13 Solutions for How to store clothes in an RV

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Are you looking for some inspiration on how to store clothes in an RV? In this article we look at 13 RV storage ideas for organizing clothes in your camper.

How to store clothes in an RV - 13 Solutions
How to Store Clothes in an RV

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Before you Begin…quickly analyze what you’re having the most trouble organizing

Are you having difficulty finding room to store t-shirts? Or is it underwear and socks? Is it clothes you need to hang? Or perhaps it is clothes you only need occasionally?

Knowing what type of clothes you’re having the most issue organizing will guide you to select the best organizer for YOUR needs.

For instance, if you just can’t seem to find room for your underwear and socks, then buying new clothes hangers won’t help you.

So, know what you need the most help with and keep that in mind as you read on.

1) Learn to Fold your Clothes Smaller

How to store clothes in an RV...learn to fold your clothes small (Konmari method shown here)
Learn to fold your clothes smaller

If you can’t make more room, then make better use of the room you have.

Above is a picture of my t-shirt drawer before and after watching the first episode of “Tidying Up” on Netflix. Yes I did get rid of some t-shirts and you should ask yourself this too, “Do I need all the clothes I have in my RV?”

Check out the video below where Marie Kondo shows how to fold different types of clothes in the “KonMarie” way.

Does it take a bit more time to fold? YES. But will you gain more space in your RV? YES. I think you’ll be pleased.

2) Put a Hanging Shelf in your Closet

How to store clothes in your RV - a hanging shelf in your RV closet
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A hanging shelf like this one can give you much-needed space to put sweaters and t-shirts. Many RV closets are not tall enough to fit a 5-shelf hanger, but a 3-shelf hanger like this may be perfect for you.

This one is made by DonYeco and currently has 4.6 stars out of 5 on Amazon. Check it out if you need some extra shelves. If you’re worried about losing space on your closet rod, you should check out the next idea.

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3) Folding Rod to Hang Clothes

How to store clothes in an rv -- a folding clothes rod
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This folding clothes rod by InstaHanger is marketed as a laundry drying rack, but it would provide extra hanging space in an RV too. It requires screwing into a wall (or wooden door), and when open it will stick out 15″ into your room. But it’s a consideration if you want more clothes hanging space.

It is currently rated 4.7 stars out of 5 on Amazon with over 2,000 customer-submitted ratings.

4) Use the Back of the Bedroom Door

How to store clothes in an rv - use the back of the bedroom door by using a hanging organizer
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The back of the bedroom door is often “wasted” space that can utilized with a hanging organizer like the one shown above. I realize this product photo shows baby items in the clear pockets, but just imagine your socks, underwear and tightly folded t-shirts in there.

Will it work for your RV?

This well-rated hanging organizer by Simple Houseware has lots of customer-submitted pictures on Amazon. Click here to check out the reviews on Amazon.

5) Use a Hanging Shoe Organizer (to organize lots of stuff)

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Yes, they call it a “hanging shoe organizer” but these multi-pocketed organizers are good for a lot more than just shoes. In fact, I wrote an entire article dedicated to these versatile organizers.

Some campers will put one of these on the back of their bedroom door, or on the inside of their closet door to store socks, underwear and toiletries.

And they can be cut so they aren’t so long. (Then you can cut each horizontal row and staple them along the bottom of your bed frame for additional storage.)

You can probably find them at your local stores, but here is a link to check this one out on Amazon.

6) Plastic 3-Drawer Organizer

How to store clothes in an RV - 3 shelf plastic organizer
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Many campers will use 3-shelf organizers like this one to help store clothes in their RV. It is only 12.5-inches wide (and 24-inches tall without the wheels) so you can put this in most RV closets to provide a compact dresser.

But tossing everything into a drawer isn’t always the best way…that’s why you may like the next idea.

7) Use Drawer Dividing Baskets

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If you do get some drawers in your RV closet or nightstand, you can utilize drawer dividing baskets like these to help keep everything separated and organized.

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8) Tuck Extra Clothes and Bedding Inside Pillow Cases

I learned this little tip from these folks on Instagram. They stash some extra sheets inside their pillow cases. Seems like a great “hidden” solution to me. And it’d work well for extra clothing too.

