Woke up this morning to the wonderful sound of rain on the roof! So needed here in the Seattle area and all across the Western U.S. Sadly it doesn’t look like it will get over the Cascades to the fire ravaged areas. The wind has just arrived and is expected to be 35-50 MPH for the next several hours. Hopefully everyone will stay safe.
We had planned a trip to the John Day Fossil Beds in Oregon and the Prosser, WA Balloon Festival starting mid-September but due to the smoke and fires, we have cancelled the trip. God willing there will be other years to take the trip when there aren’t so many fires.
TIP: SPACE, SPACE, SPACE…who doesn’t need more space in their RV? There are 2 areas in our kitchen that I have always detested…the drawers (there are only 2 and they are 6 inches deep). What to do with them and how to organize them. Living in an RV we all can get pretty creative about ways to use space and space savers. I had come up with some solutions that I have discussed in my seminars that seemed to be the most workable and the other place I detest is the Spice cabinet. It isn’t deep enough to stand 3 spice jars but is too deep for 2. I was always having to remove half the things in the cabinet to find the spice I wanted but have come up with a partial solution to that for the time being.
We had our son–in-law remove the 2 drawers and build 4 drawers with the same dimensions that take up the same amount of space. 2 are 2.5 inches deep and the other 2 are 3.5 inches deep. Rather than waste space by putting drawer fronts on them, he
built a door that closes them all off. They are absolutely perfect and now are so organized that even my OCD loves them! Here are the before and afters.
The cabinets are maple so the door will darken over time because of the oil based poly he put on it. Still am excited every time I open them because now everything has a place and when you take it out and use it, after it’s washed it goes right back in the same space. Blessed to have such a great son-in-law.
The one solution we came up with for the spices is to pretty much remove them all and use the cabinet for baking needs and oil, vinegar, etc. And bless hubby Mike for this solution. He build a great spice rack that fits above our fridge and holds 16 bottles of spices. The holder is angled so when
traveling the bottles don’t come out. Absolutely love it. If you think this is something that might work for you and want Mike’s directions, please email me and I’ll send you a copy. Sadly
the cabinet. We put small cup hooks on each side with heavy duty rubber bands to keep things
in place while traveling and so they don’t all come tumbling out when you first open the cabinet. What are your space saving ideas? What are your challenges? Can you find “out of the box” solutions? Want some ideas? Just email me you problem area and some photos and maybe we can help you come up with a solution.
Products and Tips: Speaking of spices here are a couple of great products to help with those spices. These little pinch bowls are great for spices. I measure out my spices and stack them so the spice bottles aren’t cluttering up what little counter space we all have. We sold these long ago and they sold out right away and our supplier quit making them.
But one of our new suppliers carries them so we have them back. TIP: They also work great to sort your pills into if you take several at a time. Thanks Marilu! https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=64
And the other great thing we have for spices are the Spice Holders which comes with 12 clips. They come in rows of 4 with double sided heavy duty sticky tape but can be broken down however they work for you. They also work great for medication bottles and hanging brooms, mops, etc. You can see inside my spice cabinet I have 2 sets of 2 for small bottles of spices.
TIP: Be sure they are positioned where you want them as they are difficult to remove! https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=107
Great Place To Visit
One of the fun places we visited on our trek back to Washington this spring was in San Jose, CA. It is the world famous Winchester Mystery House built by the widow, the only surviving heir of the Winchester family.
The mansion has over 160 rooms and goes from beautiful to bizarre in the same room! Sarah Winchester started construction on the mansion in 1884 and it continued up to the day of her death some 38 years later. To say this lady was eccentric would be putting it mildly! If you haven’t visited it is worth the stop when you are in the area. http://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/. Have you been somewhere others would enjoy? Do you have a travel tip to share? We love hearing from you.
PLEASE HELP: I am asking a favor of all our readers. I’m sure many of you who RV also love to go to local markets and fairs when you’re in an area like we do. We search them out wherever we are staying for a few days. A friend has asked me to help him market a weekly Community Market with vendors of all kinds and I agreed to do some things to help him make it a success. Would you please take a minute and fill out this 3 question survey. I would so appreciate it and your answers will be very helpful in telling him where and how he should spend his marketing $$$. It is totally anonymous and no one keeps your email address. Thank you in advance. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6ZPXHRQ.
No tips from readers this week but one of our readers has agreed to write a guest article on something I wrote about in a previous newsletter so stay tuned. I am excited about it.
As always if you have space saving ideas, tips, places to see or things you would like to see in our newsletter send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remember to keep our fire fighters, law enforcement and military in your thoughts and prayers for their safety. RV Space Savers is a Proud Supporter of Military families and a portion of every sale goes to causes that help them.
Safe and Happy Travels