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How to secure things to the walls and countertops in an RV

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I’ve written a few posts about how to make your RV or small space look and feel more like a comfortable home (such as this one and this one). I often get asked how I manage to hang things on the walls and secure things to the countertops so that they don’t fall during travel. It’s true that when an RV is driving down the road, it’s basically the equivalent of an earthquake each time. If you don’t secure everything effectively, you could walk into a disaster zone after each trip. So, what works? Nothing is fail-proof, but I’ve found that there are three adhesive organizers that work the best. 1) Command 3M Velcro Strips. These work great for holding items onto walls, especially items that you may need to remove occasionally to update, such as clocks and picture frames. These also work great to attach items to countertops that you may need to use, such as remote controls and dispenser containers, but you want secured during travel.

2) Command 3M Waterproof Strips. These have a stronger …

Decorating a Small Bathroom

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A small bathroom can be a challenge to decorate and make comfortable, but there are some things you can do to make a small bathroom look and feel really cozy. Filling wall space with nice art is perfect for a bathroom. This is where you can express yourself and get away with it. Find a fun piece of wall art that fills the entire wall space, like this one or this one. Instead of hanging a toilet paper roll on the wall, use one of these floor organizers that holds the toilet paper roll as well as stores several backup rolls. A small, decorative trash can with a lid like this one will keep your space looking clean while eliminating trash odors. Nobody wants to see bathroom trash anyway, so a lidded trash can is the perfect solution. A small shower can still store all of your family’s bathing necessities with one of these floor-to-ceiling tension rod shower organizers that looks decorative and keeps everything tidy. Make the most of a small countertop with an automatic hand soap dispense…

When Decorating, Don’t Forget Ceiling Space

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Probably the most overlooked space, whether in a home or RV, is the ceiling. When trying to make a space feel cozy, the ceiling space becomes a key element. You can hang lamps in a corner. In the bedroom, draping a curtain over three bamboo sticks attached to the ceiling by hooks, really spices up the romance and ties all the décor together. Light fixtures can easily be switched out with fun covers to complete a theme. These are all very simple ideas that can really make a room go from “nice” to “amazing”. Need some ideas? Check out these (affiliate links):
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How to Make Your RV Mattress the Most Comfortable Mattress Ever

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We’ve owned a couple of RVs. My parents had a pop-up then a small travel trailer (TT) when I was little. As an adult, camping and ATVing is a big part of my family’s life. We had a TT toy hauler and now a 5th wheel bunkhouse. We are now fulltime RVers, so comfortable beds are an absolute necessity. Is it possible to get comfortable beds in an RV? Many of the newer models are finally getting the hint. But, if you find yourself in an RV with the less-than-comfortable mattresses, there are some things you can do. If you’re fulltime RVers, consider keeping the mattresses from your house and putting them in the RV. Just take measurements of the space you have in the RV and compare them against the measurements of your house mattress to see if it will fit in the RV space. I did this in my boys’ bunkhouse. Their bunk are twin mattress size, so I just put in the beds from the house. I kept the RV mattress. It is so thin and flimsy that I attached it with safety pins to the top of the regula…

DIY RV Fireplace Surround

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Walk through all the new RVs at any RV show and you’ll see gorgeous fireplaces with intricate stone surrounds. We had the fireplace already in our 5th wheel, but it didn’t have the beautiful stone surround. As a matter of fact, I often wondered why the space on each side of our fireplace wasn’t used for storage. I know that it was just unused space back there because I removed the fireplace one time in an effort to take a look at the shower hoses behind the fireplace. The fireplace, by the way, is nothing more than an electric/gas space heater built to look like a fireplace. So, if your RV doesn’t have a fireplace, you may be able to add one if you have the space and clearance to safely do so. One option was to install a door on each side and use the empty inside space as storage. But, I didn’t need more storage and love the look of a stone surround, so I went with the second option, which was to install a DIY stone surround. There’s a product called AirStone, which is plaster molde…

