuff under your RV bed
One amazing RV organization tip is to use the space underneath your bed for storage! My parents use the space underneath their bed for wine bottles and other kitchen utensils they don't use very often.
These vacuum bags zip your clothes up nice and tight when you're not wearing them. This is a great way to store seasonal clothes or squishy items you don't use quite as often.
You'll get five medium-size bags to help organize your RV bedroom - each bag can fit 8-10 sweaters. You can also use them to store pillows, towels, and anything else soft you can think of.
16) Pop-up mesh laundry hamper
Another RV organization hack for your camper is one of these mesh pop-up hampers.
You'll get two portable hampers about the size of an extra-large backpack that can be folded down when not in use.
Handles are made of woven tape which offer sound support for a full bag. These are great for carrying your clothes to a laundromat or storing dirty clothes in your camper bedroom.
Side pockets give you storage for detergent, dryer sheets or delicates.
17) Wall-mounted bathroom organizer
A super cool RV organization tip for your bathroom is this wall-mounted bathroom organizer.
You'll have room for 9 ordinary toothbrushes or 6 electric toothbrushes with this organizer. Four storage compartments can organize all tooth brush, toothpaste, combs, razors, eyebrow trimmers, facial cleansers, etc.
Installation is easy - you just have to press an adhesive strip to a clean wall and you're good to go.
Say hello to an amazingly organized RV bathroom!
This book will help you get a handle on RV organization:
Do you need some help getting your RV organized? Check out this book, Create Space from Thin Air: Ideas for Adding Storage in your RV, written by full-time RVer Ashley Mann of RV Inspiration.
This full color, 36-page ebook in PDF format includes 75+ color photos and over 60 ideas for storing and organizing.
Ashley wrote this book because she couldn’t find any comprehensive and creative guides to RV organization. She wants to help you find even more storage ideas for your motorhome.
In this Create Space from Thin Air, you’ll also get:
- Ideas for adapting solutions to fit your needs
- Ways to make use of vertical space for storage
- Tips for finding and utilizing empty space
- Ideas for modifying furniture and built-in spaces to add extra storage
- Step-by-step action plan to help you discover the best storage solutions for your space
You’ll find all sorts of ideas for making use of vertical space, finding and utilizing empty space, and modifying furniture to create even more storage.
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- 19 space saving ideas for your RV kitchen
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Kristin Hanes is a journalist who founded The Wayward Home as a place to learn about alternative living. She currently lives on a sailboat and in a Chevy Astro van, and has written articles about alternative living published in Good Housekeeping, Business Insider, Marie Claire and SF Gate. Read more about Kristin here.