RV Space Saving Ideas: The Ultimate Guide

The ultimate list of RV space saving ideas! Almost 100 ideas, with pictures and links!

RV storage ideas for organization and saving space

 You’re about to learn the absolute best RV storage ideas of all time.

In fact, you’ll learn:

One of the most challenging parts of living (or even just vacationing) in an RV is definitely the limited space. RV storage is very limited.

Kayla and I dealt with this problem transitioning from our 2-story, 2-bedroom apartment to a 31-foot RV…

So, we interviewed fellow RVers, came up with some of our own organization ideas and found some online. All that research allowed us to come up with the ultimate list of space saving ideas for your RV or small space!

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5 Tips Before You Begin…

1. Take Stock

Write down everything you have. I know, this is a monstrous task, but there really is no better way to organize your RV or small space than by knowing exactly what you have.

2. Purge the Useless Items

Do you really need 12 drinking cups and 20 plates? Unless you have a huge family, I doubt it. I’m a culprit, too. I have 3 pairs of sunglasses. I don’t need them, but… y’know. Everyone has those things they just don’t want to get rid of.

As fulltimers, we plan to get rid of everything we don’t use at least once per year. If you’re not a fulltimer, I recommend doing this after every RV trip.

3. Designate a Place for Everything

And I do mean everything. Keys, your fly swatter, loose change, bike helmets — you name it. It’s the only way you’ll ever get your RV to stay organized.

4. Use the “One In, One Out” Rule

This is a great way to stay on top of your organization goals. Anytime you bring something new into the RV, the old one should go out. For example…

If you bring a new sweater into the RV, an old sweater should be removed.

This rule will help you upgrade old stuff without keeping tons of unnecessary clutter. (Kayla hates this rule, she’s gotta have her clothes! She’s getting better though!!)

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5. Stick to a Cleaning Schedule

With a house that moves, you have to put everything away before you start your drive. However, when you stay in one spot for any length of time (we sometimes stay at one site for over a month), daily cleaning can be overlooked and clutter builds up. No amount of RV storage ideas will help you if you don’t develop a routine.

We have a daily morning routine of cleaning up after breakfast.

Once we’re finished eating in the morning, Kayla and I like to take 20 minutes to wash the dishes and pick up anything lying around. By doing a small pickup session daily, the cleaning is more manageable and never becomes a huge hassle.

Now — on to the RV storage ideas!

RV Kitchen Space Saving Ideas

1. Put a Free-Standing Drawer Unit in a Cupboard (Secure w/ Bungee)

RV space-saving cabinet drawer unit

These cabinet-sized drawer units are pricey, but if you have the money they can be one of the best ways to use space that may otherwise be wasted. Kayla and I don’t use them because of the price, but we’d love to have them if we had the extra money! Secure them with bungee cords to keep them from opening on the move.

2. Get an Over-The-Door or Door-Mounted Trash Can

RV space-saving over the door trash can.

A trash can on the floor takes up a lot of space… but you need a trash can. Trust me – Kayla and I went weeks without a trash can in the RV and it’s a huge pain. This over-the-door trash can saves space and is totally out of the way!

3. Use Storage Bins

RV space-saving storage bins
Image from: www.gonewiththewynns.com

Storage bins are probably the number one most important piece of the RV organization puzzle. We have a dozen, and could probably use two dozen more. You can use them in cupboards, drawers, and in the outside storage compartments. Label them for bonus points!

4. Use Fold Up Tea Kettles

RV space-saving collapsible tea kettle

Cookware can be the biggest space sucker of all the items on your RV. If you like to heat your water with a kettle, getting a collapsible tea kettle will save you a lot of room and headaches. You can also get collapsible colanders and even collapsible pots!

5. Replace Mixing Bowls with Nesting Bowls

Save Shelf Space with nesting bowls

Nesting bowls are really awesome. We basically stopped using bowls in the RV until we found these because they just take up so much room. One of those “bowls” is actually a colander, which is great.

