Where do you put your clothes? I’m assuming it’s in a closet, a dresser, or a wardrobe of some sort. If you have a giant walk-in closet, you might even take all that space for granted. We sure did. But what about storage in a toy hauler?
Now that we live in a trailer, we’ve had to make some major changes to the way we dress and how we store our things. We don’t have nearly as many clothes as we used to and the clothes we do have serve very specific purposes.
If you’re thinking about downsizing your home, here’s what you need to know about storage in a toy hauler.
Make Intentional Decisions
When we decided to sell our home and travel full-time, we had to make some decisions. How much could we bring? Did we really need nice clothes, given that we’ll be outdoors so much? How many pairs of shoes do we have room for?
While it was tough to get rid of things we enjoyed, we knew it would feel good to be minimalistic. So we started purging. However, we didn’t do it willy nilly. We evaluated where we would be most of the time, what the weather would be like, and what we would be doing while we were there.
Given some of our health issues, we knew we wanted to stay mostly in warmer climates, which means we didn’t need much more than a light jacket or two each. Eliminating the need for heavy winter coats and big boots was going to save us a ton of room.
Next, we knew we’d likely go to church every Sunday, but we wouldn’t be doing many other things that would require nice clothes, so one or two church outfits each was plenty.
Of course, we all need a couple of sets of jammies to wear around the “house” and other comfy clothes, including slippers. But again, we don’t need nearly as many as we did before.
That left us to decide how many pants, shorts, and shirts we needed. We knew we could save on space by encouraging everyone to wear outfits more than once before washing them. I know it sounds gross, but if you don’t have anywhere fancy to go, it’s not that big of a deal.
There’s only one problem with this plan. Our kids play in the dirt. A lot. Back to the drawing board we go!
Where to Put It
We brought a lot more clothes than we had originally intended, to be honest. So when we moved in, we had to decide where it all would go. We have a sizable master closet, which gives us plenty of room for Mom and Dad’s clothes.
But because we have a toy hauler, there’s no closet space in the back. We started out using plastic drawers for everyone’s clothes, but they’re tacky and flimsy. I wasn’t a fan.
We shopped around and found some canvas drawers we really like. We bought two of them, and now everyone has four drawers for themselves.
Hanging clothes started out in the master closet, but we soon discovered that was filling up rapidly and we needed a better solution.
We have two full bathrooms in our toy hauler, and we made that decision thinking that it would be nice for the kids to have their own bathroom. Maybe they’d stay out of ours? Ha.
The kids generally take baths and showers in our bathroom because it’s more spacious. That meant we could use that space for something else. We covered up the tub with a piece of plywood, mounted a rod, and hung their clothes in it!
It freed up a ton of space in the master closet and now they don’t have to bother us to get dressed in the morning.
I had the hardest time downsizing my kitchen. Once we moved into the fifth wheel and started putting things away, I realized we had a lot more space in the kitchen than I originally thought we would, but I still don’t have room for everything.
Since we’re a family of six, we need a lot of room for food storage in our toy hauler, so that’s what most of our kitchen is. We only have a few utensils, pots, pans, and other cooking supplies.
In the kitchen, we have a set of six pots and pans, so we make do with the few sizes we have. When we downsized, we decided to bring the electric skillet, a small waffle iron, one set of measuring cups and spoons, and one set of lightweight, silicone mixing bowls.
The previous owners took the oven out and put in extra shelving, which turned out to be a blessing, because RV ovens don’t work well anyway, and I definitely needed the space.
We also have a residential size refrigerator, which we could not do without. Even with all of this storage in our toy hauler, we still grocery shop weekly.
Yes, believe it or not, we have a basement. Most RVs do. But it’s not like the basement in your house. It’s a passthrough storage area under the front bedroom. There’s a door on both sides, so you can access it from either side, and there’s plenty of room for tools, extra hoses, and other tubs.
We even have a mini-fridge in ours. We keep bottled water in it so when we’re playing outside in the heat, it’s easy to access and we don’t have to keep going in and out of the RV.
There are also a couple of other extra storage spaces we take advantage of. Our bed is on hinges, so there’s tons of storage under there. We use it for extra charging cables, heating pads, pillows, blankets, and laundry supplies, because, yes, we also have a full-size washer and dryer.
Our couch also lifts up, giving us extra space for even more blankets and pillows.
While we have to be conscious of the decisions we’re making in order to be more efficient, it is possible to have everything you need in a very small space. In fact, when you organize your space efficiently, you can do a whole lot of things you never thought you could do.
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