Deciding to embrace the tiny living lifestyle is not an easy task for just anyone to undertake, and even though going that route comes with a host of rewards, there are also a fair number of challenges to overcome as well. Furthermore, when it comes to transitioning to tiny living in an RV, both the rewards and the challenges are amplified.
Living the RVlife may not be for everyone, especially those that may be, let's call them organizationally challenged, as it takes a significant amount of effort to ensure your tiny living space is both functional and organized. However, with a few storage tips, and a little effort, even the most cluttered of us can embrace, and even thrive, living the RVlife.
The secret to the art and science of travelling light in an RV can be broken down into these simple steps:
#1 – Take stock of your life
Even if you're not a classic hoarder in the network television sense, there is a good chance that you already have too much stuff. Don't worry, we all do. It's the whole reason the storage unit business is such a thriving industry.
They say the first step to overcoming any problem is first admitting you have one. The best way to do this is to take stock of your life through a series of lists As painful as it might sound, writing down a detailed inventory of everything you own is a sure-fire way to help organize the tiny living space of your RV.
#2 – The great purge
With full inventory list in hand it's time to make some hard and fast decisions on what to keep and what to get rid of (Hint: Your "get rid of" pile should be at least 10 times larger than your "keep" pile). A technique I like to utilize when it comes to my own semi-annual purge, if I haven't used it in a least a year I can probably do without.
Now of course purging does not have to be equated with throwing your possessions away. The "get rid of" pile can be further organized into smaller sub-groups: things you should sell – this can get you some serious capital for your RV adventures; things your should donate – build some good karma; and finally things you should recycle or properly dispose of – because tiny living should also be about leaving a smaller ecological footprint.
#3 – A place for everything, everything in its place
Now that you've sold off a few things, donated what you could, and properly recycled and disposed of the rest, it's time to find a home for everything else you have left. A good rule, if you can't find a place, you either don't need it, or you still have too many things.
If you are still having difficulties finding a place for everything, and putting everything in its place – even after paring down your keep pile – check out these bonus RV kitchen space saving tips to help you to fully transition to the RV tiny living lifestyle:
BONUS: RV Kitchen Space Saving Tips
In fact, we briefly covered the importance of incorporating versatile and space saving must-have gadgets into your RV kitchen – our favourite being the Instant Pot, which is an amazing multi-purpose cooker that replaces 6 kitchen appliances.
Another great tip is to repurpose magazine racks to help organize all your canned goods in your cupboard. Not only does it keep everything organized, but it also stops cans from rolling around or falling out of cupboards when you are on the road.
If we can leave you with just one piece of advise, in order to keep your tiny space organized all you really need to do is get into the routine of putting everything away, and its place, with that you'll be one step closer to mastering the art and science of RV tiny living.
What are your tips and tricks when it comes to tiny living in the RVlife? Do you have any gadgets or DIY suggestions you think can help? Let us know by leaving a comment below.