How to downsize for your RV kitchen

One of my favorite things about camping is getting up early, brewing coffee, and then fixing breakfast. I can’t wait to do this in my very own RV kitchen. But you can imagine how space can be an issue. This means that to make the adjustment to RV life I have to start downsizing the kitchen I already have. Here are a few things that make this process easier for me:

Get the RV mindset now

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Even if you don’t yet have your RV, yet it’s never too early to start cooking and prepping like you’re already living in it. (Sigh–if only!) Start getting rid of any glasses, plates, utensils, cookware, and small appliances that you no longer use. If you’re unsure about keeping an item, ask yourself if you have something else that can do the job. When considering that avocado slicer you bought on Amazon last month, could a plain old knife do the same job?

Keep the multipurpose tools

The best tools to keep for your RV kitchen are those that have two or more uses. For example, I’m having a hard time getting rid of my stemmed wine glasses; I look forward to a glass of temperanillo after work. However, I know the stemware will just take up wasted space and will eventually break, so I’m ditching the special wine glasses and enjoying my red in a favorite cocktail glass, which also holds my morning orange juice.

Hang on to the slow cooker

breakfast casserole prepped for overnight cooking

I used to think I had to give up my wonderful, but hefty, crock pot for life on the road. But it’s a great way to make several meals in advance, and it frees up time that’s otherwise spent cooking a regular meal, so I’m hanging onto mine. Besides, many RVers can’t imagine their life on the road without one. There are so many smart ways to use the crock pot in the RV. For example, keep it in the sink while it’s cooking to save space, or use it on a cold day to warm up the rig.

Ditch the round containers

Maximizing space in the RV kitchen is crucial. That’s why I’m throwing out my round food containers. They take up more space because they leave large gaps when stacked together. On the other hand, square containers don’t leave extra gaps when you store them in the cabinet or fridge. It’s kinda like playing Food Container Tetris.

Preparing for an RV kitchen is easier when you keep purpose and space in mind. What thoughts do you have about downsizing your kitchen for full-time RV living? Leave a comment below, and don’t forget to like this post!

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