9) Utilize Packing Cubes

Here is another great idea I found on Instagram. It just goes to show that packing cubes aren’t just for airline travel.

10) Vacuum Bags and Under Bed Storage

This is another neat idea I discovered on Instagram. I’ve used vacuum bags before (but I always seem to get crappy ones)… but I like how they combined the vacuum bags with under bed storage. It would be good for shrinking down heavier coats, sweaters or blankets that may only be needed once in awhile.

11) Tension Rods with S Hooks for hanging clothes

If your closet rod isn’t big enough to hang all your clothes, do what these folks did and put up a tension rod with S hooks. (The hat rack is pretty cool too.) This was another great idea from Instagram. Tension rods are awesome because you don’t have to drill or screw into the walls.

12) Slim Laundry Hamper

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It isn’t only clean clothes we have to deal with in an RV. It’s dirty clothes too. This thin hamper from Chrislley may fit nicely in the corner of your RV bathroom next to your toilet.

It is currently well-rated with 4.5 stars out of 5 with almost 600 customer-submitted ratings on Amazon.

13) Other Dirty Clothes Storage Ideas

Many RV’ers keep their dirty clothes in a hamper in the shower.

I came across this clever lady on Instagram who has a very ingenious idea to store dirty clothes…she cut a hole next to her bed and drops her dirty clothes down through the hole. The hole passes through to the underbelly of her RV where she collects the dirty clothes in a laundry hamper. (Click the arrows in her Instagram picture to see all the photos.)

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I hope you found some ideas to help you organize your clothes in your RV better.

Click here for even more RV Bedroom Storage Ideas.

Or perhaps it’s your RV kitchen giving you some organization challenges? If so, check out these 21 clever RV kitchen organization ideas

Or if you want to see the grand-daddy of all RV Storage ideas article, click here to see 61 smart RV organization ideas.

Thank you and happy travels,

Tim from LearnAlongWithMe.com

2 thoughts on “13 Solutions for How to store clothes in an RV”

  1. Most pics are those of houses… you obviously haven’t been in an rv.. no room for extra 3-drawer plastic dressers. No room in bathroom for “slim” clothes hampers…

    1. Hi Cheri,
      Thank you for checking out the site. I’m sorry that some of the ideas didn’t fit your personal, unique situation of your current RV. I will address some of your comments. You are right, most of the photos are from houses because I was inspired by people that used these tactics in their RV, but I didn’t have the copyright to use their photos in my article. (And I could get photos of the products being used in houses.)

      If you want to see these ideas used in people’s RV’s I have provided the links below so that you can follow the links to see the pics in people’s RVs if you want. (You may need to copy and paste them into a new tab on your internet browser.)

      Item #2 – Hanging Shelves in RV Closet

      Item 4 – Hanging Organizer on a door

      Item 5 – Hanging Pocket Organizer on a door

      Item #6 –
      3 Drawer Plastic Dresser used in RV

      Using a Plastic Drawer system inside an RV closet


      So these photos highlight how a 3-drawer plastic dresser can, and are used in some RV’s (but obviously not all). Which leads to the next point…

      Different Size of RVs
      One thing that I always keep in mind is that “RV” is such a broad term and it encompasses 8-foot truck campers to 40+ ft Class A motorhomes. That is a lot of variety. And the needs of one RV owner can be VERY different from another owner.

      I have a pop up camper that is only about 16-feet long opened up (a Palomino Colt). So my needs are very different than my friends who have larger travel trailers and 5-th wheels.

      Different types of RV owners
      And the way people use their RV’s are very different. Some use them strictly to camp – which is what we first think about when we hear RV’s – but it is estimated that 1 million Americans live in their RVs. So the needs of a weekend camper are much different than a full-timer.

      I think of this article as like a buffet at a restaurant… I’ll serve up the ideas knowing that it won’t suit everyone’s needs or appetite at that moment. But who knows, maybe in the future it will suit them. (E.g. someone goes from owning a small TT to a massive 5-th wheel.)

      So once again, I’m sorry that these ideas for storing clothes in an RV didn’t meet your particular needs for your RV.

      But thank you for taking the time to comment because other readers may have had similar concerns as well so I hope it cleared it up for them too.

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