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7 Organization Hacks for RV Kitchen Cabinets

Clever ways to maximize kitchen storage space.  Here are some ways you can maximize the space in a camper or motorhome.
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Clever ways to maximize kitchen storage space.  Here are some ways you can maximize the space in a camper or motorhome.

One thing there never seems to be enough of in an RV is kitchen storage space.  Here are some ways you can maximize the cabinet space you do have in your camper or motorhome.

1. Utilize cabinet doors as storage.

Hanging organizers on cabinet doors is my favorite way to add storage to my RV kitchen.  Just be sure to measure before you buy!  A few times I’ve purchased a storage caddy to hang on a cabinet door only to find it was too big and prevented the cabinet door from closing.

I love baskets like this one (which I spray painted gold) because they can be hung just about anywhere.  I’ve seen RV owners hang them over shower walls and even from the trim along the top of a slide-out.  I added a piece of removable acrylic mounting tape to the backs of the hooks on mine to provide extra cushioning to protect the wood, and to keep the basket from sliding around during travel.

An over cabinet basket is a good way to add #storage to an #RV #kitchen.

I also use a cabinet door for paper towel storage, although I don’t recommend the one I bought because it moves around too much when I tear off a paper towel.  I am actually thinking about replacing it with this one or this one.

This vertical paper towel holder hangs on a cabinet door in our #RV #kitchen.

Here are some other nifty cabinet door organizers used by RV organization genius Kathy Johnson.

Cabinet doors can be used to add extra #storage space and help #organize an #RV #kitchen.

Here are the organizers she used (or something comparable when I couldn’t find the same one), clockwise starting from top right:

  1. Paper grocery bag organizer
  2. Cabinet door rack (check Dollar Tree for this one!)
  3. White plastic sponge caddy
  4. Over cabinet towel bar hanging from sponge caddy
  5. Wrap & bag organizer
  6. Over cabinet door wire caddy
  7. Wrap & bag holder

You can also add cork tiles to the inside of a cabinet door as a way to hang items like the measuring cups and spoons in this picture.

Adding cork board to the inside of a cabinet door is a good idea to help #organize and save space in an #RV #kitchen.

2. Don’t waste the space at the top of a cabinet.

By hanging items from inside the top of a cabinet you can make sure no space goes unused.

One way to do that is by hanging a rack from the ceiling of the cabinet.  This one was purchased at Dollar General; you could also use a wrap holder like this one. Or, you could cut the arms off this type of under cabinet organizer and hang it using mug hooks or heavy duty adhesive hooks.  Here’s a deeper type of stackable basket you could try using as well.

Empty space at the top of a #kitchen cabinet can be used to #organize wrap and bags in an #RV #kitchen.

I figured out a way to hang pot lids from the roof of one of my kitchen cabinets by using tool hooks from Dollar Tree.  I haven’t been able to find these hooks anywhere else, but you could maybe do something similar by installing a beam of wood across the middle of the cabinet’s ceiling and mounting U-style tool hooks on it.

Pot lids hung from the top of an #RV #kitchen cabinet to save space

I love this measuring cup holder, which Kathy’s husband made for her using latching cup hooks.

Mugs hung from hooks in the top of an #RV #kitchen cabinet

He also made this rack for hanging mugs using the same hooks.  You could try buying one, but Kathy said when they tried a store-bought mug rack they had trouble with the cups falling off on bumpy rides.

Mugs hung from hooks in top of #RV #kitchen cabinet

3. Use deli containers as food storage.

Do you have a cabinet that always seems to be overflowing with plastic food storage containers?  You can cut down on the space requirement for food storage containers by choosing to use just one type.  I chose to use plastic deli containers because they come in three different sizes yet all share the same lid.  Also, I get them for free when I purchase food in bulk at health food stores or when I take home leftovers at certain restaurants.  You can buy them cheaply online, too.

Using plastic deli containers for leftover food storage can help save space in an #RV #kitchen cabinet.

Here you can see how I used deli containers to organize dry goods this cabinet.  They’re perfect because they’re stackable and lightweight.  I labeled them using chalkboard labels and a chalk marker.  The day I organized this cabinet I was too impatient to drive to the store looking for organizer baskets to hang on the inside of the cabinet door, so I made these out of cardboard covered with fabric.  The original Command hooks fell down, so I stuck them back up with acrylic mounting tape (I use that stuff for everything!).

