RV Storage Ideas

Last Updated on August 27, 2021 by Jessica


You need to figure out the best RV storage ideas to keep your sanity – I get it.

One of the most common questions new RVers ask is how they’re going to keep their new space organized. Even though you’ve drastically downsized, you may find that it is still a challenge to find a space for everything. When it comes to RV storage ideas, finding space for everything means getting creative.

With RV ownership increasing over 62% in the last twenty years, more and more people need to know and I’m here to help.

Here are some useful RV storage ideas that will help you organize your RV so you can maximize space and improve the functionality of your living space.

RV Storage Ideas

Effective Downsizing

The key to RV storage is to limit the number of things you have to store. Some things to ask yourself as you start to work towards minimalism include: 

  • “Am I currently using this?”
  • “Have I used this in the last 6 months?”
  • “Would I buy this item again?”
  • “Do I love this?”
  • “Am I holding onto this for sentimental reasons?”
  • “Do I have more than one of these?”
  • “Is there a way I can keep this without bringing it with me into the RV?”
  • “Do I know someone who could use this more than me?”
  • “Would I make money if I sold this?”

Most RVers find that even when they feel like they’ve drastically downsized, they still move into their RV with too much stuff. Consider keeping things in storage or asking family members to hold onto the things you can’t get rid of. The more you can let go of, the easier it will be to utilize RV storage ideas. 

Efficient Organization

Part of practical RV storage is organization. Similar things should be stored together for easy access. While it may make sense to buy tubs and bins and baskets, these things can take up a lot of valuable space. The goal is to organize your RV in a way that makes sense for you and maximizes the limited space that you have. Some ways to do this include:

  • Make sure everything you bring into your RV has at least two purposes, especially big items. A footrest may take up too much space, but a footrest that doubles as a place to store blankets or homeschool supplies would be a better option.
  • Opt for shampoo bars or 3-in-1 bottled soaps to reduce the number of bottles in your bathroom and shower area.
  • S-hooks will be your new best friend. Use them on the backs of doors to hang jackets and hats, in the kitchen to hang pot holders, or near the front door to hang your keys or purse.
  • Install hanging baskets to keep kitchen foods organized without taking up valuable counter space in the kitchen. 
  • Take the time to carefully organize drawers and cabinets so things aren’t falling out every time you open a cabinet (especially on travel day!) Avoid stuffing a cabinet or drawer full. 

Lists and Labels

Labeling things can also help you know what you have without having to search for it. Before you go out and buy bins, measure your under cabinet space to make sure they fit. Bigger bins can be used to store RV accessories like hoses, sewer adaptors, gloves, tools, and wheel chocks) Label the bins so that you can easily find things like medication, kids’ toys, and seasonal clothes. 

RV Storage Ideas

RV Kitchen Storage Ideas

Don’t live in a kitchen that’s a mess, use these storage ideas for your RV kitchen to organize it beautifully.

Under Cabinet Organizer Shelf, 2 Pack Wire Rack Hanging Storage Baskets for Kitchen Pantry
$17.99

That little space beneath you're cabinet you're not using can make a big difference. Using these wire rack hanging storage baskets for your RV kitchen areas is a must-try.

If you're worried about securing them, just put a mesh or bungie in front so nothing falls out during travel days.

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10/27/2021 01:32 am GMT
2 Tier Sliding Cabinet Basket Organizer Drawer
$24.87

If you have a big enough cabinet, you can put these basket organizer drawers in and get even more storage that is easy to reach.

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10/27/2021 12:07 am GMT
Over the Cabinet Door Organizer Holder
$14.87

Free up shelf space by putting this door hanging organizer on a kitchen cabinet door.

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10/27/2021 03:29 am GMT
Hanging Collapsible Trash Can
$19.75

When it's time to pack up, there's always that bulky trash can in the way. If you get this hanging, collapsible trash can for your RV, you won't have to worry about that.

