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Space-saving tips for your camper kitchen

If you’re used to having a standard-sized kitchen, it can be a bit of a challenge to adjust to the galley-sized one in your RV.

The first rule is to only bring what you need, which means plan your menu ahead of time, pack just the amount of ingredients you’ll need, and bring multi-purpose pots and pans. If you like cooking over an open fire, an inexpensive portable grill or portable campfire ring can do the trick without having to rely on what’s available at the campsite. (More advice from experienced RV-ers is in our 4 tips for camper cooking success post.)

Then, try these space-saving ideas.

Under-the-cabinet storage

Experienced RV-ers know that extra storage space can be found in a variety of places, and one of these is under your wall-mounted cabinets. Products such as those by Get Keepers provide dropdown shelves that can be used for everything from coffee K-cups to silverware to spices.

Another idea from Kayla of The Wandering RV is to attach a sheet of metal to the underside of the cabinet, then put magnets on the back of your cutting board—a quick and easy way to keep your board out of the way but still within reach! (Read more tips from Kayla here.)

You can also install a small towel bar and then use S-hooks to hold some of those larger kitchen tools (spatulas or tongs, for instance)—an idea that Kevin and Jennifer of Tiny Camper Big Adventure also use on their galley hatch lid. Finally, get the paper towel off the counter by mounting a holder under a cabinet.

Inside-the-cabinet organization

Luckily, there’s no shortage of cabinet organization items, from lazy susans to tiered plate holders. Small crates and bins help organize items in the cabinet—another tip from the Tiny Camper Big Adventure post.

The Container Store and Wayfair both have a range of storage ideas, from two-tier bins to undershelf baskets.

On-the-cabinet door ideas

Those darned pot lids… If you can’t figure out how best to store them, use this tip from Kayla: mount a wrap-around curtain rod or towel bar on the inside of the door and then slip the lids into the space. The lid handles will hold them in place. (See her post for a visual, and test a lid with the rod to make sure the space will work.) Or order a Lid Rack Cabinet Door Organizer from Wayfair.

The cabinet door is also the ideal place to install an over-the-door trash bag holder, such as those from Wayfair. (Don’t like over-the-door ones? Try a door-mounted RV trash can.)

It’s all about making the most of the space you have, so you can have more time for RV fun!

 

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