Airstream Kitchen Organization - 30 foot Flying Cloud Bunk - Tips for Organizing an RV Kitchen
I have literally organized this kitchen 1,000 times since we moved in back in July of 2016. I believe I have finally found the best layout for our things so I wanted to share for those of you that may be struggling to get one of the most important parts of your Airstream in order. Here are our tips for organizing your Airstream kitchen: Here are our upper cabinets:
With these I have tried both making them the pantry, solely for food and this set-up. I really like this set-up because it is easy to grab the appliances I want when I want them without taking out 5,000 other things.
We used a plate divider to divide (from left to right): 2- 6 count muffin tins, the RV sized cookie sheet and pan, Corelle Livingware 18-Piece Glass Dinnerware Set, Winter Frost White, Service for 6. To the right of that we have big servings bowls and small bowls that came with the set, snack take-n-toss bowls with lids (basically our only plastic) and 2 Lifefactory 22-Ounce BPA-Free Glass Water Bottle with Flip Cap & Silicone Sleeve, Turquoise (3 would fit in that space but we don't need 3.)
These really cheap, from Target or Walmart, plastic bins fit perfect in the upper cabinets. They come as a set of 3 and all 3 of them fit snuggly. They are perfect for holding our glasses, kids straw cups, zillions of vitamins and baby bottles. We also have a Yeti in the back there and some small juice glasses.
These last 2 upper cabinets are great for miscellaneous food items. We buy mostly fresh produce (which I put in the produce basket we added) and cold items. The black things on the far right our the DVD's we have with us, I put them in CD cases and got rid of the big bulky boxes. We found these small round cases at Target.
This space can be tricky because it is deep and tall. I found that putting dry goods in mason jars helped this space so much! I labeled the tops of the lids so I can look and pull out exactly what I want. The bottom self has a pot organizer that was customizable to the width. It allowed me to have bigger and smaller spaces. The collapsible dish dryer we have will slide into the right-most space so it can be put away. Our small kettle sits in front of all of this when we move.
This is the top shelf in the pantry. In the back are 2 glass Tupperware containers for leftovers and our hand mixer. In the front is a Pyrex Prepware 8-Cup Glass Measuring Cup with Lid and inside usually lives a small stainless steel bowl.
This is the middle shelf, my mason jars fit perfectly (there are 12 of them) with cake mixes to the left. I replaced the lids with Ball Regular Mouth Jar Storage Caps Set of 8 to make them easier to label and take on and off.
The bottom shelf of the pantry has the adjustable pan holder that I found at Target, I believe it is actually marketed for lids, but it works great! From left to right: Instant Pot Tempered Glass Lid for Electric Pressure Cookers, 9", Stainless Steel, collapsible strainer, 12 inch cast-iron skillet, traditional sized cookie sheet, Sea to Summit 2.8 Liter X-Pot, Pacific Blue, Large, non-stick skillet, an empty space for our collapsible dish-drying rack and then a cooling rack for baking. This is the Collapsible Dish Drying Rack Drainer, Plastic, White with Gray, One Piece, Small, Compact, 15 x 11.5 Inches with Utensil Holder that we have! It is so much better than those small RV ones that hold like 2 plates and cups.
Airstream provided this divider and I love it! It is pretty self-explanatory. We keep our cutting mats and trivets to the right side of the drawer, measuring cups and spoon rest to the left side.
Spices & Other Bottled Dry Storage Things:
Our Airstream has a thin cabinet under the stove and one under the silverware drawer. We place our oils, teas, honey, vinegars, etc under there. We also purchased magnetic spice tins to live on the side of our vent and hold our regularly used spices. We got them at Bed, Bath & Beyond. We have 8 of them, 4 on each side of the vent hood.
Under the Sink:
I highly recommend placing a bin like this under your sink to keep your bottles upright when you move and to catch any water if your sink leaks (has happened to us twice.)
Where are the utensils?
We actually don't have this utensil holder anymore as it got in the way but if you don't need a lot of open counter space 3M one of these to your counter and it can live there happily. We needed the counter space open so now we keep all of those items in the small drawers to the left of the stove, under the pantry area. There are 4 small drawers, our top 2 are for foil, wax paper, utensil's, can opener, etc. The 3rd one down is our "junk drawer" and the 4th at the bottom holds zip-lock bags and kitchen towels. We LOVE this suction cup bathroom organizer we found at Target. It holds our coffee french press, 2 small glass jars with sugar and coffee (not pictured), our Thieves cleaner and our dish soap. We keep all of those items in the tray when moving, they are held safely in place by the suctions. We used 3M hooks to hold our oven mitts behind the range top.
Extra Storage we added:
We did a little remodel and took out a couch, you can see that in detail here. We love our Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W so much that it needed a special place. Plus, adding the pull-out pantry has been awesome for canned goods! Many Airstream models come with a pull-out already but ours did not have that in the layout.
Overall, organizing an Airstream kitchen is very personal. What you need will depend on how often and what you cook. I hope showing you our organization will help you a little! If you have any questions please comment, or find us on Facebook here. We would love to connect with you!
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