Monday, February 1, 2016

Teardrop Decluttering and Organization

Even though we are fully into the new year, winter can be a good time to declutter and organize your teardrop trailer and get it ready for camping season. Because teardrops are so small, they have a tendency to accumulate items over time that can quickly take over much needed space.

I tend to declutter and organize my teardrop in the fall, but take another swing at it in the winter and spring...just to make sure I got everything. Here are a few tips for decluttering and getting organized for life on the road.

When was the last time you used it?

Each item in a teardrop should have some use or it just takes up space. Ask yourself when was the last time you used a certain pot or pan, an article of clothing, a container of spice or sauce, or even towels and sheets. Can you take a trip without it and be fine? Put those items to the side or store them away from the trailer. After your next trip, if you missed it...put it back in.

Question, but allow, some decorative items

Some teardroppers love to bring along decorative items for their camp like vintage stuff, flags, lawn ornaments, etc. Sometimes these can bring joy to your camping experience. However, take into consideration the space and weight they take up and if they are really worth it. For example, I love my little American flag as a camp marker, but gave up on extra string lights for the campsite.

Pack like with like

Are you always looking for one particular item? Be sure you pack it with items like it. Keep your everyday jacket with your other clothes, keep all utensils together, all games and books together and don't spread toiletry items throughout the sleeping area and the galley.

Is it too heavy, annoying, large, etc?

Is there something that you tend to pack and bring along because you always have? Is it a pain in the butt to haul around, set up or pack away? If it deters you from camping happiness if might be time to let it go. We did that with some very comfortable, but huge camp chairs. They were so heavy and hard to pack in the car. We are now fine with smaller and more compact chairs.

1 comment:

  1. Last time I checked those can be accumulated by taking some teardrop on a grip. However this too, would make an awesome cluttering organization.