Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Sorry I missed last week’s newsletter.  I ended up with that “crud” that’s going around right after the show in Las Vegas.  Finally feeling human again and now Mike has it!  In talking to other attendees and exhibitors at the show, it sounds like a lot of people ended up with it so obviously there were folks there spreading it around to the masses! 🙁  It was quite an experience and as I think I told you there was over 2 million square feet of exhibit space…easy to get overwhelmed.  Lots of things we’ve never seen before (and probably won’t ever again!), and lots of things depending on what kinds of products you were looking for.  We were a little disappointed there wasn’t more kitchen gadgets but were told those items are pretty much limited to the big kitchen shows in New York, Chicago and Atlanta. Maybe a trip in my future!

 

NEW TIP:  Clean, Organize and Re-Stock Your Medicine Cabinet This Spring.  Remove everything and check expiration dates.  Discard everything that is outdated or you no longer use and make a list of the things you need to purchase.  Wipe down the inside of the cabinet before reloading things.  Many of you have attended my seminars and know I talk about the trick of putting magnets on the inside of the medicine cabinet door.  Do not buy magnetic tape as the magnet is not strong enough to hold things while you are moving.  Purchase some good strong magnets and 3M Scotch Brand Extreme Indoor/Outdoor mounting tape (sold at most big box stores).  Mount as many as you feel you need and let sit for 24 hours before loading.  This is a great place to  keep metal tweezers, clippers, nail files, hair clips, pins, needles, etc., within reach that are so easy to lose!  Anytime you can clean and organize you are saving space.

Also, if you didn’t do this after reading about it in a previous newsletter, do the same to your First Aid Kit…now while you’re gathering items to restock your medicine cabinet.

A good and easy way to remember to do these things is to schedule them in conjunction with something else so when Spring arrives (or whatever) it jogs your memory to do these things.

Also here are a couple of ideas I read about and thought were worth sharing.  Storing Plastic Bags…I have shared with you about putting them in empty tissue boxes to save space.  Here is a great way to fold them to get even more of them in a box.  They call it a “football” fold…I have also heard it called a “flag” fold.  http://www.thriftyfun.com/Storing-Plastic-Bags-Using-Football-Fold.html

Ways to Get rid of Clutter.  We talk a lot about this in my seminars and in the newsletter.  I believe that especially in a small space you need a “Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place.”  http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf/Organizing/Clutter_Control/Getting-Rid-of-Clutter.html.  Being in an RV for weeks or months at a time or living full time in your RV, these these are all so important.

New Products:  As I told you a couple of weeks ago, I had hoped to add some new products but am still having trouble getting the photos from our supplier.  She has promised them this coming week.

Still on Sale:  Both sizes of silicone spatulas and the wine opener.  Still just $5.00 each.  Only have a few left.

Great Places to Visit:  While in Las Vegas we had time for one day of sightseeing and anytime we are in Vegas, a Must See is the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio Hotel.  While we were there it was decorated for the Chinese New Year…the Year of the Red Monkey.  It was so beautiful.  https://www.bellagio.com/en/entertainment/conservatory-botanical-garden.html#/Past%20Shows.

Chinese New Year at the Bellagio

The Year of the Red Monkey

It is now decorated for Spring.  The other MUST SEE at the Belllagio is the World’s Tallest Chocolate Fountain.  https://www.bellagio.com/en/restaurants/jean-phillipe.html.  It is over 26 feet tall and circulates 2 tons of dark, milk and while chocolate at the rate of 120 quarts per minute through 500 feet of stainless steel pipes into beautiful glass bowls and mixing together.

The World’s Tallest Chocolate Factory.

For all us chocolate lovers, it would be a dream come true to have the key to it and a spoon!

The Mob Museum

The other place we visited was the Mob Museum which is very well done and chock-full of information (3 full floors) about the early days of the Mafia and the families spread out throughout cities across America and how they got their start in Vegas.  We met someone years ago who had been an undercover agent for the FBI and helped take down one of the famous crime families so the place was quite interesting to us.  It even shows the escape route of El Chapo not too long ago.

One of the oldest Slot Machines     

When you pay to park, you are allowed 3 hours and you can certainly spend that amount of time there.  A pleasant change from all the glitz, glitter and noise of the strip. 

 http://themobmuseum.org/.