6. Use Dish Cradles

Save even more space in your RV cabinets with dish cradles.

These are way up on our wish list. Stacking dishes vertically in a dish cradle makes them take up less space and, more importantly, makes it easier to get them out without needing to take anything off the top of them.

7. Install a Hanging Basket

Rv kichen organizer: hanging baskets

If you can find a spot to put a hanging basket, they’re great. Kayla and I don’t really have anywhere we could put one, so unfortunately, we don’t have one.

8. Get a Sink Rack

RV kitchen space solution: roll up sink rack

Having an above the sink rack, rather than a countertop one, frees up that precious counter space. This model even rolls up for easy storage.

9. Install a Peg Board

RV space organizer: Pegboard

We don’t have a spot for one of these ourselves, but I wish we did. A peg board on the wall looks like a really cool, easy way to organize the unorganizable: pots and pans.

10. Buy Tons of Suction Cup Hooks

Save space in your RV without damaging walls by using suction cup hooks

The suction cup hook pictured above is from our shower, and this thing works wonders! I love anything you can use to hang stuff without putting holes anywhere because we’re planning on selling our RV when we’re done and want to keep it’s value.

11. Fruit Hammocks

RV organizer: fruit hammock

If you’re like us and can’t find room for the hanging baskets, these fruit hammocks might work for you instead. I like them because the fruit ripens evenly so you don’t get spots over-ripened.

12. Paper Plate Dispenser

Organize your RV with a paper plate dispenser

Another item high on our wish list is this awesome  paper plate dispenser.

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13. Fold Out Spice Rack

RV space solutions: Fold-out spice rack installed under a cupboard

This spice rack can be installed right under a cabinet, and will save tons of cabinet and counter space. It beats our system – we have all the spices in a storage container, which is a pain when you have to dig out the one you want.

14. Dangling Mason Jars

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This one’s cool, and affordable. Just get some mason jars and screw them into the ceiling to store small stuff!

15. Wall-Mounted Magnetic Strips

Organize your knives with a magnetic strip

A wall-mounted magnetic strip is high on our wishlist as a way to store our knives. Put them away while driving, though – you don’t want them to come flying off the wall if you crash!!

16. Magnetize Your Cutting Board to the Underside of a Cabinet

Save precious counter space with a magnetized cutting board

Get some magnets to install on the back of your cutting board, and a sheet of metal to install under your cupboard: Boom, your cutting board is organized and out of the way.

17. Use Curtain Tension Rods Vertically

Organize RV cupboards with curtain tension rods placed vertically

You’ve probably heard of using curtain tension rods in cupboards to keep things from falling out. But, have you thought of using them vertically to organize things? Try it out!

18. Over-The-Sink Shelf

RV space saving ideas: Over-the-sink shelf

If you can find a way to stabilize it, an over-the-sink rack will add some much-needed kitchen space.

19. Airtight Square Canisters

RV Square storage containers

Tupperware is one of the greatest things for storing food, but they can be hard to organize, to say the least. These square canisters (which are also airtight) are great for maximizing your storage space!

20. Spice Gripper Clips

Organize your spices with spice grippers

Like I said, spices can be a pain to organize. These are another item high on our wishlist – spice gripper clips!

21. Magnetic Spice Holder (Use Caution!)

Camper storage saving magnetized spice rack

These are super popular, so I wanted to mention them. Just be wary of these magnetized spice racks, because Nikki Wynn from Gone With the Wynns said they didn’t work well for her. Maybe she didn’t set it up right, but I’d rather not deal with spice all over my floor to find out.

22. Knife Safe by Camping World

Store knives with a knife safe by camping world

A good alternative to the magnetic strip for storing knives is the knife safe by Camping World. I’m still not sure I would leave them in this while driving, though.

23. Food Dispensers

Store and organize dry food with a food dispenser

Wall-mounted dry food dispensers are a great way to free up some cupboard and counter space. Just put the contents in and toss the packaging! It makes it easier to get to your food, too.

