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There is something intriguing about going tiny and living the minimalist lifestyle. Tiny living in an RV or tiny home has been on the rise for many years now. More and more people are feeling the draw towards a simple life that allows one to have more experiences and less material items.
Maybe it’s the economy or the increased ability to make an income online that drives people to live in an RV or tiny home. Everyone has their reasoning, however, going tiny means downsizing and for the majority that means getting rid of a lot of stuff.
Now, if you live in a standard brick and mortar home, it’s easy to accumulate many things without feeling cramped. However, when you go tiny you start to recognize what you can and cannot take.
One thing to note also is living tiny can cause even the smallest individual to feel cramped. Small spaces tend to get messy a lot quicker which causes the space to feel less open, uninviting and cluttered.
Many RV’s do have some nice storage options with closets, shelves, under bench storage, and under bed storage. However, even with these storage options, it is easy to fill them up quickly and have your stuff overflow into your living spaces.
So how can you keep your RV space open, inviting, and free of clutter?
1. Stay organized and give everything a ‘home’
The greatest thing to do is to create a home for everything you own. There can be many items like shoes, blankets, keys, or kitchen appliances that can be used quite a bit and left out. When items are left out, this can begin to cause the cramped and cluttered feeling.
Some of my favorite items to use are baskets. They provide dedicated spaces for assigned items while also keeping things stylish and organized. Another great option is Command Hooks for hanging keys, jackets, and bags.
For us, we actually have two designated baskets for our shoes, one for my shoes and one for my husbands. By making sure we keep our shoes in the basket it frees up the minimal floor space in our RV from shoe clutter and minimizes the amount of dirt tracked into the RV.
So, Give every item their own home! Plus, when you need something you will know exactly where it is!
2. Get creative with both horizontal and vertical space
First, I want to mention an amazing book by Ashley Mann @RVInspiration called “Create Space From Thin Air“. Such a catchy title, I love it! This Ebook gives you some fantastic ideas on how you can best utilize the entire space in your RV by adding storage vertically and horizontally. You can download it here!
What do you mean Horizontal and vertical space?
Well, Horizontal spaces are the drawers, under bed storage, cabinets, and storage shelves, whereas, the vertical space can be a little challenging. Vertical storage space requires some creative thought. Some examples are hanging baskets on the walls or hanging musical instruments like a guitar, instead of it sitting on a floor stand.
So, get creative and utilize every square inch of your space and don’t forget to download “Create Space From Thin Air” by Ashley Mann @RVInspiration.
3. One thing in, One thing out.
This is a great tip to live by, especially when living the tiny life. If you decide to purchase something new like a pair of boots, or pillows it’s better to get rid of the old ones then try and store them in a small RV. You can do this by donating them if they are still in decent condition or just simply tossing them or recycling.
By following the one thing in, one thing out rule can prevent overcrowding the space, which will keep the space open, inviting, and free from clutter.
4. Keep it simple!
What do I mean ‘keep it simple’? Isn’t living in a tiny space of an RV already keeping it simple?
While living tiny is a simpler life, it is still easy to accumulate items for decor, outdoor activities, kitchen items, or more clothes and shoes.
Keep it simple is referring to multiple things. One, for example, is your wardrobe. It’s easier to have just basics that are extremely versatile. This is also called a Capsule Wardrobe.
Another example is RV’s decor. Too many pillows or overcrowding decor on the table or walls can make space feel crowded or cramped. RV’s are small spaces, therefore a little bit of decor can go a long way.
I hope these tips are helping! We love living tiny and do our best to utilize these 4 tips to keep our space open and inviting. It’s surprising how many people request to tour your RV, and the last thing I want is them to feel crowded or cramped while spending time in the small space.
Also, Keep in mind it can take time to designate items with there ‘home place’ as well as time to figure how you can use your vertical spaces more efficiently. If you haven’t downloaded the ebook “Create Space from Thin Air”, here is the link! (I do receive a commission if you choose to purchase through my link. Their is no additional cost to you.) It has some amazing ideas for storage in RVs.
If you’re living the tiny life I would love to know; do you have a tip on organizing or keeping your tiny space open, inviting, and free from clutter? Comment below!
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What great tips. We lived in a fifth wheel with two kids and a dog for a year and pretty much kept everything to a minimum. Great tips.
That’s awesome! Thanks, Pauline!
Funny. I was just thinking yesterday that I should treat my home more like I treat my RV. Thanks for the tips!
You’re Welcome, Nicki! Thanks!
Great tips! I really try to do #1, but I have a bad habit of stacking things instead of putting them back in their baskets. I definitely live by the Keep it Simple and 1 in 1 out rules though.
That’s awesome you guys live by that 1 thing in, 1 thing out. Makes life less cluttered! 🙂
This would be good for any room or home, not just the RV! Great tips, though ~ love me some organization!
Yes, love me some organization too! Thanks, T.M!
If I had an RV this would be key for me! I dont like clutter 🙂 great tips!!
One thing in, one thing out is such an important concept for any home, especially a small one. I work hard with my family to keep this in their mind. It makes a huge difference.
Absolutely! Thanks, Jennifer!
I think your tips would work well in a standard size home too! I need to follow the one thing in, one thing out rule!!
That one can be kind of difficult sometimes, but worth it! Thanks, Susan!
I love the one item in, one item out rule! That works for any sized home, to help prevent clutter.
Absolutely! Thanks, Cindy!
I currently live in a cluttered mess LOL I don’t know if I could do this… but I love the idea!!
You can do it, Jen! 🙂
These are really wonderful tips on staying free from clutter even at home. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you, Anna!
These are great ideas for any home, not just an RV! I love baskets too. I just wish they weren’t so expensive. Plus, my puppy thinks they’re chew toys!
Thanks, Ramae! Totally Agree, but I love them!
These are such helpful tips for small spaces and larger spaces that need organizing! Thanks for this!
Thanks, Susan! Glad to of help!
Great organization tips! These tips could be used anywhere!
I can use these tips for my house too!
Wonderful! Thanks for reading!
This is why I loved living in my RV. You have to be highly organized. It forces you to.
Yes, agree! Living small does force you to be organized and tidy!
Not only are these great tips for an RV, but anyone that lives in small quarters like a studio apartment! You always have the best advise!
Thanks, Holly! That so kind of you!
These are great tips. I don’t have an RV but I can use these ideas for our house.
Thanks, Julie! Hope these tips help 🙂
Clutter can be overwhelming. These are great tips that can apply to both a RV and a home.
Yes, Completely agree! Thanks for reading!
I’ve found the “have a place for everything” makes a huge difference no matter where you live. Things become so much less cluttered when they have a specific home.
Absolutely! I hope these tips help!
One thing in, one thing out is like the best rule of thumb I have ever heard! I need this just for my bedroom at my parent’s house hahah love it!
Thanks, Liza! It truly helps to keep things minimal and organized! Thanks for reading!
Nice post! I have to say I wish I was out there in my RV, too. A few more years and maybe I will be. Your site is very nice. Take care.
Thank you so much, Rich! That is very kind of you! RV Season is just around the corner!
Such great tips. We are still trying to get our RV more organized!
Thanks, Katie! Yea, it takes time 🙂
These are some great tips!
We just moved from a 2500+sq ft house to a 900sq ft trailer.
All 6 of us, 2 adults, 3 teens and a pre-teen.
The “cramped” challenges are so real!
Wow! Yes, the cramped and clutter challenges are real! I hope these tips helped 🙂
These are great tips! I can only imagine how easy an RV space could get cramped.
Thanks, Erica! 🙂