We have had several successful seminars at RV Parks here in the Palm Springs area and a couple of demonstrations of some of our products.  The park is really emptying out.  Not sure whether it’s just that time of year or people are trying to escape the heat (or some of both).  It has been in the mid 90’s for quite a while and they are saying that is unseasonably warm for this time of year.  Next Monday we head to Yuma for 3 weeks for 3 rallies and I’m sure it’s going to be as warm there also.  Thank goodness for air conditioners!

Safe and happy travels and Happy Spring until next time.

As we have told you all many, many times, RV Space Savers is a huge military supporter and we donate a portion of every sale to help military families.   Sadly last week in the news we found out that the money being sent to one of the charities is being spent on things other than our Wounded Warriors and their families so we have stopped our donations to that organization for the time being and will continue to donate to others we support and look into new ones.

 

 


Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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One of the things we love most about traveling and living in our RV is the wonderful people we meet and how helpful most people are.  Loving to share, whether it’s a tip or idea, an appetizer or pot luck dish, these are the things that make up our wonderful RV community.  I love to see guys all clustered around someone who seems to be having trouble with their RV or toad to offer any help they can or neighbor helping neighbor in an RV Park if the need arises.  It so reminds me of how we grew up as children, in smaller communities where everyone helped everyone else.  What is your favorite tip for small spaces?  Do you have a unique idea or tip to share with others on how you make the space in your RV work best for you?  Please let us hear from you.

I apologize for no newsletter last week and being so late this week.  I have been having some computer issues for the past couple of weeks.  There was a chance that I had a virus on my computer and I certainly didn’t want to be spreading it around.  Luckily it wasn’t a virus, just my anti-virus software cranking up their site with so many viruses out there and trying to protect my computer.

TIPS:

ORGANIZATION   One of my favorites and one I get asked a lot about.  How do I organize this, how can I save space in the bathroom, the bedroom and the kitchen.  I try to give lots of these kinds of tips in my seminars.  Purging and baskets are my 2 favorite solutions.

Both are “freeing” by ridding yourself and your RV of things you don’t use and your mind of clutter.  Here’s a

great link to a short article on 5 Reasons Why Organizing is FUN (well maybe that’s going a little to far)!  http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.com/2015/09/5-reasons-why-organizing-is-fun.html#more

Here is another great article on Organizing.  Some of which will work great in an RV.  http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/tips/g2610/best-organizing-tips/?slide=4

One of our readers and customers sent me this article.http://food52.com/blog/13912-the-best-way-to-store-lettuces-other-greens-a-controversial-method.  Thanks Marijke.  I find it very interesting and would love to try it.  However having an RV fridge, I am only able to use my salad spinner to spin the greens and then put it away.  After reading the article I thought I should address the Produce Keepers and all the things you can do with them.

For those of you who have them, they work great to keep lettuce and greens for long periods of time.  Baby spinach for up to 5 weeks, romaine lettuce up to 4 weeks.  Do not wash before storing and follow the directions for each type of produce you are using it for as to how much air and moisture each needs.  I have 3 small ones in my fridge at all times and use them for everything.  Right now I have one filled with mini cucumbers (3 week old ), one with radishes (2 weeks old) and one with spinach (going on 4 weeks).  While they work wonderfully for berries, you can use them for tons of different kinds of produce.  One of our customers uses the 4 qt. keeper to keep bananas from browning and just sets it on the counter (don’t refrigerate bananas). We’re not great banana eaters but I have tried it and Mike ate the last banana on the 8th day and it hadn’t turned brown.  There are 2 sizes of keepers: A 4 quart and a 2 quart.  For those who have an RV fridge like we do, the small ones work best as the 4 qt. will only fit on the top shelf.  For those who have residential fridges, the 4 quart works great.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=77.

New Product:  Small Fiskie    We started carrying these this winter but I don’t think I’ve ever told you about them.

