Space is a precious commodity in a Class C. Our redesign added as much additional storage as we could create in the available space but this was no where near enough. We had a staging area set up in the house where we placed and packed what we were planning to bring. Loading day came and we began the task of hauling it all out the Rv – we weren’t an hour into this when we realized there was a problem.
The number of cloths we could bring was greatly over estimated. Though we had the attic closet, the bed side dressers two drawers and a small closet each, we were seriously over estimating the available space. Yet another “culling” had to occur. This was much easier for me, than it was for my wife. I’m sure she’ll tell her tale at some point and I’ll leave that to her. For me, I tossed a few pairs of jeans, split my T-shirt pile in half, picked 3 pull overs and I was good to go!
Well, not really of course. There were still the “seasonal” items that were required, rain gear, cold weather gear, warm socks, super hero footy PJ’s, etc.
We also like to hike and camp, so room was required for those items. Sleeping bags, shoes, blankets, it turns out also take up space.
Add in various board games, computers, printer, food, sundries, appliances, cooking tools, pots and pans,flash lights, dog leashes, purses…the list adds up very quickly, as you can see.
Great care and discussion ensues when a new item wants to come live with us. Almost always an old item must be sacrificed in order to make room for the new one.
Creative storage is also a must do. Hooks solve many issues, we have hooks every where – hooks for keys, hooks for towels, hooks for dog leashes, flashlights…if it can go on a hook, it does!
Velcro – is an amazing storage aid, anything that can be velcro’d to something else, is. Not only does it help in organizing but it secures items while you are moving, as well as provides a small degree of cushion.
Multi-level designs – Our laptops mount on stands above the desk top, this makes the area under the laptop usable space, even while you are using the laptop. Cutting board that drops in over the sink. A drop in table over the toilet to add counter top in the bathroom. Things like this become required to make the most use of the available space.
Power strips – The original plugs for 120v were sparse. We solved this with the use of fused power strips. These also add an additional layer of protection against over loaded circuits. One mounted in the kitchen to the wall (velcro!) serves all the needs of the kitchen area. One in the bathroom serves there as well. We also ‘installed’ one in the bedroom and in the office area. We used “switchable” ones that provide a separate switch for each plug, thus enabling them to be used somewhat like control panels to turn on/off various items remotely. This also works well when we are not on shore power to manage electrical items we’d rather not run on battery power.
We eventually manged to pare down out stuff to enable us to fit it all. Then 3 months in, we had a “cleaning day” and re-homed half the stuff we thought we just had to have, but that is another story.