RV Storage Ideas for the Kitchen

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Well, it finally happened.

After full-time RV living for ten months, I was fed up with how unorganized our kitchen was! Our pantry and cupboards were a downright mess.

When you literally cringe every time you open the pantry, you know it’s time for some RV organization accessories.

Like any internet-addicted millennial, I turned to Pinterest for RV storage ideas and RV organization hacks.

While I do enjoy a good cleaning and reorganization session, I also enjoy quick and easy solutions.

Here’s what I did to efficiently (and cheaply!) organize my RV cupboards and pantry.

Unorganized pantry before
Our awful mess of a pantry

Grip Shelf Liners

First, I wanted to protect the bottom of our shelves from additional wear and tear so I purchased grip shelf liners.

Smart Design Bonded Grip Shelf Liner - 12 Inch x 10 Feet - Non Adhesive, Strong Grip Bottom, Easy Clean Kitchen Drawer, Cabinet, Cupboard Dresser Protector Cover, Non Slip Rubber Mat - Fleur Gris
  • [SHELF LINERS] With amazing color & design, add style to freshen up your shelves, drawers, & closets
  • [FEATURES] Shelf liners protect surfaces, drawers, & home goods from everyday wear & tear.

I chose a cute white and gray pattern that matched the colors in our kitchen. I always meant to put some in before we moved into the RV but never got around to it. I’m so glad I finally did because they brighten up the darker cabinets and hold things in place, which is pretty important when your house moves.

Expandable Shelves

Second, our pantry shelves are pretty tall so I knew we needed to maximize that with some expandable shelves.

Seville Classics Iron Slat Expandable Kitchen Counter and Cabinet Shelf, Platinum
  • Dimensions: 15.75" to 30" W x 9.4" D x 5.7" H
  • Adjustable from 15.75" to 30" wide

I was so sick of our food piling up on top of each other in the pantry and these shelves were the perfect addition. Now everything has a place!

Airtight Food Storage Containers

The third RV organization hack I decided to try was switching my flour and sugar to airtight food storage containers.

I’ve heard these are great for preventing unwelcome rodents and insects into your RV but the real reason I decided to switch was because of humidity. We’re exploring parts of the United States that have really high humidity levels and I noticed that was making my sugar hard. These containers definitely solved that for me!

Rubbermaid Brilliance BPA Free Food Storage Containers with Lids, Airtight, for Lunch, Meal Prep, and Leftovers, Set of 10
  • Rubbermaid Modular Food Storage Containers can hold pasta, baking ingredients, or other pantry staples; save space and...
  • Great for pet food; easy to clean and scoop food from, and tight lids keep out moisture and humidity

Lazy Susan

The fourth (and probably my favorite) RV organization accessory purchase was the lazy Susan turntable!

OXO Good Grips Lazy Susan Turntable, 16-Inch,White
  • Soft, non-slip lip for easy turning
  • Larger base prevents interference with surrounding items and walls

Honestly, I have no idea why but I hated lazy susans before. My family never even owned one so I have no idea where this bias came from, but I’m glad I got over it. This little gadget is so awesome and completely fixed my problem of hunting down the flavor of Crystal Light I want.

Airtight containers and a lazy susan
Airtight containers on the left and the lazy Susan on the right

Tiered Corner Plate Organizer

The fifth RV organization accessory I purchased was a 2-tier corner plate organizer.

This thing is awesome! It prevents the plates from sliding around while towing the RV and gives me more shelf space for our coffee mugs (and yes, we are addicted to buying coffee mugs).

I know the top shelf doesn’t look much better but I did get rid of some water bottles we’ve never used and organized the order of things.

It’s actually important to have your shelves full because it prevents slipping and sliding while moving. I call it the “cram it full method” and it totally works.

Cupboard before and after
Before and after with shelf lining and dish tier

Expandable Spice Shelf

The last RV storage idea I found (and quickly became obsessed with) was an expandable spice shelf.

mDesign Plastic Adjustable, Expandable 3-Tier Kitchen Cabinet, Pantry, Shelf Organizer/Spice Rack - Storage for Spices, Jars, Seasoning, Baking Supplies, Ligne Collection, White
  • 3 TIERS: The compact, tiered design provides plenty of storage space; Use it to store herbs, spices, curries, seeds,...
  • MAXIMIZE YOUR SPACE: Create more space in cluttered kitchen cabinets, shelves, and pantries with this highly functional...

It allows me to see all of my spices and vitamins since it is tiered. Because it is expandable it fits perfectly across the entire cupboard, allowing me to use all of the space.

Expandable Tension Rods

I also picked up some expandable tension rods to go across the cupboard so our spices and vitamins don’t fall while we’re traveling.

Cupboard Bars Tension Rods, 6 Pack 11.8-20 Inches Spring Tensions Rods Steel Adjustable Tension Curtain Rod Shower Rod Closet Rod Window Rods White
  • Premium material : This Extendable tension rods are made of sturdy high-carbon steel, stainless steel SK8 strong rough...
  • Easy installation & Adjustable FOROPIOLY : Simply twist and pull this spring rods without any tools, installed within...
Expandable spice rack
Fits perfectly!

Well, what do you think of the before and after?!

I’m completely in love with all of these RV organization hacks and think our cupboards and pantry look 1000x better than before.

Now I can’t stop looking around our fifth wheel wondering what other RV storage ideas I can use…

Pantry Before and After
So much better!

Last update on 2024-07-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

  1. Wife is going to love the expandable kitchen shelf. She was commenting on what to do with our overhead corner space. I think this and the other metal shelf will work great. Surprise, surprise! lol

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