Hi-- I am a longtime lurker with my first question. We recently bought our very first MH--we're rookies--and are getting ready for the shakedown. I bought the stuff for the kitchen from the lists here in this forum (thank you) and yesterday I started putting it away.
My question is, how do you keep things organized--so they don't rattle and don't shift? I have drawer liner stuff, but there are no plastic dividers small enough for the tiny drawers that I assume are meant to hold the silverware and utensils. Do you keep it in boxes in the basement and bring it up when you set up camp?
Thank you for all the invaluable information in these posts.
We found silverware holders at walmart. Also, a variety of plastic trays to hold spatulas, etc. We keep glasses in their original boxes and put bubblewrap sheets between stacks of plates. Haven't had anything break in 12 years.
Ditto on the plastic trays and small silverware holder. If you do not have the original packing from the glassware I use several of the cardboard drink trays from fast food places..holds glasses in groups of 4. Have not had any breakage yet.
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We are long-weekend campers. We use mostly paper plates and plastic cups. I use placemats, paper plates or paper towels to keep kettles and lids from rattling. The web, no-skid shelf liner in drawers and cupboards keeps things pretty much in place, but so does keeping the cupboard rather full. Rubber bands around the handles keeps utensils quiet. I keep little stuff (spices, matches, drink mixes, toothpicks, etc.) corralled in a small shoe box or an 8X8 baking pan.
If things rattle on the road, remember, you're driving a house.
I just toss all the tableware in a drawer and let it rattle around.
I have the utensils in another drawer.
the sharp knives are in the plastic divider that they came in from the store. It works, both to protect them, and to protect us when we reach into the drawer.
Sure, it would be nice, I guess, to have a place for everything and everything in its place, but I refuse to obsess about it.
I can't hear what is going on in the kitchen while I'm driving, anyway.
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Just go camping. Figure out what works FOR YOU. We use plastic/paper. Others use dishes and silverware. What works for me may not be what works for you. Where my MH has storage may not be where your MH has storage.
You'll know when you go. So just go. Have fun. Worry less about the "stuff".
We found small plastic drawer dividers, utencil holders and even various sizes of food storage containers work well for keeping small items organized in both the kitchen, bathroom and all other cabinets. To keep pans, lids, mixing bowls, literally anything that can rub on something else, we use that foam wrap designed for packing delicate items for shipping. If you like to sew you can make padded sleeves for special items like frying pans, toasters, etc.
I carry a set of Corel dishes...I actually had a large Tupperware container that was the perfect size for the dinner plates to fit in that keep the dishes from being damaged if the stack should shift.
The main rule -- keep everything packed reasonably tight so there is no room for anything to shift around a lot but everything will jiggle and wiggle, causing scratches and marks. You will find out after you 1st road trip...what has moved and what did not, what got rubbed and what went marvelously.
I found another food storage container the exact size to store 4 wine glasses each nestled in thier own tube sock. We carry plastic (good quality Tupperware) drinkware instead of glass drinking "glasses". We found hard plastic glases when stacked and rubbing against each other don't stay looking nice unless wrapped and it's a hassle to have to unwrap each time you to use one. And, try as you might, stacked drinkware will topple out of the cabinet when you open the door after a ride down the road unless you use some kind of barrier like the spring tension rods to hold them upright (even when packed tightly). We do carry glass coffee mugs and have them arranged with the plastic glasses so they do not make noise or get damaged.
Just use your imagination & ingenuity and you'll find out how to protect your belongings.