When we traded in our 42′ fifth wheel to our tiny 25′ Class C motorhome, we also had downsize our kitchen and bathroom accessories to fit our new minimalist lifestyle. Most of our RV kitchen and bathroom accessories didn’t fit into our tiny cabinets, drawers, and storage compartments. So, I had to come up with smaller solutions without sacrificing function and needs.
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When downsizing from a big RV to a much smaller motorhome or camper, you’ll quickly find out how much you miss storage space, wall space and even floor space.
So, after cross-decking to our small Class C Winnebago View motorhome, we had to literally start over in outfitting our bathroom and kitchen accessories down to even a simple whisk!
But here’s the thing, when downsizing, it’s not about just getting rid of a few things. It’s about converting your larger essentials to smaller; just like downsizing from a big rig RV to a much smaller motorhome.
RV Kitchen and Bathroom Accessories for Small RVs and Campers
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In this article, you’ll see what we had for our previous RV kitchen and bathroom accessories versus what we have now for our smaller living space in our 25′ motorhome.
So, let’s see what we downsized from and to.
RV KITCHEN ACCESSORIES
We originally had a 6-quart Instant Pot in both fifth wheels. We loved this size because it offered ability to make larger meals for left overs. Or, we could batch cook when we would prepare for long(er) term boondocking.
We also had the clear glass lid made specifically of our 6-quart Instant Pot for slow cooking without pressure. We also used a 7.5″ spring pan for baking cheesecake, a silicone steamer basket to steam vegetables and accessory kit. We had to give all of that up because our bigger Instant Pot wouldn’t even fit in the dinette seating storage.
But, I didn’t have to give having an Instant Pot completely.
Now, we have a 3-quart ‘mini’ Instant Pot that has all the same features but is much smaller. The good thing is it uses less electricity so it’s a bonus when we’re camping off the grid using our lithium batteries. The not-so-good is we no longer can batch cook or make bigger meals that allows for leftovers.
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But that’s okay because in our Winnebago View, we really don’t have the space in our refrigerator anyways to store leftover.
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In our big fifth wheel, we loved our Dyson 8 cordless stick vacuum cleaner. It was awesome because we have cats and they shed a lot. But, again, we didn’t even have the wall space to mount the charging station let alone have it plugged in.
But, now that we have downsized to a smaller RV, we had to find a smaller portable multi-use upright handheld vacuum cleaner.
Though much smaller, it’s powerful 1000 watt motor and double filtration system is just the ticket for vacuuming up that Maine Coon thick hair, sand, grit and whatever else gets tracked in.
It cleans both carpet and hard floors. We’ve found that it can pick up even the finest dust that other vacuums miss. Its’ extra-long power cord makes it awesome for vacuuming our Jeep. It’s compact and stores easily under one of our dinette bench seats.
I admit, I’m quite particular about our towels and face cloths. We can’t stand those cheap scratchy bath towels that also leave lint everywhere. But also, we can’t stand polyester towels that aren’t absorbent.
A friend told me about Turkish cotton towels. Honestly, before, I never even heard of them. I was a bit hesitant in buying them because they weren’t thick and thirsty like the standard bath towels we were used to. But we gave them a chance.
The first time we used them, we were pleasantly surprised. Though they look and feel thinner, they absorb like magic because they’re 100% absorbant cotton with no polyester fillers. And, the color I picked coordinated perfectly to our bathroom. OH, and did I mention, because they’re so absorbant, they dry super fast.
And, since they aren’t so thick and bulky, they roll compactly to less than a t-shirt. But, when completely unfurled, they are huge! In fact, they’re actually larger than the thick terry cloth towels we had.
So now, we only keep four Turkish bath towels. We keep two hanging up in the bathroom and the other two are rolled up in our tiny clothes closet.
Oh, and did I mention that we also traded in our terry cloth hand towels in for Turkish hand towels as well.
The cool thing is they come in all different colors so I can change them out often to coordinate with our bath towels.
Bathroom Trash Can
If you watched our RVers 10 Question Challenge YouTube video, you’ll see that we joked about how tiny our Winnebago View bathroom is. It literally is about the size of the bathroom on an airplane.
Since our trash receptacle isn’t built in like those on an airplane, we had to find a trash can that would fit on what little floor space we have. We certainly didn’t want to lose precious under-cabinet space by placing a trash can inside.
But then, we found this tiny little trash can instead!
We simply open the spring-open lid with a little push of our finger and voila! Our daily bathroom trash is tucked into this little trash bin!
What’s also great is it’s square, so it fits in the corner perfectly and doesn’t take up a whole lot of space. I also bought little composting trash can liners so I didn’t have to touch whatever the heck is put in there. At the same time, we feel great about using green products.
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