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Easy Earring Organization in Under 5 Minutes for Under $10

Living in an RV or small space means finding creative ways to store, display, or organize jewelry. I don't have a lot of jewelry, but I do love earrings and necklaces. Storing earrings has been a thorn in my side for years. I have a small box that I've been keeping them in, but they get tangled with other earrings. I had to find another way.

A major overlooked space available for organizing is doors. I had plenty of space to hang earrings on the inside of my bathroom pantry door.

How to make an easy earring organizer in under 5 minutes for under $10:

Step 1: Start with a roll of burlap garland/ribbon. You can find this at any arts and crafts store or by clicking the picture below. There are different sizes, such as 4 inches wide or 5 inches wide, so decide which width you want to use, the length can be determined later.
Step 2: Unroll the burlap garland/ribbon to determine the length you will need. With a pair of scissors, cut the length about an inch or two longer than you nee…

How to Prepare a Small Space for a New Baby

Babies are small and really don’t need much. Sure, our society today will make you believe that you’re not a good parent unless you have a huge nursery with all the best things and decorated like a fantasy land. But, really, all a baby wants is your love and all it needs is a few things – food, clothing, diapers, a place to bathe, a place to sleep, and a place to play. It doesn’t matter how big – or small – those places are, and many spaces can serve multiple purposes. If you live in an RV, like we do, or a small apartment or even a tiny home, you may wonder how in the world a baby can fit in there. Here’s how we do it:
In the bedroom and bathroom Yes, our baby sleeps in our bedroom and bathes in our bathroom. We have five children and they have all slept in the bed with us for the first year. Newborn babies don’t move around a lot, so they can sleep right on the bed or in a changing pad covered with a soft king-sized pillowcase like this.
Once baby gets older and starts moving around…

How to Fix a Bad RV Paint Job

We bought our 2014 PrimeTime Crusader brand new in 2013. So new, in fact, that we special ordered it and had it built custom-made. One of the things we paid extra for, almost $2,000 extra, was the “champagne” paint job instead of the standard white. Nowadays, many RVs have shifted to the brown shades of paint, but in 2013, we had to order it and pay extra for it. Fast forward to a year and a half later, just after the standard 1-year factory warranty had expired, and we started having issues with the paint on the bulkhead, endcap, whatever it’s called. I’ll call it a bulkhead for the purposes of this article. You can start to see fading at this point. We were told by the RV mechanic that conducted our initial orientation that we should wax it twice a year, which is what we did. I’m all about preventative maintenance to avoid further problems down the road. So, we thought we were doing what we were supposed to. Why would the paint start going bad so soon? We started noticing other Crusa…

Organizing the RV Basement

The basement of an RV can vary in size greatly. Ours is a huge pass-through, so we use a number of organizers to keep everything neatly packed and organized.
On the side of the basement just outside the front door is where we keep all of our outdoor necessities. In the back, a hard-to-reach area, is where we store Christmas decorations and less used outdoor items such as fishing gear, a hammock, and tarps in large plastic bins. We use plastic crates to store awning lights and sports equipment. Some smaller, stackable plastic containers in the front hold bike safety gear and our outdoor decor like flags and hummingbird feeders. In the middle is where our camping chairs slide easily in and out. We have two zero-gravity chairs, a folding rocking chair to rock the baby, and some folding mesh chairs for the boys. We also have some folding tables. We have a large outdoor mat, but we fold it up and store it in the front storage area under the bulkhead. We also have a portable fire pit that w…

How to Hang Christmas Stockings in an RV

How to hang Christmas stockings in an RV (or hang anything from the valances).
Those standard RV valances…pieces of plywood covered with hideously patterned fabric and fastened above the windows of your RV windows. Not exactly fashion-forward or even appealing to the eyes. But also not permanent. You can simply remove them and hang a curtain rod. Or, you can cover the fabric with a choice more fitting of your own style and d├ęcor theme. You can even use a tension rod to hang curtains underneath the valance. All of these ways will jazz up your RV and make it look more cozy and like home. But how do you hang Christmas stockings in an RV? Some RVs have fireplaces, but hanging stockings in front of the fireplace will cover the fireplace and not allow you to use it during the holidays. So, another option is to hang the stockings on a valance, but how? I happened to have some cubicle hooks like these or these left over from when I used to work in cubicle land and, turns out, they work like a…

How to Make Your RV Smell Great

Living, or even just vacationing, in a small RV with several family members can lead to bad smells quick. The RV itself may emit some foul odors from the toilets or sinks, especially if they don’t seal properly. And staying in an RV for any amount of time encourages more outdoor adventures, which brings back some pretty gnarly smells into the RV, like sweaty clothes, wet clothes, and stinky feet. So, how do you make it smell good again? We’ve been living in our RV for over three years now and have found some great ways to keep it smelling fresh and clean. Here’s what we do: Bedroom: A decorative essential oil diffuser keeps the bedroom smelling great, provides a nice night light, and looks beautiful. Kids Room: A compact essential oil diffuser in the kids rooms is a space saver while still emitting a nice scent, purifying the air, and providing a soft night light. Our boys make sure to refill and turn on “Mr. Mister” (their name for their diffuser) every night before getting in bed. Ess…

Must-Have Organizing Products

We all want an organized space, whether it's just a drawer or the entire house. Finding really useful organizing tools and containers can be almost impossible without having to seek out a specialized store or spending a fortune. But, there actually is a certain time of year when you can find all sorts of small-space organizing hacks, and they may even be on sale. It's back-to-school time!
Think about it. Back-to-School caters not only to elementary and high school students, but to college students as well. And college students are trying to fit as much of their stuff into a small dorm room as possible, so availability of organizing tools and containers is at an all-time high. You don't have to be a student to take advantage of the products and sales, so this is the time to stock up on all of those organizing tools and containers you'll need to get your space in tip-top shape stat. Here are 5 of my favorite organizing products:
1. Some of my favorite school products to …

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

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

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…

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