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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.
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.
Here are some other nifty cabinet door organizers used by RV organization genius Kathy Johnson.
Here are the organizers she used (or something comparable when I couldn’t find the same one), clockwise starting from top right:
- Paper grocery bag organizer
- Cabinet door rack (check Dollar Tree for this one!)
- White plastic sponge caddy
- Over cabinet towel bar hanging from sponge caddy
- Wrap & bag organizer
- Over cabinet door wire caddy
- 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.
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.
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.
I love this measuring cup holder, which Kathy’s husband made for her using latching cup hooks.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more RV kitchen ideas, check out these other blog posts I’ve written: