A functional entryway in your home can help reduce clutter and give you peace of mind in knowing where the little things are. While creating a functional entryway in a home can be a challenge, it’s even more so in an RV, especially considering the somewhat limited wall and floor space. But rest assured that you can use creative ways to accomplish the goals of less clutter and misplacement of essential items such as keys.
A drop zone is a space generally near the entryway (though you can get creative with the location) where you can place items you enter and exit with all the time. Some of those items may be keys, a dog leash, shoes, and coats. The need for a drop zone generally arises from an urge to create easier access to the items you need when you leave or return to your home.
Today we’re going to touch on three tips for creating a drop zone in your RV in the hopes it can help you feel more comfortable in your space.
1. Establish where you want the drop zone to be
In an RV, you may find yourself with limited available space, so you’ll want to establish where you’d like your drop zone to be. Though it may look like there’s no room, consider the stairwell, the sides of the furniture, above the door, the back of the door, or even the corner of the kitchen countertop or dinette booth. If your sofa is located next to the door, you may be able to slide baskets underneath for shoe storage.
You’re looking for unused space that you could create use for. We had unused stairwell space and the side of our sofa available in our entryway and knew we had to capitalize on it.
2. Establish what you need to create space for
After you’ve established where you have space opportunities available, it’s time to determine what you need to create space for. The items you’ll be creating space for are very personalized, but some examples could include a space for your keys, shoes, jackets, hats, and various pet supplies. Take some time and think about the items you generally need when you leave the RV and what you set down when you get back.
3. Establish how to get it done
Now that you know where you want to place your drop zone and what you’d like it to contain, it’s on to establishing how to get it done. There are different ways to corral items in your drop zone, including hooks, baskets, rods, bowls, trays, tote bags, cubbies, or even a custom shelf. To figure out what will work best for you, look at your category from above and decide which options accommodate the needs of those items.
Space may be limited near the door in an RV, so don’t be afraid to branch outside of that space. For instance, we don’t have enough wall space near the entrance to hang coats or sweaters, but have added hooks to our sliding bathroom door to hang them when necessary. My wife keeps her purse on a hook near the bedroom, and I’ve occasionally hung my coat on a cabinet knob in front of the captain’s chair, which is often hidden by the curtains we have hanging up front.
Pro tip: Ikea is an excellent resource for narrow storage solutions, which are perfect for an RV.
After you create your drop zone, we suggest you live with it for a while. Then you’ll be able to decide what aspects of it are and aren’t working for you. This may take some trial and error, and as you figure out how you live in your RV, your needs may evolve. When making your space more comfortable for you and your lifestyle, it’s important to be fluid in your decisions by allowing yourself the space to change something that doesn’t work.
There are several small space solutions available when it comes to creating a drop zone in your RV; you have to figure out what works best for you.