Looking to hit the open road this summer? Then you’ll want your motorhome to be in top condition! In this article, Lisa Lyons from Plastic Box Shop shares her five top tips to organise your campervan renovation, to make the most of it, for the summer and beyond.
Over the past year, we’ve become increasingly appreciative of the world around us. A 2020 survey found that the majority of participants spent more time in the great outdoors over lockdown, and most planned to keep this up in the future too (University of Cumbria). And there’s no better way to explore the outdoors than by hitting the open road in your campervan.
Brits have always loved their motorhomes, but recently they’ve become more popular than ever. In fact, in August 2020, the number of new motorhome registrations increased by a whopping 40%, in comparison with the previous year (Out and About Live).
While campervans are soaring in popularity, one common complaint among motorhome owners is lack of space. Fortunately, this issue isn’t too difficult to resolve. Whether you’re a campervan connoisseur or a complete newbie, use the following five tips to organise your renovation and make the most of your motorhome.
1. Do some decluttering
It’s a good idea to start your renovation with a clean slate. So, before you begin planning the new design, spend some time decluttering the items stored in your campervan. This will allow you to see how much storage you actually need. Plus, you can sell off the bits that you don’t need to make some extra cash to spend on the renovation — it really is a win-win!
Start your decluttering session by making four piles: keep, sell, donate, and throw away. If you want to be particularly ruthless with your sort out, go through the keep pile another couple of times to see if there’s any excess to get rid of. But remember, you don’t need to keep just the bare minimum, as there are plenty of ways to find extra space for your possessions if you use smart storage solutions!
2. Design with space in mind
When doing your renovation, always keep space in the forefront of your mind. Having enough surface space is important when it comes to opening cupboards and draws, and manoeuvring around your van when doing simple tasks, such as cooking or washing up. Plus, the roominess will make you feel much more comfortable, so you can enjoy your motorhome to the fullest.
It’s a good idea to consider how you can add storage without taking up precious floor space. Install overhead cupboards and utilise hooks to hang things such as backpacks and outdoor gear. You can also take your storage outside the van by installing a roof rack.
3. Maximise those awkward spaces
Even if you’ve tried to use every last inch of space, there always seems to be those dead areas that you just can’t fill. But there is usually something to stick in this space — it just takes some time to figure out what. For example, although you might think that cupboards are full to the brim, you may be able to create some extra room by hanging utensils on the back of the door.
Don’t forget about the hidden space that doesn’t immediately spring to mind too, such as under the seats. Use small storage boxes under here to keep the items that are useful to have upfront. You can even add mesh pockets to the back of each seat to store those small items that always seem to go missing, such as remote controls or glasses cases.
4. Consider your interiors
It’s not just the amount of free space you need to consider when organising your campervan renovation: it’s important to think about the overall look too. After all, you’ll want to spend as much time as possible in your freshly done out motorhome, so you need to enjoy your surroundings! Use soft furnishings to give your van a cosy vibe, and opt for a light colour scheme to make the space seem larger.
And remember, just because your storage is practical doesn’t mean it has to be dull! Bring some vibrancy into your motorhome by opting for storage containers with brightly coloured lids. If you’re unsure of which shades to go for, try to match them to your overall colour scheme. You can also mix up the types of storage solutions you use by using different styles, such as rattan storage boxes.
5. Keep it organised
Once your renovation is done, put your possessions back in an orderly manner, and make sure to keep them organised too. With any small space, it’s vital to have a home for everything. If one item is left out or misplaced, it’s not long before the same happens to the rest of your things, and before you know it, you’re trapped in a clutter cycle.
To keep things tidy and easy to find, use small storage boxes and cupboard organisers. Even the smallest of items can be given a home with compartment boxes. And don’t be afraid to think outside of the box either. For example, a cutlery tray can be used in many different ways, such as to store jewellery, makeup, or crafting materials.
If you use the tips above, your renovated campervan should be both spacious and beautiful. For more simple ways to improve your life, check out our other articles at Five Ways To. We hope you enjoyed learning about ways to organise your campervan renovation. For other great money saving tips, find out how to build a pallet planter for your garden, you could even take it on the road with you!