When we first started reading other people’s blogs and getting peeks inside their campers, we couldn’t get enough. From floor plans to fancy hot water heaters — it was a whole new world of adventure and minimalism. But … what I really wanted to know was: Where does everything go? Because almost as much as pretty paint colors and functional floor plans, I love storage solutions that make the most of a small space and keep everything neat and tidy.
So, if you’re nosy like me, today’s your lucky day! For the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a series of posts on small space storage … letting you look behind the scenes, into the camper’s cupboards and crevices at the good, the bad, and the ugly.
First on the list is that most critical of “rooms,” the kitchen. Here’s an overview of what we’re working with: cabinets above and below the sink; three drawers (that bottom one’s a false front); and the left-hand side of the tall cabinet to the right of the stove (which Ryan converted from a wardrobe to a pantry). There’s also a cabinet above the refrigerator.
Small Space Storage: Dishes
The cabinet over the sink is the center of all the action. It’s where we store our dishes, glasses, coffee mugs, and the all-important blender. It’s the cupboard I’m in and out of the most, and the one that manages to stay the tidiest.
Small Space Storage: Miscellaneous
It seems like in most homes, dirty stuff goes under the sink — and in the camper it’s no different! It’s kind of a weird space — lots of pipes, and that’s the hot water heater under the bottom shelf. Under our sink is the trash can (#targetdoesitagain), grilling equipment (bottom left), and a pair of Ryan’s boots. I also use it for sparkling water, reusable grocery bags, and paper towels (they’re too tall to fit anywhere else!). There’s not a ton of room, but it’s a good catch-all space.
Small Space Storage: Pots, Pans & Appliances
Over the refrigerator is a small cabinet where I keep my Crock Pot and my two pans. I have a medium size pot I use for things like soup and chili, and a frying pan that faithfully cooks Ryan’s bacon and eggs every morning!
Small Space Storage: Silverware & Utensils
Our three kitchen drawers get regular workout. The top drawer is silverware. Next is all my utensils:spatulas, serving spoons, measuring cups, even my spiralizer. (What can I say … we love zoodles. You make space for what you love. 😉 ) The bottom drawer holds dish towels, plastic bags, foil, and the like.
Small Space Storage: Pantry
So far everything seems fairly orderly, right? Well, here’s where it gets a little crazy. Don’t get me wrong — I love my pantry. It’s actually the biggest pantry I’ve ever had! And it has plenty of room for all our food. Here’s what we’re working with: seven shelves, lots of food, and apparently I hoard protein powder.
The top shelf doubles as a linen closet and office storage: that file folder on the right holds all the paperwork we needed to keep. The bottom shelf stores my large mixing bowls and glass storage. Everything in between is food, food, food. (It’s always a fight on grocery day to squeeze everything in!)
There’s just one more spot I use for kitchen storage — my oven! Inside my oven I keep two glass baking dishes and my muffin tins. It’s the perfect spot since a) that’s the only spot big enough for them, and b) those are the dishes I’m using if the oven’s on, anyway.
In a recent post I shared a picture of the kitchen in our old apartment. As you can see, I had lots of cabinet space, so I was a little worried when we were downsizing that I wouldn’t have enough room or be able to keep all the kitchen gear I need. I cook a lot, and while I don’t have a ton of unnecessary gadgets, I use the ones I have (like that spiralizer!). But my camper kitchen has just enough storage for everything I need.
That’s a look inside my kitchen! What do you think? Any storage or organization solutions you can suggest? Is kitchen storage a struggle in your camper?