It will be out of the floor or you can collapse it and put it away.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT
9 Nesting Bowls Set with Mixing Bowls Measuring Cups Sieve Colander
$36.13

You don't have to pick and choose which bowls and measuring cups you have to leave behind when you use these nesting mixing bowls and measuring cups that fit in the colander.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT
Collapsible Camping Kettle - 42 Ounce Capacity
$20.99

For all you fellow tea drinkers out there, this is a game-changer. Fold it up and put it away whenever you're done.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT
Roll Up Dish Drying Rack Over Sink (17.8 in L x 11.2 in W)
$10.88

This little space-saving hack is really easy and doesn't take up a lot of space to store. You don't want to put damp dishes in your RV cabinets and this can help.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT
3-Tier Hanging Basket Fruit Organizer
$21.99

This is obviously for fruit, but you can use it to store pretty much anything small in your RV.

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10/27/2021 02:54 am GMT
Paper/Plastic Plate Dispener- Holds 125 9 inch Plates
$5.62

Keep your paper and plastic plates up out of the way using this dispenser. You can put it under your cabinets or even put it on the side of your cabinet.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT
Walnut Magnetic Knife Strip, Wood Magnetic Knife Holder with Powerful Magnets - 15 inch
$19.96

Keep your knives where you can find them when you're cooking.

Please don't leave your knives up while you're traveling. I mean, it could stay, but let's not take any chances.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT
Airtight Food Storage Containers Set - 7 PC
$32.97

Using square containers means you can fit more without wasting any space. Airtight containers are also helpful because your food won't attract little critters.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT
Dry Food Dispenser, Dual Control
$38.69

I have these and we keep cereal in it so the kids are able to get their own cereal. We used to have our cereal go stale sometimes but not with these.

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10/27/2021 12:07 am GMT
Bamboo Wood Lazy Susan, 10-Inch
$14.23

Lazy susans are cool little spinning plates that allow you to get to everything on whatever side of the plate. They can be very helpful in small RV spaces.

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10/27/2021 12:07 am GMT
Pan and Pot Lid Organizer Rack Holder
$15.87

Keep your pots and pans in order with this pan and pot organizer. Don't worry about a messy pot and pan drawer anymore.

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10/27/2021 12:07 am GMT

RV Storage Ideas

RV Storage Ideas for Clothes

One of the biggest challenges RVers have when it comes to staying organized is finding a place for all of the clothes. Even if you get rid of a lot of your clothes, you’ll find the storage options in most RVs don’t have a lot of closet/drawer space, and it only gets more complicated the more people you have. Here are a few RV storage ideas for clothes:

5 Shelf Hanging Closet Organizer 12 x 11 ½ x 42-Inch
$11.99

I don't hang a lot of my clothes up, so putting this in my side of the closet helped out a lot and made it easier for me to find everything.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT
Folding Drying Rack, Wall Mount, Includes Over-Door-Bracket For 1 3/8-Inch Thick Doors Only
$22.52

You can have some extra space to hang clothes by using this folding drying rack. If your doors are the right size, it's easy to use the over-the-door bracket or you can mount it to the wall.

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10/27/2021 01:29 am GMT
Large Capacity Clothes Storage Bag Organizer with Reinforced Handle
$16.99

Easily see what clothes are in your storage with these storage bags. They can be better for some areas than hard storage containers.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT
Hat Organizer Holder for Hanger (2 Pack)
$12.99

If you've got a lot of hats then this is a simple way to organize them and not take up a lot of space.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT
Wide 4 Pocket Magazine Rack
$33.91

If you fold your clothes the right way, you can fit a lot of the smaller clothes in this magazine rack.

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10/27/2021 01:55 am GMT
Linen Folding Storage Ottoman Cube Footrest Seat, 12 X 12 X 12 Inches
$18.49

Enjoy a spot to sit for a bit and also store some things inside. No one has to know there's stuff in there. Great hiding spot.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT

RV Storage Ideas

RV Storage Ideas for Bathroom

Living in an RV means getting used to smaller spaces, and the bathroom is probably the smallest of them all. Strategically organizing your bathroom will help you use the space effectively. Here are a few RV bathroom storage ideas:

Over Cabinet Strong Steel Towel Bar Rack
$12.99

Sometimes RVs don't have a good place to put your hand towel. This over cabinet steel towel bar makes it easy to have your towel where you need it.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT
Zenna Home NeverRust Rustproof Tension Pole Shower Caddy, Satin Chrome
$86.99

Tension poles are a good solution for your shower storage needs. If you get a good one, you can even leave it up on travel days when you're hitting bumps.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT
Clear Reusable Heavy Duty Vacuum Suction Cup Hooks
$7.64

These hooks can go just about everywhere and keep all of your important bathroom things organized.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT
Cotton Ball, Swab, and Q-tip Storage Set, 1-Piece, 3-Compartments
$13.98

You can keep all of your little bathroom stuff together and easily see how much you have since it's clear.

