Living in an RV definitely has its perks: you’re saving money, you can go practically anywhere, and you’re living life to your fullest. Among the adventure of this lifestyle, it’s no surprise that space is scarce in an RV. Here are a few tips on how you can save on space in your home on wheels!
Take note of everything you own and declutter.
Given you won’t have as much space as you would in your traditional home, you should take note of everything you have and what you need. Living in a smaller area simply means you’ll have to sacrifice certain items. When decluttering and sorting through your stuff, think about why you switched to an RV lifestyle. Are you saving to buy a house? Will this be your forever home? Are you traveling from place to place? Depending on your answer, you might not need to throw anything out. If you’re planning on moving into a house in the foreseeable future, you might opt to put some of your valuables or bigger items in storage. Sites like SpaceiShare help you find affordable storage spaces near you, usually for less than half a self-storage unit. Alternatively, if you are RVing for only a summer or a short period of time, consider renting out your unused storage and parking space while you’re away. Perhaps you’re helping out a fellow RV goer. (PS. You can also do that on SpaceiShare).
Blueprint your inventory & stuff.
It’s easy to get into your own head about where everything will go, especially in a tight space. The best solution is to visualize your space on paper. Map out how big your space is compared to your items. You might realize you have extra space this way! As this is a smaller space, make sure to include the smallest details in your layout – yes, even your pots and pans.
Find alternative storage.
Of course, cabinet and overhead spaces are crucial for an organization. However, most RVs do not have the luxury of those spaces unless you renovate them. This is why we recommend finding other storage options. Within your cabinet spaces, opt to use storage bins, dish cradles or lazy susans. You can also purchase the collapsable version of virtually anything you would like, from colander to cups! This will allow you to give all your belongings a home while eliminating that cluttered feeling. Moreover, cabinet doors can also be used as storage! You can attach hooks and pegboards on your doors and walls, which can be used to hang pots, pans and linen. Using your space vertically is key. There’s so much that can be stored on the walls.
Part of the RV experience is to get away from the stress and hustle of living in a home 365 days a year. You will have an experience like no other by learning to stray away from materialistic things and depend on the basics. It’s a very minimal lifestyle, so don’t try and clutter your RV with things you will most likely not use. You can always pick up much-needed items on the way and donate the items you’re no longer using. Again, if you are only living in your RV temporarily, consider storing your belongings so you can use your home space for other purposes (like renting out when you’re away).
If you need space or have extra space, SpaceiShare has got you covered! Check out their website to find or sell your storage and parking space.