“Minimalism in an RV” is a series I started recently discussing how minimalism, particularly in an RV, affects individuals and families. I have already talked about how minimalism in an RV forces us to deal with our personal problems. Today I want to talk about living without a desk or designated work space in an RV.
Now there are some fulltime RVers that have created little desks in their traveling homes but most do not have the floor space to do so. We have a laptop and most the time we just use in at the dining table or in our laps while sitting on the couch or bed. We also have a printer that is plugged in and stored in the cabinet below our living room tv. I feel these two things are kept in very convenient locations.
Paperwork, office supplies, and homeschooling materials have been a bit trickier but we are learning to downsize and organize what we have. We bought an according file folder for our filed paperwork and big envelopes for old documents we need to keep. Office supplies are mostly in smaller storage containers and baskets in the cabinet above the tv. Our homeschooling material is all in a plastic crate on the floor.
I will admit that the storage options in RVs are challenging sometimes. We have plenty of it in ours but it takes some time getting used to in an RV when you become a fulltime family. Downsizing what you have to only what you need and truly want has helped us. I went through office supplies and narrowed down our pens, pencils, crayons, colored pencils, markers, and such to just the bare minimum before we moved in. We are not a crafty family, except my sewing hobby, so this was easy for me. I still feel paperwork is a constant struggle though.
Have you had trouble with not having a desk in your RV? What are some organizing tips you have for an RV’s office space? I’d love to hear your thoughts.