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There never seems to be enough storage space in an RV bathroom, but these storage caddies and organizational gadgets and accessories can help you stay organized no matter the size of your camper or motorhome’s interior. (Of course, these ideas would be good accessories for a house, apartment, or dorm room, too!)
RV Shower Storage & Organization Ideas
Whether or not your shower has built in storage, the shower can be a great place to add extra storage.
Below are several different types of shower caddies that are popular with RV owners. Shower caddies aren’t limited to shampoo storage, though! Many shower caddies could also be hung on the outside of a shower or even on a wall using adhesive hooks.
A basket designed to be hung on a cabinet door can just as easily be hung over a glass shower wall:
You can also buy a shower curtain with pockets built right in:
A tension rod spanning across the top of a shower makes a great place to hang storage baskets with no damage to walls.
A wall mounted shampoo and soap dispenser can eliminate the need for bottles altogether.
A classic corner shower shelf like this one is wonderful if you have space for it. A shower isn’t the only place a corner shelf can be used to add extra storage, either. I have one in another corner of my bathroom (there’s a picture later in this blog post) and another one in my living room that I set plants on. 😀
My RV has shelves in the shower, so I made “walls” out of plexiglass to prevent items from falling off the shelves while the RV is moving. As an added bonus, the walls make it easier to store bottles upside down when they are almost empty. You can read about how I made the walls for my shower shelves in this blog post.
Adhesive caddies can be placed wherever they are needed. Their use is not limited to the shower, either; they could be hung on a wall or cabinet door anywhere in an RV.
Using Doors for Adding Storage
Here is another picture of my RV bathroom. This over-the-door storage organizer is so useful that I have three of them in my RV. Also in this picture you can see how I used a corner shower shelf for storing toilet paper.
Over the door is a good place to hang towels, either for daily use for for storage. An over-the-door towel rack may be hung on a glass shower door or wall, as well:
Since it’s just me and my husband in our RV, I prefer just a single robe hook for hanging my husband’s towel on our bathroom door. Since it’s screwed into the door, I chose one that matched the hardware in my bathroom so that it would add rather than detract from the value of the RV.
This cabinet can be hung on a door or mounted on the wall. It’s made for jewelry, but if you’re the handy type you might be able to adapt it for storing other things as well.
Use RV Cabinet Doors for Storage
Cabinet doors are another good place to add extra storage. One tip I will share from experience, though: Make sure you measure the width of any over-cabinet organizers to make sure they will fit on your cabinet door, and allow plenty of clearance on both sides for the door to swing shut.
The company that makes the caddy below sells several different styles of over-cabinet organizers, which you can see here.
One RV owner used metal Command hooks to hang inexpensive storage baskets on the door of her bathroom cabinet.
The back of a cabinet door is another good place to make use of a cut-up shoe organizer, as well.
Update 10/2019: One of my subscribers emailed me to ask if I knew where the two-tier shelf in the picture above came from, and I found it on the Home Depot Website (not available in all Home Depot stores) and it’s actually really cool! It adjusts to whatever width you want and leaves room for pipes under the sink. Here’s the link: 2-Tier Under Sink Organizer
I have two of these towel bars – one on a cabinet door for my hand towel, and one on the inside of my shower door where I hang a towel I use as a bath mat.
On the wall
Any time an RV owner mentions that he or she hung something on the wall, someone wants to know how it was hung. For some heavier items, the best way, used by many RV owners including myself, is to use screws. However, unless you can find a stud to drill into, you run the risk of the screw stripping out of the wall, like in the picture below. (This towel bar was either factory installed or hung by our RV’s previous owners, and
I haven’t gotten around to fixing it yet.)
Update 2/2020: I finally did fix it! I used some really heavy duty metal self-drilling wall anchors and now it’s very sturdy!