24. Floating Wine Rack

Camper space saver: floating wine rack

A floating wine rack probably isn’t your first idea to store wine glasses in your RV, but hey, you gotta have dreams of wine, right?

25. Lazy Susans

RV Oorganizer Lazy Susan
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If you don’t know what a Lazy Susan is (I didn’t before I did some research on organization), it’s basically a plate that spins (just like the glass plate in your microwave). They are awesome! You can use them in the fridge or in cupboards to easily get to stuff in the back.

26. Divided Organizers

RV drawer and cupboard organizer: drawer divider

These divided organizers are another great way to save space. You can store drinkware, clothes, accessories, and more! You can create your own with a box and some cardboard dividers left over from packages if you want to be thrifty.

27. Use Towel Rods to Hold Pot Lids

Organize pot lids in camper with curtain rods on the back of cupboard doors

Pot lids are the worst things to find space for. They are awkward and never sit right. Just use a curtain rod to hold them on the back of a cupboard!

28. Under-Shelf Baskets

Create more storage space with under-shelf hanging baskets

You can use under-shelf baskets to add more storage space to your cupboards – and under the shelves in your fridge!

29. Organize Bakeware with a Pan Organizer

RV Organization Tips: Organize bake ware with a pan organizer!

Who says pan organizers are only for pans? Put your baking trays in them, too!

30. Magazine Rack Can Organizer

Organize cans in your RV with a magazine rack

You can use magazine racks to organize the cans in your cupboard; plus, it will stop them from rolling around and making a mess.

31. Bungee a Trash Can to the Wall

RV space saving idea: Bungee a trash can to the wall using two eye hooks

Sometimes an over-the-door trashcan is just too small, and you need something bigger. Just take a bigger trash can and use some bungee cords and eye hooks to tie it to the wall; viola, a mobile-ready trash can that’s out of the way!

32. Use Old Wipe Containers to Store Plastic Bags

Store plastic bags using an old wipes container
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Plastic bags tend to accumulate and take up way too much space. Instead of stuffing them in a dark corner of your RV, use an old wipe container to organize them!

33. Repurpose Coffee Creamer Containers

RV space solution: re-purpose coffee creamer bottles to store food
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If you’re a coffee lover like we are, you’ve probably thrown out a lot of coffee creamer bottles. Next time you find yourself running out of creamer, keep the bottle, clean it, and reuse it to store food! It takes up less space than most packaging.

34. Combine a Shower Caddy with a Command Hook to Make a Produce Rack

Store produce on a shower caddy!
via MyFridgeFood

35. Store Garbage Bags on a Paper Towel Holder

Store garbage bags on a paper towel holder

Paper towel holders can be used to hold tons of different things. Use them to store your garbage bags for easy access!

36. Or – Store Them in an Old Juice Bottle

Store garbage bags in an old juice bottle

If you can’t find space for a paper towel rod, an old juice bottle will work to store bags. It may not store the whole roll, but it’s an easy way to get your bags out.

37. Collapsible Trashcan

Save space in your RV with a collapsible trash can

If you haven’t already figured it out, I love collapsible stuff. This collapsible trash can takes up virtually no space, and it has plenty of room as an everyday trash can.

38. Thumbtack Sandwich Baggies Inside Cabinet Doors

Storage idea for RVs: Thumbtack sandwich baggies to the back of a cupboard
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Thumbtacks can perform miracles. Just pin your sandwich baggie boxes right to the back of a cupboard!

 

RV Space Saving Ideas for the Bathroom

39. Make Your Own Towel Caddy

Save space in your RV shower by making a caddy out of towels!
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If you’re a creative type, you can combine a towel with some buttons and sewing skills to create one of these cool shower caddies.

