How to Organize Small Spaces

by Merissa on May 17, 2013

in Fulltime RV Living, Organization 101

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Let me tell you something...a small space gets messier and more disorganized MUCH faster than a large space. The reason is simple...less space to be able to organize in! But somehow we still learned how to organize in small spaces and how to make the most of the space that we do have in our rv home. Here are some spaces that we have organized, what they looks like, and what they contain.

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Files

We ditched our huge file cabinet and kept only papers that were actually needed (and important documents went in a safe). I found this small filing box at Walmart for around $15. This small box is much easier to manage and can be stored under the bed or in other small, unobtrusive places.

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Fabric Drawer Dresser

I created this little "dresser" with fabric storage boxes and a square shelf unit that we picked up at Target. It works excellent for little baby clothes since they are so small and can't really been hung up anyways. Onesies, little pants, sleepers, ect fit perfectly in here. We also purchased one of these shelf unit's for the bottom part of the inside of me and my hubsand's closet but we didn't use the fabric drawers for ours, instead we chose to just use it for folded clothing such as t-shirts, jeans, ect.

 

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Plastic Drawers

I have these placed all over the camper! One unit we use for office supplies, another for craft and sewing items. This one pictured is in the baby's space and holds everything from toys, to my cheap cloth diapers, to "school" supplies, to sock and hats! They are very useful and fit in our closets and in corners of the rv that aren't good for many other things.

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Plastic Containers

I picked these plastic containers up for just $0.97 each at Walmart. We use them to organize small baby items (thermometers, saline spray, ect) in the baby's room and I also use them to organize some of the small items in the bathroom medicine cabinet. They are great for some small items that I was afraid might leak or spill! These have proved to be a very useful organization tool for such an inexpensive simple little thing. They were especially useful on a recent trip that we made...nothing spilled and everything stayed in it's place!

I'm sure there are more ways how to organize in small spaces but these are some of the things that we use and do to make our lives easier. In a small area we end up cleaning several times a day and I've had to create a fairly detailed "chore chart" to make sure we keep up with everything, but it's nice to know that everything has a place here and if it doesn't have a space we will likely find a different home for it and give it away.

What are some other small space organization ideas? Do you use any of these things in your home?

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1 BaschaW May 17, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Those shoe holders that you put up on the wall? they are amazing for organizing/keeping things together. I have one full of embrodery thread and the ones at the bottom my daughter keeps her colors in, I even have one for nail polishes, etc.

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2 Khrista May 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm

I live in a 5th wheel, Its 35 ft long and its usually fine for my hubby and i however when my grandkids come to visit we get a lil cramped! The gkids laundry was a huge problem, Where on earth to put it!? I decided to make laundry bags that would hang on a 5 tiered towel rack we already had in our bathroom. I cut the arms and necks out of t shirts and sewed the bottoms closed These bags will hold 2 loads of laundry each and the shoulder part makes a great handle! I used a different color to represent the color of the load of laundry the bag contains.

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3 Bobbye May 19, 2013 at 4:20 am

Love these ideas.

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4 Patricia May 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm

yes, I’ve used the fabric bins like you have. I just rescued one from my daughter “garage sale leftovers” heading for donation. I organized the small toys that the littles play with at my house. I have one bin for VEHICLES and one bin for CHARACTERS… the 3rd bin is for baby toys I still have a very small grand baby and one on the way…so those baby toys are separated.
I use the clear drawers too , like you for first aid, meds, toiletries and such. We have a very small bathroom in our house. So these help. I did away with the clear shoe boxes due to space to keep them…but I have baskets in the bathroom. They are easier on the eyes!
The one area that needs the most work for us…is paper! You’re ahead of me on that one. It’s a horrendous mountain! In desperate need of being tackled.

I’d love a tour of your RV …have you posted that already, or is it coming soon. It looks like you have a baby bed on board. I’d love to see how you have added it into the furnishings.

Thanks , Pat

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5 Andrea May 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm

What a great post! I love the quote at the beginning. I enjoy organizing things, and have recently learned how useful baskets and containers are. Your idea for inexpensive plastic containers for baby items and medicine cabinet goods is great – I will have to pick some up next time I am at Walmart :)

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6 Tami Lewis May 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I live in 450 sq ft with my family of 9 and I couldn’t do it without those drawer sets! I use them for everything!! So enjoying this series!

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7 Darween November 20, 2013 at 2:55 am

@Tami Lewis …… WHAT?!?!?

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8 Kaara January 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm

How in the world! Tammi Lewis you must be wonder woman ! 3 bedroom 2bath house, 2 kids under 4, hubby works on the road, and I’m about to go bonkers here! We salute you for sure!

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9 CATHY GROSS February 2, 2014 at 4:47 pm

We moved from a 2400 ft house to 1400 feet, which I know is huge to some but small to us. Secured with screws, we hung clear shoe bags inside every closet door. My husband’s holds his socks, rolled into pairs and his belts, lint brush, etc. My shoes are the only ones small enough to fit in the shoe slots, so my shoes live in mine. In the spare bedroom I have the slots filled with office supplies, rolls of ribbon, bank deposit slips, stamps, envelopes, etc. The coat closet holds knit hats, gloves, sunglasses, scarves, sweat bands, etc. Each slot could be labeled with family members names. I simply and carefully cut along the middle seam of bags too wide for the doors to accommodate. These have been in use for 7 years and still look new.

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