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Posted: 04/22/22 09:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Perhaps someone has encountered a product that will fit our need ?

Our TT has ward cabinets on either side of our bed that we use for clothes storage. Folded shirts, shorts, trousers, socks and underwear. To keep things semi-organized and prevent a big pile of wadded up clothing, we use totes to hold the folded clothing.

Problem:
The inside of the cabinets are 12" wide, but the face frame opening is 9" So any sort of hard sided totes leave a lot of unused space side to side.

Solution:
A crushable, soft-side tote that can squeeze thru the opening but is actually wider.

Everything I have found in the "soft side" category has metal stiffeners to hold the shape.

Has anyone encountered a product that might work? Just a basket or heavy canvas that will hold folded clothing but can squeeze into the space.

Wondering if anyone has tried removing the metal stiffeners that commonly come in the soft side baskets typically found ?

I'm also considering getting some heavy canvas "boat and tote" bags and modifying (fold the sides in and sew or hot glue). LL Bean makes them but they are pricey. Looking for some cheaper alternatives.

Thanks for your ideas!


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I use a different approach. Instead of folding clothing and putting in storage areas, I roll the items and use rubber bands to keep the clothing rolled. Rolling and using rubber bands really does not take much more time than just folding. The rolls are neat, easy to organize and keep the clothes more or less wrinkle free. You can buy huge bags of rubber bands for very little money at Staples or from Amazon.

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We have used collapsible soft tote boxes from IKEA for years. They compress if necessary, fold down to nothing when not needed, and are very reasonable. Might be worth a try!

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You can try packing cubes instead. Many sizes available. Completely "soft-sided" so no wires, stiffeners, etc. Can be squished to fit. Many have a mesh top that you can see the contents through.


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JimK-NY wrote:

...I roll the items and use rubber bands to keep the clothing rolled...


I like it! think outside the "box."

Guthaways wrote:

We have used collapsible soft tote boxes from IKEA for years. They compress if necessary, fold down to nothing when not needed, and are very reasonable. Might be worth a try!


Been to Ikea dozens of times, how did I miss these? I will renew my search, thanks!

toedtoes wrote:

You can try packing cubes instead...


Aha! a helpful new search term. I see some possibilities. Thanks!


Keep 'em coming folks. Thanks in advance.

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I used a hanging "Sweater storage" thing to my closets - they are folding and soft-sided but when hanging, create 12" shelves/cubes. If they are too long, the bottom unused shelves simply lie flat - or you can cut them off with scissors

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I have found the best way for me to pack to eliminate the big ball of clothes is the way I stack the clothes; I but all the clothes I will wear in a day together, and stack the days. This means what I want is always on top. The most I have to dig thru is a towel and pair of socks. (I always put a odd pair of socks in because wet feet has caused issues before)

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What about a simple duffle bag?


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The big wards with no shelves are def a waste of space and the totes are a good idear.
If we used our camper more than the extremely infrequent amount we do now, I’d consider making some shelves to go in them.


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JRscooby wrote:

I have found the best way for me to pack to eliminate the big ball of clothes is the way I stack the clothes; I but all the clothes I will wear in a day together, and stack the days. This means what I want is always on top. The most I have to dig thru is a towel and pair of socks. (I always put a odd pair of socks in because wet feet has caused issues before)


I do this with smaller sized packing cubes. One day's worth of clothing goes in one packing cube. Makes it easy to pull out that day's clothes without a stack of loose clothing falling over. I usually have one cube containing extra socks, etc. The cubes stack better in cupboards. And by getting different colored cubes, it's easy to distinguish between his and hers, specialty wear (eg, swimsuits, exercise clothes, pjs, etc) and daily wear.

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