40. Use a Shoe Organizer as a Towel Holder

Shoe organizers to organize towels

via Pinterest

41. Hanging Containers

Store toiletries using hanging containers from Ikea!
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I couldn’t find the plastic containers from Ikea they used in the picture, but you can use these ones from eBay instead.

42. Elastic First Aid Holder

Organize your RV with a custom elastic first aid holder!

All those creams and ointments can get pretty unorganized if left laying in the medicine cabinet. You can easily store and organize them by stapling an elastic band around them to hold them in place!

43. Create a Toiletry Holder with an Old Coat Hanger

Organize your toiletries using an old coat hanger and binder clips.
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You can use an old metal coat hanger and some screws to keep your toiletries organized and in place as you travel.

44. Hook Dispensers

Save counter space and make it easy to get to your aluminum foil by installing hooks on the wall!
via askannamoseley

You can take a page out of Anna Moseley’s book and install some hooks in the wall to create an aluminum foil dispenser. It keeps the box from taking up room on the counter and makes it easy to get to; win-win!

45. Storage Pods

RV Space Solutions: Command Strip Containers to the Wall

Use command strips to hang plastic toiletry holders!

46. Handmade Extra Toilet Roll Storage 

Store extra toilet paper rolls with this handmade solution.

They’re a little pricey, but if you like these extra toilet paper roll holders, you can get them on Etsy.

47. Shampoo Dispenser 

Save space in your RV's shower with a shampoo dispenser.

Our RV shower has this nifty shampoo dispenser. There’s a big lack of shelf space in our RV shower, so this comes in handy.

48. Command Strip Broom Holder

Organize brooms and mops with a command strip broom gripper
via electricallyvintage

Organize your brooms and mops with a command strip broom gripper.

49. Command Strip Necklace Holder

RV space organizers: Command Necklace Holder

My grandma got us this necklace organizer for Kayla, and she loves it. It’s the best way to store her necklaces while also making them easy to get to.

50. Collapsible Laundry Basket

Save space in your RV with a collapsible laundry basket

If you need a laundry basket in your RV, try this collapsible one to save some space!

51. Laundry Bag

RV space saver: Laundry bag

Alternatively, you could do what Kayla and I have done and get a laundry bag. Ours isn’t like this backpack version, though – we wish it was!

52. Store Bobby Pins in an Old Tic Tac Container

Store bobby pins in an old tic tac container.
via lovelyindeed

Try out this cool project by Chelsea from Lovely Indeed. Turn an old tic tac container into a bobby pin holder!

53. Hang Spice Racks for Bathroom Supplies

Store bathroom supplies on Ikea spice racks.
via Pinterest

Paint Ikea spice racks to match your bathroom cabinet, then use them as storage shelves for bathroom supplies.

54. Over-the-Cabinet Hair Dryer Holder

Store your hairdryer under the bathroom sink with this hanging caddy!
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The container store sells this nifty over-the-door hair dryer and supply caddy.

55. Tape Together Coffee Cans for TP Storage

Store extra toilet paper in coffee cans
via Pinterest

You can cut the bottoms of some old coffee cans and tape them together and paint them to match your decor! Easy toilet paper storage.

56. Use a Dry Foods Container as a Small Waste Basket

Use a dry food storage container as a small bathroom trash can

If you’re looking for a small, out-of-the-way trash can, use an old dry foods container.

RV Bedroom Storage Ideas

57. Remodel Your Bunkbed Into a Closet or Office

One of the biggest pains in an RV is having space used for something you simply don’t need or want there. If you have a bunk bed, but don’t use it, you probably feel the same way. If you’re feeling crafty, try converting that space into an office to get the most out of every square inch of your rig.

58. Portable Filing Folder Bag

RV organization tips: file folder bag

Keeping good records is really important, especially for those of us self-employed. It can be hard to find room to keep track of this stuff, which is why you should get one of these.

59. Make a Storage Headboard

Organize things above your RV bed with this headboard spread
via DoItYourselfRV

If you’re good at stitching, this is an interesting project to undertake. It could double as a shade for the window behind your bed if you have one.

