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Reducing Kitchen Clutter

October 4, 2010 by Woodall's · 12 Comments  
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Written By Professor95, courtesy of Woodall’s Campground and Family Camping Blog.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dana T’s recent blog on RV Kitchen Organization. So much so, that I cannot resist the temptation to slip in behind her excellent ideas and add some of our own.

Dana’s family and mine live in significantly different RV environments. First, it is normally just Nancy, me and Oscar in the RV – that is unless we are taking grandkids along too. Second, we are not full-timers and third we have a little more living space since our fifth wheel is not a toy hauler.

But, more living space does not necessarily translate to a larger kitchen or more storage space. The only thing we really gain is room for more furniture and dirt.

RV kitchens are, well, RV kitchens. They are typically small, use downsized appliances and never have enough cabinet space. They provide a really good reason for cooking outdoors on the grill!

Dana’s comment on, “If you don’t use it, toss it” is so true. For years we hauled hundreds of pounds of stuff – stuff like waffle irons, sandwich grills, multiple pots and pans, enough dishes for a 30 piece place setting and enough food to feed us for an entire winter. Then, one day, we decided to get organized. Out went all of the unused stuff – back to the Goodwill thrift store where most of it was purchased to start with. Some kitchen wares were replaced with space saving designs and space was reworked to maximize convenience and storage.

We too keep evaluating the need for the items in our collection of kitchen gear and foodstuff. Now we only haul enough food to feed us for a month at a time. :)

The space saving pot and pan set

The space saving pot and pan set on the left quickly expands to the set on the right by snapping on a handle. All items nest inside one another. They also have plastic lids for refrigerator or freezer use.  Click here to read the rest of this post.

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  1. Barry S on October 5th, 2010 7:23 pm

    I love to be organized, and value the counter top space in our small 25-foot Trek motorhome. I have searched far and wide, on the internet, at Walmart, Kmart, Costco, etc., and have not been able to find a paper towel holder that permanently attaches to the underside of a cabinet that is above the counter top, allowing the paper towels to be stored horizontally. The only holders I have seen are those that store paper towels vertically. This means that the towels and holder must be stowed whenever we leave a campground or RV Park, and then unstowed when we arrive at our next destination. Has the manufacture of the original permanently-attached holders been discontinued?

  2. Gracie Finley on October 5th, 2010 7:49 pm

    Barry, I solved the paper towel problem by just taking a roll of scotch tape with me in the RV. Each time we move the RV, I just take a small piece of scotch tape and place it on the roll of towels so that the loose edge is attached to the towel right under it (no rolling). We bought a plastic paper towel holder at Wal-mart and my husband used the screws provided and the holder is now permamently located under the cabinet and close to a wall, so it is pretty much out of the way. I do not see why you could not mount this paper towel holder on the wall either up and down or straight. Good luck. G Finley

  3. Gracie Finley on October 5th, 2010 7:54 pm

    Barry, check in the laundry section of the Walmart store. I believe that is where I found the paper towel holder. I know it was not where I thought it would be, so I went searching for an associate to find the holder for me. And I believe it was in the laundry section. Good Luck.

  4. Geoffrey Pruett on October 6th, 2010 9:57 am

    The paper towel holder is a ongoing issue, have thought of using a spring loaded bar but most of the available mounts are too flimsy. Something on the order of a TP roller with the spring loaded bar would be ideal.
    Just wondering, how easy are those multi-use handles changed? Would there be burned fingers in my future if transfered from a warm pan to the next? Have used some in the dimm past backpacking and found using more than two pans impractical when warm. Could not see the release clearly in the picture.

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  7. butterbean carpenter on July 3rd, 2012 11:36 am

    Howdy,
    Why in the world would someone who has downsized into an RV NEED that many
    pots & pans; in our stix & siding we only use 2 or 3??

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