As RVers, we can never get enough space saving tips, especially when it comes to RV closets and drawers. Here are 5 things you can do to get the most out of your clothes storage…
Clothes are perhaps the most frustrating thing to store in your RV, as you constantly have to change them. Depending on when and where you travel, you may need completely different wardrobes from trip to trip.
The problem is that instead of changing wardrobes on every trip, we end up with too many clothes that we don’t actually wear in the motorhome.
The best advice I can give you is to minimize your wardrobe and polish it before every trip. But the reality is that you’ll likely have more clothes than closet space, especially if you’re traveling with companions.
Thus, instead of only telling you how to minimize your wardrobe, I’ll share some tips on how to pack After in the same space. Next, I’m going to share tips on minimizing!
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How to Install PLUS in RV Closets and Drawers
The truth is that a lot of storage space is underutilized because we don’t store things there properly. This is especially true for RV closets and drawers.
We can maximize space by making small changes that add up to a big difference. Here’s how…
Roll, don’t bend
This is one of the best tips I can give you for storing your clothes in your RV. Roll your clothes that fit in a drawer. Don’t bend them!
There are two big reasons for this:
- Rolled clothes take up less space than folded clothes.
- Rolled garments are wedged next to each other so you can easily grab one item without digging under another. When we stack folded clothes, they inevitably get dirty and take up even more space.
Exceptions to this rule:
- Jeans are better folded than rolled. Stiffer material will try to unroll but lay flat. So, in the case of jeans, you should fold them or, better yet, hang them in the closet.
- Baggy clothes do not roll well. If you have a vest, jacket or baggy pants, good luck rolling it! You can roll them up and wrap a rubber band around them, but they still tend to flare out and take up too much space that way. It’s best to store these items in a ziplock bag (more on that shortly).
Mike and Jennifer’s summer t-shirts for your next adventure
To make your rolling even more efficient, you should separate your larger drawers into compartments.
Even if you store the same thing in the drawer (i.e. all the underwear), the compartments can help keep everything tidy while you use the items throughout the week.
These adjustable drawer dividers are one of the many options you can find to compartmentalize your drawers.
When it comes to RV closets, you also want to make the most of vertical space and shelving. These shelf dividers serve the same purpose as drawer dividers. I think they are better than putting baskets on a shelf because you can easily reach and grab what you need from the section.
However, baskets or collapsible storage bins can work well too.
Compress and contain
I’m sure you expected me to include vacuum storage bags in this list, and I am. They’re really handy for storing poofy bedding and clothes that you don’t use every day. However, they are not useful for storing everyday clothes.
For clothes you need to compress and contain (like that puffy winter vest), I recommend cube bags. These are zipped bags that come in all sizes. Eagle Creek offers a range of these storage cubes, including compression sets.
These bags are perfect for holding all those hard-to-fold (and hard-to-keep-folded) clothes. This includes “slippery” garments, such as silk or lightweight blouses, and irregularly shaped items such as scarves, belts and gloves.
Agree to do the laundry
My next space-saving tip is not about products but more about mindset. Many campgrounds (and even RVs!) have washers and dryers. Thus, it is not necessary to pack enough clothes for your entire trip.
Instead, you can pack HALF the outfits for the different purposes you need. For example, instead of a week’s worth of hiking gear, you only pack three. Or three or four t-shirts instead of seven.
Then you just embrace the idea of doing laundry on your trip. There’s usually plenty of free time spent at your campsite that you can enjoy while doing laundry in the background.
Organization experts always recommend that you do a seasonal cleaning of your closet at home. They say, if you haven’t worn it in the last 6 months or the last season, donate it!
I recommend doing the same but every roadtrip or two. If you haven’t worn this beach sarong the last two times you’ve been to the beach, take it out of your motorhome! If you wear the same sweatshirt every time you travel to a cold place, take out the other two sweatshirts!
You always think, “Well, I strength need that”, and it’s normal to pack like that the first time. Or even the second time. But, on the third time, you have to be honest about the odds of using it.
Now, when it comes to seasonal clothing, I have another great tip for you! When you take seasonal clothes out of your RV, put them in organization bags like the ones I recommended in the “Compress and Contain” section above.
That way, when that season returns, all you have to do is put the bags back in your RV drawers. No more browsing and packing your clothes every season!
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