Made of silicone and heat resistant up to 400 degrees, this is a fork and whisk combined.  Great space saver. Quickly whisk, stir, blend and mix.  Incorporate air into eggs or cream. Use it to fold whipped cream into recipes. Perfect to mix protein drinks. Transfer food to a plate. Scoop and drain.  Safe for nonstick and glass.  They sold like hotcakes at the FMCA Rally in Pomona and I have had lots of great comments about them.  Being able to get rid of those wire whisks that take up so much space is a real plus with this tool. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=150

Tip from customer:  Mouse wasn’t responding properly.   Took it apart… wiped ball with rag/alcohol.  Cleaned inside of mouse w/q tip, dipped in alcohol.  …. wiped mouse pad w/same rag/alcohol.   All working well now.  Great tip…thanks Danise.

 

Great Places To Visit:  There are so many gorgeous places to visit in the fall when the colors are changing.

Here is a link to 21 of the Most Spectacular (according to BozzFeed).  http://www.buzzfeed.com/anniedaly/21-insanely-beautiful-spots-to-see-fall-colors-across-americutm

Wishing you all a happy fall and safe travels.  Please send in you ideas and tips to share with others.  If you enjoy our newsletter, please share  with others.  There is a sign up page on our website and our Facebook page.

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RV Space Saving Tips from RV Space Savers

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As I write this newsletter today, we are traveling down I-5 to Fresno to attend my uncle’s memorial service.  He would have been 95 years old in October, was a WWII Vet and the patriarch of our family, loved and missed by many.  Sadly we are quietly losing the “greatest generation” and no one seems to be paying attention.  It would be nice if the media reported something positive for a change and recognized these heros rather than filling the airwaves with the latest Hollywood or deflategate scandal!  Memories of wonderful times spent with him remind me of all the changes he would have seen in his lifetime!  As I sit here in the truck writing this newsletter while Mike drives, I have a computer plugged into a 110 outlet in the dash all connected by a hotspot on my smart phone while the GPS is giving us directions!   Who had a clue  that just a few years ago there would be all these things to keep us so connected! I cant help but wonder what things will be like when we’re 95!  What will our RV’s look like?  Will more and more people be living in an rv, will there be many more ways to save space.  What will happen to fuel prices and how will our RV’s be powered?  What will happen to the tiny house movement?  Even with that movement, we will still need space savers and have products that we can use in multiple ways.  Lots of things to reflect on in our ever changing world.

Summertime tip:  Carry a collapsible cooler in your car to keep groceries cool on these hot days.  There are many kinds on the market.  Do a Google search and you will be amazed at all the different collapsible and space saving coolers there are to choose from..  We also take along some ice packs to help if we’re not going right home or have quite a distance to go between the market and the RV.

Another great tip:  More and more supermarkets are doing away with plastic bags and asking you to bring your own or pay for paper. These are great little mesh bags that take up very little space, are easy to carry and to wash.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=15.  And please keep those reusable shopping bags washed.  Here is an article well worth reading.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/06/reusable-grocery-bag-germs/4341739/.

One more tips I need to share this week:  Since it is sweet corn season in a lot of the country, here is a quick and easy way to cook and husk it.  https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&sqi=2&ved=0CDsQtwIwA2oVChMIgL-w9oiBxwIVCDiICh2dQgsv&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DU10MkdbzS54&ei=zCi5VYCpJYjwoASdha34Ag&usg=AFQjCNH-aYOFsnMnOCtPNiikGRxN0VkvVw&bvm=bv.99028883,d.cGU.  This is the way I always cook it and this really works. Absolutely no silk left on the ear!   Be sure to have a pot holder or glove that can stand the heat as it is VERY HOT when it comes out of the microwave. I use this silicone glove which is heat resistant to 600 degrees. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=84.  Sadly our supplier has quit making these and I only have 2 left.

Trips, Places To See, Things To Do:  Having grown up in agriculture as kids, one of our favorite things to do as we travel is talk to growers, farmers and ranchers.  We do this in a variety of ways.  1) We love Farmers Markets and enjoy talking to the farmers who sell their produce.  2)  If we’re out driving around the area, we stop and  visit with them in the fields for a few minutes and 3) Our favorite is to call the County Extension Agent in the county we are staying in and find out what crops grow in the area and where we can get up close and personal with the farmers, ranchers and producers. Most people in agriculture are more than happy to educate us on how they grow their products and it is very interesting.  We have learned about so many things in our travels from growing, harvesting and packing avocados to growing and harvesting peanuts, cotton and sugarcane, just a few of the fun visits we have had.  Give it a try and let me know what you have learned.  You can always contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com

Your tips:  Helen sent in this tip…Mount a magnetic board or paint the inside of your cabinet door with magnetic paint…put spices in small metal cans and hang on door. And  speaking of tips…as we have continued to discuss the square clear plastic containers Joni.and Chris sent in these photos of how they repurpose those containers.

