The people who owned Sherman before us made lots of storge room in the kitchen area by making the wardrobe cupboard into a pantry and installing a number of shelves in there. It works great because there is lots of room for storage but it is difficult to get things out if you are searching for something right at the back, the wardrobe/pantry is very deep. You end up having to pull everything out to get that one thing out. I started out by putting things I don't use as much at the back. Further along on our travels, I came up with the idea of cutting down boxes and placing the items in the box and putting the box on the shelf with another box in front of it. This is working out much better, as I just have to slide the box out in order to get at the next one, this makes life much easier. Now I am going to put more boxes into the pantry. They also put in a number of spice racks which I like because these little wire racks can hold a number of smaller items, not just spices.
More of the shelving
Spice racks and taller items
The thing I have to work on are the cupboards with all our extra stuff, like adapters, rechargers, DVD's, cameras and antenna. Right now I have tried to put them in plastic bins, but things are still getting messed up. Kevin just tosses things up there instead of removing the basket and placing the item in right container in the bin. I think maybe I have done this myself as well, can't put all the blame on him! I have a couple of stacking bins so maybe I will try to organize things in the bins so that I can stack them on top each other, then we will have to lift the bin out to get at the other. That's what I am going to work on today. Also if there is anything we don't use, it will get tossed.
Some of our stuff in bins
How the bins are placed at the moment
The other spot I really have trouble with in the compartment under the bed. I hate going in there. Again things we don't use go at the back, but we try not to store heavy things in the back as there is quite a hangover on the back wheels and Kevin would prefer more of the weight to be up front. I have tried to find a way of storing all our odd shaped things in there, but haven't had much success. I have to figure out a good way of storing our shoes because that is one of the things that get tossed in under the bed. It doesn't help either when we have a spare tire stored under there. Its awkward to work around! I am thinking of putting cut down boxes in here as well, with dividers in them so the shoes can stand upright for easier viewing and access. Then if I need to reach for something I just have to pull each box out rather than a number of individual things out. I'll try that and see how it works!
Under the bed
These are a few of the things I will work on today, after I shovel the snow!!!!! Luckily we didn't get too much, but there might be more to come.
Please send along any ideas you have that might help us out.