Over a period of weeks last summer, we whittled down the items we absolutely had to carry with us. When we stopped to think about it, we realized that we only needed a limited amount of clothing. We had to include items for cold weather, but lightweight down jackets and sweaters could be compressed to take up limited space. Bulky items were left behind. We were able to fit in one dressy outfit for both of us, including a cashmere blazer for Tim.
Packing the RV was like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle. For an organizational nut like myself, this was an exciting challenge. What type of container would fit in this space? Would this one work better than that one? The Container Store and other organizational websites became my best friends. Finding unconventional and multiple uses for various products just added to the fun.
Tim and I prefer a minimal look, and every container had to be attractive and coordinated. I knew that everything would have to have its own place so we could easily find what we were looking for.
|Pretty Containers Fit Over the Visors to Hold Phones, Cameras, Etc.|
|Other Pretty Containers Fit Under the Sofa to Hold Larger Items|
|A Perfect Place for Shoes|
|Vertical Containers Hold Cereal, Cat Food and Crackers|
|More Things to Hang|
|Office Supplies Can Be Hung|
Since we have only one drawer, I knew we would have to store our shirts, sweaters and other items in the cabinets above the sofa. Tim and I would each get three cabinets, and that’s what eventually determined how many clothes we could take. Since everything would need to be stacked (again, think vertical), I wanted an easy way to reach items on the bottom without disturbing what was on top. I found flexible plastic boxes with attached lids that were intended to hold scrapbooking supplies. These boxes stack securely and now hold sweaters, pajamas, socks and underwear.
|My Three Cabinets Have Room to Spare|
|Clear Boxes Can Be Stacked|
My favorite find has been a Fold ‘n’ Stax system to store shirts. Maybe it’s a bit extreme, but we can fold our shirts, place each one on a divider and stack about ten shirts. The stack of shirts fits inside a Slide ‘n’ Stax storage cube, which keeps the stack from tipping over. The best feature is that the item on the bottom can be removed without messing up the ones above it. The system works exactly as advertised, and I absolutely love it. For me, it’s been no big deal to maintain it. I’m not sure Tim is as enamored of the system as I am, but he’s been a good sport.
|Shirts Are Stacked Neatly on the Right Side of the Cabinet|
From time to time, I’ll post some of the other solutions we’ve come up with to make our lives easier and our space more efficient.