Great job Joni and Chris!  Love your organization!  Thanks for sharing.

 

 

We hope you are all enjoying your summer and hope you will share your tips and ideas so we can share them with others.  Also if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

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Tips for Your RV from RV Space Savers

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Good Morning

We hope you are enjoying your summer travels or your summer home if you have a home you go back to in the summer.  Living in an RV is a fun experience and no matter what kind of RV we have, we all need to save space and weight.  It is important to most of us that there is a place for everything and everything has a place.  I know as we sit for a month or more, it seems as though we bring in things that we have not found that special place for so when it is time to be on the road again, it is important to find that storage space.

A couple of ideas that Rver’s use is: 1) If you bring something in, something else has to go out!  And 2)  After sitting in one place for a month or more, go through all the cabinets, drawers, doors, etc., (this goes for you guys as well in the basements).  It is amazing the things you find that you really don’t use or just haven’t kept those storage areas as organized as you do when you’re traveling and know you have to keep things straight to find things.  Try them both and see what works best for you.  It may be a combination of both.  Or do you have another idea?  If so, please share it at rvspacesavers@gmail.com and I will add it to an upcoming newsletter.

One of my favorite tips:

Mr. Clean Erasers really are magic!

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.  They can be used to clean so many things and areas and best of all they are almost weightless and pack a mighty punch of cleaning power in a great space saving product.  One of the many things I use them for is to clean off the smudges left by bottles and cans inside the fridge.  Here is a whole list of things they can do.  https://www.mrclean.com/cleanbook/magic-erasers-101

 

Another great space saving and organizing tips:

Small towel bar

A simple towel rod which can be used to corral many different things  and all depending on what and where you plan to use them, you can possibly use a spring loaded curtain rod to do the same without having to screw in a towel bar. Lots of Rver’s use the spring loaded rods to keep things in the fridge while traveling.

  We also use them in the bedroom closet to keep things on the shelves.  Here’s a bunch more ideas.  http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.com/2015/06/11-ways-to-organize-with-towel-rods.html

A new product we are absolutely love is this Grill Racket.  We use it to make pizzas, kabobs, burgers, fish, shrimp, ham, steak tacos, you name it on the grill.  Keeps the mess outside and from heating up the inside on hot summer days.

 No more things falling through the grill! It is a non stick racket and so easy to use and clean up is fast.  Many of us had those little baskets but this works so much better it is amazing.  Check it out at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=37&product_id=149

This week on Things to Do and Places To See:  North Cascades National Park is an amazing drive in the summer.  You can’t beat the scenery and there are 3 dams on the river to stop and visit as well

Diablo Dam Can you believe the color of the water!

as a couple of power houses, a boat tour on Diablo Lake or even stay at the Ross Lake Resort. The color of the water is mind blowing and is caused by the grinding of rock against rock producing a fine silt called “rock flour” which reacts to the light and causes the blue-green color.  Here are some great links: http://www.nps.gov/noca/index.htm;  http://www.seattle.gov/light/tours/skagit/;  http://rosslakeresort.com/

Customer tip:  Last week I shared the tip about storing dry dog food in square nut containers from Carol.  I received an email from Marijke who also uses those same containers for staples because they are square and she comments…something I learned from you at your seminar in Gillette!  Thanks Marijke.