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10/27/2021 02:59 am GMT
Towel Shelf with Double Towel Bar Rack Organizer
$58.00

You can put this in your RV bathroom in a place that lets you store your towels high up but in an easy-to-reach area.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT
Toothbrush Holder Wall Mounted with Large Capacity
$17.99

Keep your toothbrushes up out the way and store some of the other things you need in your bathroom.

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10/27/2021 02:43 am GMT

RV Storage Ideas for Shoes

Did you sneak in more shoes than you meant to? Use these RV storage ideas for shoes to save space and keep as many shoes as you can.

Extra-Large Under Bed Shoe Storage Organizer
$13.89

If you've got a lot of shoes, this extra-large shoe organizer can hold all of your shoes and lie flat anywhere you want to put it.

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10/27/2021 01:22 am GMT
Hanging Shoe Shelves

Small space but still want to have your shoes in order? This is a great way to get your shoes together but without too bulky of a storage container.

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3-Tier Stackable Shoe Shelves Storage Utility Rack
$23.97

Not too large of a shoe storage space but if you can be minimalist this is a great storage spot.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT

RV Storage Ideas

RV Storage Ideas for Kids’ Stuff

You don’t really realize how much stuff your kids have until you have to make it all fit in an RV. Toys, books, and clothes take up a lot of space, and some of these creative storage ideas will help you maintain your sanity while giving your kids a safe, clean, and organized place to play. Check out some of these genius RV storage ideas for kids’ stuff:

Foldable Storage Bin
$25.99

These are really cute and they can keep all your kids' things in order.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT
2 Pack Toy Storage Hammock
$12.97

You can get those toys up out of the bins and hang them up out of the way.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT
Soft Fabric Wall Mount/Over Door Hanging Storage Organizer

Soft fabric so if you need to squish by, you can easily do so. Not too thick so it shouldn't get in your way.

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RV Storage Ideas

RV Storage Ideas for Outdoors

RVers spend a lot of time outside and end up with a lot of tools, play equipment, and outdoor accessories.

There are patio chairs, bikes, golf carts, kayaks, and yard decor, not to mention all of the other RV basics like hoses, wheel chocks, and leveling blocks. To truly enjoy your outside living spaces, you need to keep it all organized. Try some of these storage ideas for the outside of your RV:

Trash Can, 19 X 24-inches
$16.99

This trash can is pretty small but big enough to help you keep your outdoor trash in order.

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10/27/2021 12:08 am GMT
Plastic Storage Bin Tote Organizing Container with Durable Lid and Secure Latching Buckles
$54.99

Keep your outdoor things out of the elements in these secure plastic storage bin totes.

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10/27/2021 12:09 am GMT
Adjustable Cable Strap Multipurpose Hook and Loop Cable Ties Wire Management
$10.49

Keep all your cords, hoses, and other messy outdoor things in order with these ties.

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10/27/2021 03:20 am GMT
Pipe Grip
$3.82

Put fishing rods, umbrellas, and brooms on the roof to hang.

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10/27/2021 03:34 am GMT

RV Storage Ideas Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Can I really fit all of the stuff I need into an RV?

Answer: Yes, it’s very possible to live out of an RV. It may take you some time to get used to it.

Question: Can I put too much stuff in my RV?

Answer: Yes. You need to make sure you don’t load your RV down over what your tow vehicle can haul.

RV Storage Ideas – Wrapping Things Up

Now you have some great RV storage ideas so you can use them to organize your RV life. I know it can feel frustrating when you’re trying to keep everything together where you can find it.

Do you want to learn more about RVing? Check out my article about full-time RV living with kids.

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Hi, I'm Jessica. Myself, my husband, 4 boys, our cat, Draco, and our dog, Patton spent 2.5 years RVing America full-time. It's an experience I'll never forget and I hope you get the opportunity to do something similar if that's what you want too. Make sure to bookmark the website and share it with a friend that wants to do the same.

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