60. Caddy Night Stand

Create more storage space in your RV bedroom with a bedside caddy!

Bedroom space is lacking in most RVs (besides under the bed, but who wants to pick up their bed every day?) A caddy night stand could solve that problem for you!

61. Fold Your Clothes to Fit Into a Small Space

Create extra storage space by folding clothes to fit into a smaller space
via Pinterest

62. Use a Shoe Box for Decorative Storage

World map shoe box
Another item given to us by my grandma, these cool decorative shoe boxes make an excellent storage box.

63. Organize Hats with a Clothes Hanger and Shower Rings

DIY hat organizer using a clothes hanger and shower hooks
via Pinterest

64. Use a Shoe Organizer for Extra Shelves

Put a 3 tier shoe rack in a cupboard for extra shelves

A shoe rack can actually fit in many RV cupboards. Use it for extra shelf space!

 

Living Room Space Saving Ideas

65. Velcro Remotes

Organize remotes with velcro!
via Pinterest

Kayla and I did this with our remotes, and we love it! We used these velcro squares.

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66. Store Flashlights with a Broom Holder

Store flashlights with a broom holder
via Pinterest

Get another command strip broom holder to store your flashlight by the door for easy reach.

67. Get Shelves with Side Hooks

Put extra towels and hats on hooks on the side of a shelf
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I couldn’t seem to find these online anywhere. If you know where to get them, let me know!

68. Door Catch Hideaway Hooks

Use a door catch as a hideaway hook

Hide your coat or towel racks using door catchers.

69. Create a “Quick Drop Zone”

Store sunglasses and keys with this DIY "Quick Drop Zone"
via TheShabbyCreekCottage

Create a “Quick Drop Zone” to store small things like keys and sunglasses right by the door for easy access.

70. Use Magazine Racks for Odds and Ends

Store odds and ends in magazine racks
via creativeaccumulation

71. Paper Roll Rod

Store paper for the kids in a hideaway location

If you have kids who like to draw on paper, try this project to install a paper roll under a cabinet.

72. Inside the Door Storage

Add extra storage space to your RV door with a net
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This is something you can easily make yourself, or you can just buy it.

73. Desk Lamp w/ Power Outlet

Add an extra power outlet to your RV with a desk lamp

This tip is less for organization and space saving, and more for supplying your RV with a power outlet you can reach without bending over. Our RV has a power outlet under the dinette we use when we’re working on our laptops, and it is a pain to get under there to plug stuff in.

74. Storage Cubes Turned On Their Sides

Organize cupboards with storage cubes turned on their sides

This is another idea we got from Gone with the Wynns.

75. Peel & Stick Cord Organizers

Organize cords with a peel and stick cord organizer
via Pinterest

Sticking with our theme of not putting holes in the walls, these peel and stick cord organizers are great for making your cords look pretty. Most of your cords are hidden anyway, but it’s always nice to see cords actually organized.

76. Get an Ottoman

Get extra RV storage with a collapsible ottoman

Collapsible ottomans are great for adding extra storage and utility. Plus when you’re not using them, you can put them under the dinette or fold em up.

 

RV Basement/Outside Storage

77. Add More Rear Storage

RV tow storage

Our current RVing neighbor has a tow cargo carrier attached to his fifth wheel for extra space. Sometimes the best RV storage ideas are the ones that simply add more space to store things!

78. Make the Most of Your Tow Vehicle

Use your tow vehicle as extra storage

You can put kayaks, bikes, extra storage and more in your tow vehicle. Make the most of it!

79. Hang RV Hoses

Hang your RV hoses to make extra space in your outside storage

One way to do this is by hanging nylon velcro strips.

80. Mounted Ceiling Supplies

Organize brooms and other supplies by mounting them to the ceiling in outside RV storage closets
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Use pipes and brackets to mount supplies like brooms, umbrellas, fishing rods and more to your outside storage ceiling.