In order to avoid this situation, any time I hang something with screws in my RV, I first put in drywall anchors, like these:
I understand that some RV owners are against the idea of drilling holes in the wall. For some other options, I suggest that you check out this blog post I wrote called 8 No-Drill Wall Hanging Methods.
Once you’ve figured out how you plan to hang things on your walls, here are some ideas for what to hang on them.
Baskets are a good way to add extra storage to your walls, like these RV owners did:
This RV owner may very well be the queen of bathroom organization!
Personally I really love these wall baskets. I have three of them on the wall next to my front door, but they could probably be useful in a bathroom, too. (Just be careful about mounting them near the floor if you have cats–my cat thinks the lowest basket makes an excellent scratching post!)
Mason jars can also make for attractive and functional wall storage. You can learn how to make something like this here.
A similar system was improvised in this RV by attaching wire to Mason jars and an inexpensive plastic basket and hanging them from a towel bar. You could possibly do something like this using an adhesive towel bar and S hooks if drilling holes is a concern.
As I mentioned before, shoe organizers can be cut up and used in various locations throughout an RV.
A wine rack like this makes a good towel rack and looks nice on the wall, especially if your towels follow a particular color theme.
Adding Storage to the Bathroom Vanity
Many items in a bathroom need to be within easy reach of the sink. Here are some ways to maximize the space in that area.
These RV owners were constantly having things fall into the space between the sink and shower where they were difficult to reach, so they added an extension to the countertop that not only prevents things from falling but adds extra space to set things. Notice their use of a wire caddy as wall storage, as well.
Here is another idea for utilizing that same area, an otherwise useless gap between the shower and cabinet:
You can free up space on the counter by mounting a soap dish to the wall. (Okay, I’ll be honest–I just really love this soap dish and wanted to include it in my bathroom blog post!)
These wooden drawers could be mounted to the bottom of a cabinet for storing smaller items.
Another idea for storing small items is with plastic drawers like these (check Dollar Tree for a similar product!).
An adhesive towel bar in this RV keeps these items from sliding off the counter while an RV is in motion.
The owners of this RV cut the legs off a corner shelf, spray painted it, and hung it using Command hooks. I’m not sure where they purchased their shelf, but you could probably do the same thing with this one. A couple of adhesive corner shelves could work, too.
Around the toilet
I love this idea for extra toilet paper storage. I wonder if a DIY version could be made using a handled basket and dowel rods?
Another toilet paper storage option, this is actually a cheap plastic bag holder from Ikea (also available on Amazon).
If you have a narrow space in your bathroom, a pull out shelf like this might be a good fit.
In the cabinet
The owner of this RV added plexiglass to keep items that have shifted around during transit from falling out of the cabinet when the doors are opened. These could be easily installed using clear acrylic mounting tape, which is easily removable.
Small organizational baskets, which can be purchased at Dollar Tree or Walmart, can help save space in a cabinet and keep things from shifting around. Command hooks be used to mount them on the back wall of a cabinet to make use of vertical space.
Elastic and staples keep this bathroom medicine cabinet neat and tidy, even when the RV is in motion.
Even the back of a cabinet mirror can be used for storage! Not originally my idea, but I decided to try it: necklaces hung from these Command hooks (which I had spray painted for a different project). If you do this, just be sure to stick the hooks where they won’t bump the shelves when you close the cabinet. 😉
One RV owner who did this taped a sheet of bubble wrap to the back of the mirror to keep her necklaces from banging against the hard surface every time the door was opened and closed. A piece of felt would probably work nicely for that purpose as well.
One RV owner shared this photo of a jewelry organizer her husband made for her by attaching sheet metal to the back of the mirror.
(If you need more ideas for storing & organizing jewelry, I wrote a whole blog post about the topic!)
Another way to use the back of the mirror for storage is to attach adhesive magnetic tape to the back of a cabinet door to hold small metal items such as bobby pins and hair clips.
For more ideas for organizing and storing things in a camper or motorhome, check out my RV organization resource page!