If you’re ready to break away from sticks and bricks living, be aware that downsizing and organization are critical for your comfort and satisfaction in your new home on wheels. Accomplishing that task can mean repurposing items, defining zones for your different activities, and working out a way to cook, sleep, work and relax all in one small spot. These and other tiny living lifestyle hacks are the focus of a new collaboration between home design and organization retailer mDesign and top-selling RV manufacturer, Keystone RV Company.
The Zones You Need: Dining and Working
Even if you’re retired, you’ll need somewhere to manage bills and do paperwork. Can you work and eat in the same space? Yes, if you’re alone. However, for families traveling with kids who need a spot for schoolwork or for partners that are both working remotely, splitting your dining and working area is essential.
When you’re camping on the road, you can easily make this work by putting out an awning and dining outside. You can quickly turn a quality folding table into a nice big kitchen if you don’t have a fold-down kitchen on your RV. For transporting food, consider using milk crates to get food out to your cooktop or grill. They’re deep, so food won’t spill. They’re sturdy, and best of all, they have great handles! Hang a magazine rack for your cutting boards or your storage bags and transfer them to your outdoor area for safe cutting.
The Zone You Want: Relaxing
Many times, RV couches become RV beds. Unless everyone is very excited about watching the same video, you can significantly reduce the stress of small space living by making sure that everyone has their private entertainment center. Earbuds and a tablet or a phone can quickly reduce bedtime stress everyone can choose to lounge in their own space.
If you must use the lounge area and then someone has to sleep there, take care to set a specific bedtime so the person sleeping on the couch knows when their sleeping area will be available.
Clothing, Laundry, and Linens
If you have this option for RV living, consider loading your RV with only what you want. A living estate sale to get rid of everything else. Painful? Yes, but not as bad as living with too much stuff in an RV.
Consider investing in large lounge pillows and pulling the stuffing. You can keep an extra set of linens for each bed in a large lounge pillow on the sofa or use them as a headboard on a child’s bed.
If your RV has exterior storage, consider packing suitcases with seasonal clothing and storing them under the RV until you get up into the mountains or down to the beach.
For families with minimal hanging storage, consider the following:
invest in two suit hangers per family member
keep two outfits per person on these hangers every day once everyone is dressed
hang these garments in the bathroom so steam makes the wrinkles fall out
keep other clothing in canvas bags that you can tighten down as they empty or plastic bins if you have room
Canvas duffel bags will breathe and reduce the risk of moisture and mildew. However, the garments in them will wrinkle. Hanging our garments isn’t as efficient as having plenty of closet space, but suit hangers can keep pants, shorts, or capris and a top ready to wear for the next day without taking up too much room.
If you have a wet bath and are traveling with children, get a quote on having an outdoor shower installed. Soaking baths are a good option for a careful older child or an adult, but not having a shower curtain can make for messy bathing.
Look for foldable clothes dryers that you can use to drape towels and damp swimsuits. If possible, find one you can fold up on the back of a door or take out and hook to your RV outside for quick drying when camping in one spot.
Your RV life may be tiny, but it doesn’t have to be small. By staying organized, preparing ahead for a day or two, and keeping to a schedule, everyone can have the room they need to enjoy life on the road.
mDesign and Keystone’s Partnership Will Teach You All This and More
Presently, mDesign and Keystone RV are celebrating the launch of an exciting and functional partnership that will teach the art of tiny living while on the road. With professional and celebrity organizers’ help, the content series will address the significant challenges that RV owners encounter in maintaining a cozy, harmonized living space. Through the use of both companies’ social media and blogs, mDesign and Keystone RV will roll out these essential lifestyle hacks to help you truly love life on the road.
“As owners spend more of their working and family life traveling in their RV, one of the biggest online discussions is how to stay organized, specifically when it comes to office spaces and home-schooling,” Keystone RV Marketing Director Christy Spencer stated. “We are excited to lean into mDesign’s deep experience in this space and share with our audience.”
Christy Spencer went on to add that “Many (RV) owners are watching shows like Netflix’s ‘The Home Edit’ and Marie Kondo’s ‘The Art of Tidying Up’ for tips on how to live tiny on the road. We are excited to dovetail those two conversations with this partnership.”
“The RV industry has shown tremendous growth as families look for new ways to meet their travel desires during this period,” mDesign CEO Stacey Renfro stated. “Collaborating with Keystone RV was an obvious fit for mDesign, as we pride ourselves on offering stylish solutions to organize any home, or home away from home, no matter what size space you have to work with.”
mDesign is a home decor specialty supplier that cultivates curated collections of products for the home, such as bathroom accessories, every kind of storage, furniture, and entertainment products. mDesign is the fourth top-selling brand in the US Amazon Marketplace. Find mDesign’s home decor and storage products in major online marketplaces alongside Amazon, including Target, Walmart, Bed, Bath and Beyond, and many others in the US and worldwide. www.mdesignhomedecor.com
About Keystone RV Company
With more than a million owners, Keystone RV Company is the #1 manufacturer of towable RVs in North America. Focused on delivering superior product design, industry-leading innovation, built-to-last quality, and human-centered customer service, Keystone offers a wide range of travel trailers and fifth-wheel RVs. Keystone product lines include Montana, Cougar, Alpine, Avalanche, Arcadia, Outback, Sprinter, Passport, Bullet, Springdale, Hideout, Raptor, Carbon, Fuzion, and Impact.