81. Mesh Bag for Water Hose

Store your RV hoses in a mesh hose bag
via BudgetBedFlys

You can find them here.

82. RV Water Hose Splitter

Get easy access to a second hose with a water splitter
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Another tip that isn’t exactly for storage, but more for convenience. Easily wash your RV, clean your black water tank, or whatever you need an extra hose for. Get one here.

83. Reusable Grocery Bags

Reusable grocery bags for RV storage

You can use these for groceries (duh), but you can also use them to store extra stuff in. We have a bunch of cleaning supplies in one of ours. You can get them at most grocery stores or on Amazon.

84. Mount Electrical Adapters

Mount electrical adapters to keep them organized

 

Other Miscellaneous Space Saving Ideas

We have more space saving ideas but weren’t sure which category to put them in or didn’t want to make a separate category for only one or two things. Here they are!

85. Over-The-Seat Organizer

Over-the-seat organizer for motorhomes

Who says you can’t use your motorhome’s seats as extra storage? Get one here.

86. Pull Out Surfaces

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We wish we had more pull out surfaces. Hidden counter space is one of the best RV storage ideas you’ll ever head. You can build some if you’re interested in DIY.

87. Command Hooks

Organize your space with command hooks!
via DIYncrafts

We LOVE command hooks. They are a super easy way to organize your stuff and save cupboard space. Check out DIYncrafts awesome guide to using command hooks for some great ideas!

88. Insta-Hangers

Save space in your RV using insta-hangers which hide away when not in use!

These insta-hangers are pretty cool. You can use them to organize the clothes in your closet, or to hang up your nice outfit while you iron it. When you’re done, they snap down and hide away!

89. Combine Hooks with Metal Containers

RV space saving idea: Hang metal containers from command hooks

This is one of my favorite camper storage ideas. It lets you get really creative!

90. Vacuum-Sealed Bags

RV space saving idea: Store extra clothes, blankets, and pillows in a vacuum sealed bag

If you’re bringing extra pillows, blankets, or clothes with you in the RV, these vacuum-sealed bags are an excellent way to keep them fresh and save space.

91. Chalk Paint

Use chalk paint on your RV fridge!

We used chalk paint on our fridge to help us remember what to do before we pack up and drive.

92. Get a Toolbox

RV space saving ideas: Get a Toolbox!

You need tools if you’re going to spend time in an RV. You never know when something’s going to break – I’ve used my toolbox 5 times in the past week alone. Check out Ditching Suburbia’s fulltime RVer’s toolbox article for tool ideas.

93. Use a DVD Binder Instead of Cases

RV space saving ideas: Store your DVDs and CDs in a binder!

DVD cases take up a lot of space. Ditch the cases and get a DVD/CD binder instead.

94. Alternatively, Take Everything Digital

Instead of using your precious storage space on a DVD binder, download all your movies onto an external hard drive (here’s a guide). You can also keep all your music on there (or just use Pandora). Heck, use an e-reader or kindle instead of carrying physical books, while you’re at it!

95. Use More Tension Rods

RV storage solutions: Use tension roads for storing almost anything!
via likemodern

We’ve found there to be a near endless use for tension rods. You can hang spray bottles on them, hang baskets on them for extra storage space, or use them vertically to organize stuff.

96. Store Things in Tackle Boxes

RV Organization Tips: Store odds and ends in a tackle box!

Tackle boxes aren’t just for fisherman. You can store all kinds of odds and ends in them!

97. Install a Ball Storage Net

RV space saver: store sports balls with a net!

If you’re into sports, it can be difficult to find a place to store all your equipment. Try installing a storage net!

98. Magnetic Tape

RV space saving ideas: Store small metal objects on magnetic tape!

Magnetic tape can be super useful for storing small metal objects on the wall.

 

There you have it – the ultimate list of RV space saving ideas!

What are your favorite RV storage ideas or space saving ideas? Let us know in the comments below.

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