Challenges of full-timing include getting rid of clutter and keeping things organized. Two weeks ago in Atlanta Debbie and I presented our seminar on “Organizing Your RV, Smart Storage”©. We learned from the RVers who attended and contributed comments. One of the attendees mentioned adding a drawer under the dinette table. It puts at your fingertips things that you might use at the table.Last week we stopped at a nearby Camping World to pick up an ordered part. Of course, we browsed the store to see if we “needed” anything. We stumbled upon this drawer and it looked just right for us. We decided to mount it facing toward the kitchen end of the table instead of toward the benches. The drawer closes snugly underneath the table, out of sight. It is not deep, so is not in our way as we slide in or out of the bench. Now we’re working out how to ensure it doesn’t open and crash to the floor on driving days.
Yesterday Debbie solved another issue for us. We’ve been using a 1/2 gallon zip-loc bag to hold our clothespins and short clothesline. Often we find ourselves line-drying some or all of our wash. The zip-loc bag was fine for storing the pins but wasn’t adequate for dispensing or collecting them. But we had no way to hang the clothes pin bag and the plastic bags get to looking awful.Debbie designed and sewed this nifty two-pocket bag. It has a pocket for pins and a pocket for two pieces of nylon cord. The velcro flap allows hanging over the clothesline open for dispensing, or securing the flap closed for storage in our outdoor storage compartment. Handy! Another spin-off from our great seminar is our successful effort organizing the front roof locker and book well today. We removed excess books, notebooks, and music CDs to our storage unit. These comprised two small grocery bags full, and a lot of weight. The book well looks far better.
When Jim installed the control plate for the new antenna amplifier switch, he had to move a bunch of stuff out of the way to work in the front roof locker. Similar to a dresser top or a desk drawer, lots of small things landed up there. Would you believe six eyeglasses cases? Three pocket flashlights, a few small tools, several pens and pencils, some stereo cables, several harmonicas, and a pair of binoculars were obstructing his access.
Today Jim relocated a few of these things. Some are in the new under-table drawer, some in the truck, some to donate, and two small cases are now in the book well. The front roof locker now only has the television and two small storage totes. It is far neater.
Next we’ll tackle the rear roof locker — stuff seems to float around up there. Not much there, but scattered across the width. Maybe we’ll find a few things to dump and can just neaten up the remainder.