Monday, March 29, 2010

Nesting

Heidi always tells me how much women like to nest. "We are nesters" she says and I believe it. As true as that is, this post is about a different type of nesting that does still have some connection to "Heidi Homemaker" (I am sure I will pay for that crack later!)

A friend requested a little info on how we squeeze so much stuff in our little vanhome. The easy answer is usually creative nesting. Take for example the next few images.

You can see a nice nested stack of pots here, but it doesn't show the true story. In that maybe one square foot of storage, there is a considerable number of hidden cooking vessels.

Heidi has a highly developed talent for packing many things into very small locations. In a van, even a well designed one, it is worth it to develop this talent and learn to adapt it as needed.

Nesting is especially suited to condensing clothes into well organized bins. This closet(Roadtrek calls it an "Armoire") holds an amazing amount of clothes in those bins. Not only do they provide a decent volume of storage, those nested bins also do a great job of keeping the clothes within them wrinkle free! Because of this efficient packing method, there remains room in the "Armoire" for two large drawers of food storage below and a shelf at the top containing our natural cleaning supplies. Well done Heidi Homemaker!

11 comments:

  1. nice post!

    "heidi homemaker?"

    oh there may not be an unscathed place on you once she reads that...

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  2. Thanks Cap!

    I am counting on her sense of humor to save me! I don't think I better add to that!

    -Mike

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  3. that's great info! I had old trunks in my bus that I used for storage. It looked more like a Gypsy wagon and not as neat as your's ..hah

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  4. Thanks Pam! This is pretty much all Heidi's doing, i it was mine, doubt it would be so neat :)

    -Mike

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  5. Wow. Very impressive. Heidi should consider a side career as an organizational consultant to the vandwelling world. Pardon me while I go take a long hard look at my van's closets...

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  6. More pics of the other cabinets please! I have a 190P Roadtrek (1991). I'm always looking for better storage ideas. I would love to full time in my B, but the DH isn't interested. So I fulfil my dream with your site and a few others.

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  7. Very nice blog guys...and SUPER job of organizing, Heidi....where does Mike's hat fit when he isn't wearing it...unless of course, he wears it all the time....
    Honestly Heidi...there WILL be a day when there is nothing possible left to do on your roamhome and you will be ..on the road....
    Katie has her van so empty of clutter and stuff it is scary. She has been on a big mission to do it and it is nice for the two of them...Mutt can actually sleep on the floor on his own bed now...
    Bri

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  8. Thanks guys!

    To Pam: I like trunks too!

    To Glenn: if I made it a carrer it wouldn't be fun anymore! lol

    To Sandee: Captain has us working on that.. we'll have more pictures soon. Maybe your DH will change his mind. :)

    To Brian: Yes, he *always* wears the hat. lol

    To My Sweetheart: That's for the Heidi Homemaker thing! ;) -Heidi

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  9. Thanks Glenn, Sandee and Brian for the comments! I plan to write a lot more on how we manage to keep everything we want with us. I have actually made a few modifications(imagine that) to give us more flexibility with packing too. Will cover them all soon!

    -Mike

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  10. I like Heidi Homemaker because I know she's making a home for my son. Heidi, when you come to visit you can give me some pointers on condensing things into a manageable space. Fun to read the blog and others comments. Love you both, Mom

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