Speaking of Marijke and Gillette…It’s a Small World after all!  While we were parked at the Thousand Trails Park in Palm Springs this winter, a couple was backing in beside us and getting set up.  The woman said “I know you…you give seminars on saving space!”  She called her husband and said this is the gal who gives seminars on space saving tips and ideas, he said “yes you taught us to roll all our clothes and I still do that!”  Made me smile. 🙂

New tip from a seminar attendee:  We write where we are camped on a dry eraser board in the car asking someone to rescue our dogs  if we should be in an accident & dogs are in the MH…Sue & Jim

If you have a tip to share, please write to us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com

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Happy Veterans Day To All Our Vets

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RV Space Savers would like to thank all those who have served to keep us free.  We salute you and are proud that a portion of every sale is donated to help the Military and their families.  As a way of saying thanks, receive a 20% discount off your entire order now through 11-11-2014  Use Coupon code Vet20.

RV Space Savers Newsletter and Blog Post Oct 2014

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We’re trying something new here at RV Space Savers and looking forward to hearing from you all to see if it is better then the newsletter style we usually send.  Living in an RV and even traveling in an RV for an extended period of time can be challenging.  Finding space saving tips and ideas is a bonus for us all and many Rver’s are great about sharing those tips and ideas.

Here at RV Space Savers we are always researching and trying new space saving ideas that solve problems for anyone with an RV and no matter how big or small our rigs are, we need to make use of any and all ideas that work for us.

Some new products we have found can be found on our website at http://www.rvspacesavers.com.  One of which is this Mesh Food Cover.  It works great to keep bugs and leaves (this time of year) out of either your plate of food or dishes you are sharing at potlucks that we all sure enjoy. They take up very little space and great to have several.  They are 15 inches in diameter so will cover a good sized dish.  They are great little space savers.  See one of the photos on the website of a customer using one. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=140

 

The following link has many great tips and  ideas for RVer’s    15 Minimalist Hacks To Maximize Your Life  http://www.buzzfeed.com/morganshanahan/minimalist-hacks-to-maximize-your-life?&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DIY+1011&utm

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As the leaves turn their brilliant colors and begin to fall, the weather gets cooler along with the wind, rain, gray skies and threat of frost is showing up more days than not, most of us are feeling the “hitch-itch” to head south to the warm weather and saying to one another…”LET’S ROLL! ” Since there are full-timers and snowbirders, getting ready to head south for the winter gives us lots of things to focus on to get ready for the trip. Living in an RV ourselves, we sit in one spot for longer in the summer as we spend time near our kids and their families and that was especially true this year due to Mike having a mild heart attack and his doctors saying “they” would decide when we headed south!  I am always amazed that the longer we sit in one spot the more “stuff” we seem to accumulate!  The motor home (as well as both of us and CoCo) have had our annual check-ups, batteries, belts, fluids and tires checked, all caulking checked and repaired along with the roof, motor home washed and shined and I’m sure there are other things I am forgetting on the outside.  On the inside, the windows get washed, the cabinets cleaned inside and out, carpet is cleaned, refrigerator is cleaned and defrosted and everything is put in its place.  And for you Snowbirds, you have not only all the maintenance things to do but load in all the things you plan to take including clothes, food and kitchen items.  Some of you we have talked to leave non-food items in your rig so you don’t have so much to pack up.  No matter what kind of traveling you do in your RV, there is always a lot to do to get ready for that trek to the sun.  And for some of you brave souls you plan to winter where it’s cold which gives you a whole other set of issues to deal with.   Google “Camping in the Winter” and you’ll find several resources to read.

Are you full time, a snowbird or a summer camper?  Answer here  https://www.surveymonkey.com/summary/?survey_id=57603103.

Places To Visit Travel Tips

Since tomorrow is Halloween I thought it would be fun to add this article.  America’s Best towns to Visit on Halloween.  http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-towns-for-halloween.  Hope you all have a fun Halloween  http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-towns-for-halloween

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Proud to Support Our Military

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RV Space Savers is Proud to support our troops and military families. Every time you make a purchase from RV Space Savers a portion of the proceeds go to support our Military.

Making Your RV Clutter-Free

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Cyber Monday Sale

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Save 15% starting Cyber Monday off your entire order from RV Space Savers.  Great gifts for all those Rver’s, Boaters and those who live in small spaces.  Space saving and collapsible products to stay organized, have more room and carry less weight.  Limited to stock on hand.  Order must be placed by midnight Monday December 10, 2012.  Use coupon code: cyber 15.   NOT GOOD WITH ANY OTHER OFFERS.

 

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