How to organize small spaces seems to be a topic of great interest over on Pinterest. One of our top five posts here at TheTouringCamper.com is a post I wrote about camper cupboard organization. In that post I shared ideas for making the most of limited camper cupboards. Since then, though, we’ve found some additional ideas and products to help keep the camper organized, so we thought it was time to follow up with Conquer Camper Cupboards Part 2!
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One of the best improvements we made to the camper over the past 12 months was taking out the factory-installed couch and replacing it with the Ikea Solsta sofa bed. Although it’s lower to the ground than the old couch, it is so much more comfortable! And if we ever need to use it as a bed, it folds out into a narrow double bed. We also found a great storage ottoman at our local Ollies, which is great for stashing purses and other bags that typically clutter up our camper, but it also provides a nice place to prop up our feet. Finding products that serve dual purposes is key in small spaces! And if we ever need the ottoman out of the way, it folds up for easy storage.
Many campers come with cupboards or drawers already installed on the dinette benches, but our model did not. So our camping friend, who is a skilled woodworker, helped us add these beautiful doors to the area under our dinette. Now we can tap into all that extra storage space!
For our West trip, we found that these file boxes fit perfectly underneath. We can get three of them lined up underneath one side if needed. These are the bins that the kiddos packed toys, books, and stuffed animals into for our three-week adventure.
In the bathroom we found a few products to help us corral all the toiletries. We have a little shelf to the left of the bathroom cupboard, so I picked up a small Sterilite five-drawer organizer at Walmart (this is the one on Amazon, but this is for a lot of four of them) to organize makeup, hair ties, bandaids, cottonballs, etc. I had a basket organizer I wasn’t using at home and it fit perfectly next to the drawer organizer. (Jarrett also installed a toilet paper holder so we no longer had to deal with runaway toilet paper rolls.)
We had seen ideas on Pinterest about installing Ikea wall organizers, so we picked up the Bygel rail and then some organizers that hang on the rail. (I didn’t see the ones we purchased on the Ikea website, and they were on sale at the time, so it’s possible they are discontinued, but Ikea still sells these.) We installed one rail in the bathroom and another one above the stove. For the kitchen rail, we used this organizer (we were concerned the plastic ones would melt) and then we picked up some inexpensive metal shower curtain hooks (from Walmart) to use for hanging kitchen utensils. (I can’t seem to find my picture of the kitchen set up, but you can see it over on our Instagram account.)
Then we added two shower organizers. On the shower wall we attached the 3M Command bath caddy. So far it is holding strong–even when we dropped in this hefty shampoo bottle. Some people have told us the adhesive weakens over the winter, so we’ll have to see how it fares, but it worked great this summer.
The other bath organizer hangs from the shower curtain rod hooks and we bought it off of Amazon. If it get soap scummy, this organizer can be washed.
We found that the 3M Command strips also worked well to create additional towel hooks in the bathroom. I sewed a loop on each kiddos’ towel so they could easily be hung on the hooks.
In the cupboards above our TV the small Sterilite five-drawer organizer fit perfectly, too. So we put it to use organizing pens, pencils, rubberbands, stamps, and other office supplies for our West trip. A narrow hanging file bin fit on the other side of the cupboard so we could keep all of our campground information handy.
Our camper stove did not come with one of those covers that creates a workspace when the stove is not in use. Since counter space is at a premium, we picked up a large wooden cutting board that covers most of the area. Although we have to stow it away in a cupboard when we are going down the road, it is easy to pull out to create instant counter space. We also have a dish drying mat that we can put on top of the cutting board to create additional area to dry dishes.
So that’s the roundup of all the new camper organization strategies we used this past summer. Things went really smoothly with two adults, three kiddos, and one large dog sharing the same space for three weeks, and I’m sure that’s partly due to having a great organizational system in the camper.
What about you? Do you have any camper organization ideas to share? If so, be sure to comment over on Facebook.
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