Plastic #storage containers and DIY baskets hung from cabinet doors with Command hooks help me organize my #RV pantry cabinet.

4. Install a slide out cabinet rack for hard-to-reach areas.

RV owner Debra Jones found it difficult to access items in the back of the cabinet under her stove, so she installed a Rev-a-Shelf pull-out rack to solve the problem.  I love how she removed the cabinet door and attached it to the front of the wire basket using the Rev-a-Shelf door mount kit.

Slide out drawer added to #kitchen #cabinet under #RV stove

5. Use tension rods to hold things in place during travel.

You can even purchase wood grain tension rods to match the color of wood cabinets.

A tension rod can help keep things in an #RV #kitchen cabinet in place during travel.

6. Store pans, baking sheets, and plates vertically.

My cabinets aren’t tall enough to do this, but I love the idea of using a rack like this one to store these items vertically to keep them separate during travel.

Baking pans and dishes stored vertically inside #RV #kitchen cabinet

7. Add extra shelving.

It bothered me to have so much wasted space under my kitchen sink, so I added this shelf to be more efficient.

Easy way to add a shelf in an #RV kitchen cabinet.

Wire shelves like these are a great way to add organize smaller cabinets.  You can buy them on Amazon, but they are usually cheaper at places like Dollar General.

I actually bought a bunch of those wire shelves for my own RV cabinets…but then I found another method for adding shelves that’s just as easy and would have been even cheaper since I have so many cabinets.  This method uses wood and mounting tape to create extra shelving, and I find it to be much sturdier than the wire racks, plus you don’t have the problem of smaller items falling between the wires.   You can read more about how I built the shelf pictured below in this blog post.

Easy way to add a cheap, removable shelf to an RV

For more RV kitchen storage ideas, check out these blog posts:

25 Storage Tips & Ideas for Organizing Tiny Kitchens

Ideas, tips, and tricks for organizing an RV Kitchen

5 RV Pantry Cabinet Problems & Solutions

Storage and organization ideas for #RV kitchen pantry cabinets | #motorhome #camper #traveltrailer

9 Space-Saving Spice Storage Ideas

Spice storage ideas for tiny RV or small apartment kitchens

8 Fruit and Root Vegetable Storage Ideas

Ideas for storing fruit and root vegetables in tiny RV kitchens

I also wrote a whole ebook about ideas like this – fill out the form below to have me send you a free chapter!

Clever ways to organize and save space in a #camper, #motorhome, or #traveltrailer #kitchenWays I organize and save space in my #RV #kitchen


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11 comments

  1. Linda 27 July, 2018 at 23:31 Reply

    Great ideas, you can not have enough cupboard space in an RV. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Kathy Joneson 29 July, 2018 at 18:04 Reply

    A tip on containers–square ones make more efficient use of space than round ones. I like Lock-n-Lock because even the square ones are truly airtight, watertight, and insect-tight.

  3. Carrie 21 August, 2018 at 12:07 Reply

    This post is amazing. I wish this blog existed when I started RVing!

    I remember how hopeless I felt when I realized our kitchen only had one cabinet…. and it was very tall but thin. We actually removed the microwave and built a cabinet in it’s place for extra storage, but we also discovered the joy that is wire shelving!

    It’s still a major challenge keeping things organized and it’s usually a mess, but I’m glad that I have a post like this to reference when I need to create more space for stuff.

    • Ashley Mann 21 August, 2018 at 16:57 Reply

      Aw, thank you so much for the kind words! Actually I wish this blog had existed when I started RVing also, but the fact that it didn’t then is the reason it does now! 😀

  4. Ellen @ If It Brings You Joy 20 September, 2018 at 20:41 Reply

    Really good space-saving ideas that make good use of space that would otherwise be wasted. I don’t have an RV but I do plan to use some of these ideas in my home. One other idea that I have in my bathroom….. I hung a hanging shower caddy on the inside of the cupboard door. I store hairspray, special lotions, etc.

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