Feeling inspired to KonMari your RV? Spring is the perfect time to start fresh and declutter. Here are some our tips for decluttering, and strategies to keep it that way through the season.
1. Take inventory
We often end up bringing along more than we need because we’ve forgotten what’s already been tucked away in our RV from past seasons. Start your decluttering process by going through every cupboard, closet, and storage space, and taking a good look at what’s there. Discard things that are broken, no longer needed, or have never been used.
2. Find things that do double duty
The more functions one item can perform, the fewer items you need to bring along. This is especially true when it comes to kitchen supplies in your RV. Bowls that will work for both food prep and serving, a metal colander can both strain and be used as a steamer basket for veggies when placed over a boiling pot of water, and mason jars can serve as a cup, food storage, candleholder, or even a vase for wildflowers.
3. Toss expired food and streamline bulk buys
The unwanted, expired food lurking at the back of your cupboards is taking up prime real estate. Do a quick sweep through your kitchen, discarding food that’s been hanging around too long, or things that you simply never get around to making. If you buy in bulk, only pack along what you need for your upcoming trip, leaving extras at home to be restocked later in the season.
4. Embrace all things stackable and nesting
Consider how items will fit into your cupboards when you’re purchasing kitchen supplies for your RV. Anything that nests and stacks neatly will save space and keep your cupboards tidy.
5. Make a meal plan
Meal planning is the best way to reduce food waste, and only bring along exactly what you need. You can go one step further and do some meal prep before you leave, packing chopped veggies or marinating meat into stackable containers.
6. Embrace a minimalist wardrobe
With the limited closet space in an RV you have two options: spend your time wrestling clothing in and out of your overstuffed wardrobe, or pare down your outfit options. Choose clothing items that are versatile, layer well, and can mix and match.
7. Folding the Mari Kondo way
Whether you buy into Mari Kondo’s spark joy philosophy or not, following her method of folding will help you fit the most into your limited drawer space and keep everything neat.