Organizing a Medicine Cabinet

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A medicine cabinet can be daunting to organize. But I’ve got two tips that will help you organize your medicine cabinet and never have to catch stuff before it falls out again.
Tip #1: Get some clear plastic organizers from Wal-Mart. They have compartments and drawers that make it easy to organize basic items such as toothpaste, deodorant, q-tips, razor blades, nail clippers, and such.
Tip #2: Use the space on the wall and on the back of the door. Chances are, there is plenty of wall space you are able to see. This is all wasted space. Use it. Buy clear spice racks at Lowes or Home Depot in the 3M Command Strip section. Use these racks to store medicines, essential oils, and things like that.

Makeup Storage in an RV/Small Space

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If it were up to me, I’d never put on makeup again. I feel perfectly comfortable without it, but admittedly, I do feel like I look better with it. I only wear minimal, but my makeup collection looks otherwise. I have more eyeshadows than I’ll ever use. I have so many bottles of mascara that they’ll likely go bad before I use them. I don’t even wear foundation, yet I’ve got several BB and CC creams. And I’ve never been able to find a concealer I’m totally satisfied with, so I’ve got several types in my storage. When we moved into our RV, I was determined to get my excessive makeup collection down to only what would fit in one small organizer. I got the organizer at Wal-Mart. It has three drawers, a lift-top storage area on top, and two unlidded compartments on top. I placed my brushes, mascara, and eyeliner in the two unlidded compartments on top because those are the things I need to access easily and frequently. In the lidded compartment, I have my concealer, powder, and blush. In …

Organizing a Small Refrigerator

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It’s not easy to organize a small fridge when you’re trying to feed a family of four, especially if you’re trying to eat healthy. An organized fridge will make it easier to store awkward items and also gives you a visual indicator when something’s missing so that you know what needs to be added to the next shopping list. I keep a master shopping list on a magnetic dry-erase board that I’ve attached to the outside of the fridge door. I can write items on the board and double-check the master list before going to the grocery store. The door of the fridge has shelves attached. Just move those up or down to the size you need. The door is the best place to store condiments, butter, canned goods, and if space allows, bigger items such as milk cartons or kool-aid pitchers. In the main fridge compartment, we store sodas on the shortened top shelf. On the next shelf, we keep sandwich meat tucked away in the back underneath the drip tray. This is where I also like to store prepackaged veggie s…

Organizing a Small Freezer

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Most 5th Wheels have what I call a 1/2 fridge. There's not a lot of space in there, so organization is a must when trying to feed a family of 4. I got sick of items falling out of the freezer everytime I opened the door. Stacking things on those shelves just wasn't working. When I took inventory of what was in the freezer, I realized that I could organize the items into three sections - breakfast items, meat items, and prepared foods. The other thing I needed space for were ice cubes, since we have an ice maker. So, I measured the length, height, and depth of the spaces and headed off to Camping World. I found these sturdy plastic bins with handy handle cutouts for around $10 each, a bit expensive but I was desperate and thier measurements were a perfect match. This is how my freezer looks now and nothing falls out, ever.

Adding Greenery to the RV

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When it comes to plants, I’m not very good at keeping them alive. I tend to overwater them or neglect them until they die. So, I’m hoping I have better luck with these – air plants. They don’t need to be planted or watered. They get all their water from the air and only need sunshine. Well, it just so happens that the shower in our RV has a skylight over it, allowing in lots of sunlight. And the moisture from the shower is perfect for the air plants. I used some of my jewelry wire to make some cute spiral plant holders and hung them on Command Strip hooks. Aren’t they perfect? Now I just need more! Update: I got more! I went back to The Plant Man in San Diego's colorful and festive Old Town. He's had a run on all things Tillandsia lately and had to stock up on more from his grower. When we went back, he had some amazing air plants in stock, so I bought more than I should. But, they're oh so pretty. Here's what I've got now: