Maybe you saw some of the videos before of our stockpile and storage areas and are wondering how we keep all that in our 400 sq foot camper? Today I'm going to show you how we make the most of our storage space and how we are still able to have a stockpile, even in such a small home.
So come on into our camper and see how we do small space storage...
In our camper we actually have very little undercarriage space. The majority of what we do have is taken up by batteries, propane tanks, and the water and sewer tanks. Our ceiling inside the rv is higher than normal so we have less space under neath because of that as well.
We store a few random things in the bottom of the camper. The nice thing about this area is that it's heated just like the main part of the camper because our camper has a true 4 seasons package. Nothing underneath will freeze so I'm safe to store foods and other items there.
In the bottom we have a big tote of bathroom supplies (new toothpastes, deodorant, shampoos, ect). Extra bathroom tissue and facial tissue is actually stored in the bathroom where I have a very narrow (but still fits a lot) cupboard. We also have a couple big buckets from some of our bulk foods underneath the camper. Much of the rest of the storage space under there is filled with my home canned foods. These we have in totes and crates and Jar Boxes (we are replacing the crates with the JarBoxes so nothing clinks together while moving) and they are fairly easily accessible from the side. I do keep a couple jars in my kitchen so I don't have to go outside in my pjs each time I want peaches on my oatmeal!
Another thing we will store under the camper is water. Water storage will be very important to us in the winter just in case our heated water hose freezes. I plan to store 2 weeks worth of water for all of us. (1 gallon per person per day is recommended). I found these Reliance 6 Gallon Water Storage Containers at my local Walmart but they are a very seasonal item...I see that Amazon carries them too. For more on storing water you may want to read this post -- Storing Water. A little more on water... we also have a Berkey Filter(HIGHLY recommended) in the camper to purify any drinking water AND we hooked up a whole house filter onto our house (we won't be able to have that in the winter though).
Moving on to inside the camper. We really only have a few main places for storage in here. The biggest being the loft. Our camper came with a loft (2 beds) which are above the bunkhouse room. We don't use these beds for sleeping since it's just the 3 of us but we do use them for storage! On one side I have some blankets stacked and our boxes of winter clothes (each of us has 1 tote of winter clothes). On the other side I have 2 large totes that are my "pantry". Any food items that we don't need right away or might have 2 of go up here. Instead of having to continually check what is up there, I made a list of all the items in my "pantry" and mark things off when I use them. This also helps for my monthly food budget orders because then I know exactly what I need when I make my meal plans for the month.
That's pretty much it. Of course we have normal, everyday use items in various places around the camper but those are the places where we keep the majority of our "stockpile". What happened to the rest of what we had? We got it of it. When I cleaned out the house in preparation to move into the camper we either gave away or sold all the food and health and beauty items that we were no longer using. It turns out that we had a lot still of things that we weren't going to use and no longer needed (such as wheat berries...we are gluten free now!). I only kept what we were going to eat and as for health and beauty...most of that went since we primarily make your own everything now with a few simple ingredients.
How do you keep your stockpile in a small space? How do you manage it and keep it efficient? What small space storage ideas do you have?
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