I’m not talking about those wonderful edible dough crust encased sandwiches you heat up in the micro. Nope, I’m talking organization. In this case, trailer organization.
Keeping a small space, whether it’s a trailer or an apartment, neat and tidy depends on ideas for storage. Storage that works!
After several trips in our trailer I’m looking for better ways to keep things put away but yet within reach. The medicine cabinet in our trailer is big enough for things we need while traveling but without a means to keep everything in place while moving, meant we had to pack, repack, unpack – wiping my brow here… you get the picture. Now if we only planned to camp in one location for the duration of our trip, it wouldn’t be a problem. But we move, from one location to another throughout our trip.
But even without moving, just trying to find what you want without pulling items out can be tedious and irritating.
On one of our last trips, I decided I was going to create a crochet pocket holder for the inside back wall of the medicine cabinet. After creating it the size I needed, I used Velcro to adhere it to the back wall. Viola, I have a cabinet that moves with us without having to remove items for mobility and did I mention I can find whatever I want at the tip of my fingers?
It’s actually pretty easy to make your own organizational pocket, for whatever size space you have, and what you’d like to place within the pockets – hence, it has to be customized for it to work well for you.
Start with a base of one or two rows of double crochet for the width needed.
For an example I’ll provide the first set of instruction for an imaginary organizer. This will give you an idea of how to customize your own by changing the width, the pocket sizes etc. But it’s best to gather the items you want to house; things you buy on a regular basis. For mine, it’s mostly travel sized lotion, shower gel, spray cologne, and then over the counter medications. This means I have smaller sized containers I like to use. I decided on larger pockets on the first row of my organizer and then smaller ones for the top. Be sure to consider the weight of items placing larger, heavier items on bottom.
Designer Note: base rows can consist of anywhere from 1 to 3 rows and you may want to match the frame with the width of your base rows. For example if you want one base row, 2 dc on each side for your frame will work nicely.
Base Row(s)) Ch 43 (or size width needed); dc in 5th ch from hook (first 5 chs skipped count as first dc plus base); dc in next 38 ch (or rem ch); working into the back humps of ea ch will provide a nicer finished edge: 40 dc.
Rnd 1) Ch 3, turn work; dc in next dc (or more) (creating one side of frame for organizer), dc in front lp of next 10 dc (or more forming width for first pocket), dc in next 2 dc working through both loops (or more forming divider bet pockets), dc in front lp of next 12 dc (or more forming width for second pocket), dc in next 2 dc working through both loops (or more forming divider bet pockets), dc in front lp of next 10 dc (or more forming third pocket), dc in both lps of last 2 dc (forming frame), ch 1, turn work; sl st in first 2 dc (frame), working in unworked back lps of each dc on previous row, dc in next 10 dc (first pocket opening formed), sl st in next 2 dc (pocket divider), dc in unworked back lps of next 12 dc (second pocket opening formed), sl st in next 2 dc (pocket divider), dc in unworked back lps of next 10 dc (third pocket opening formed), sl st in last 2 dc (frame).
As you’ll notice you match the back opening for pockets with the front of your organizer.
Rnd 2) Ch 3, turn work; dc in next dc working over sl st (frame), dc in next 10 dc (first pocket), dc in next 2 dc (divider), dc in next 12 dc (second pocket), dc in next 2 dc (divider), dc in next 10 dc (third pocket), dc in last 2 dc (frame), ch 1, turn work; sl st in first 2 sts (frame), dc in next 10 dc, sl st in next 2 dc, dc in next 12 dc, sl st in next 2 dc, dc in next 10 dc, sl st in last 2 dc.
Continue working in like fashion for the height of your pockets. Now all three pockets don’t need to be the same height if you want to adjust or customize the organizer.
When you reach the desired pocket size for any or all pockets, simply sl st across the opening on the front and dc on the back continuing to create a solid backing. If you only want one pocket to end, sl st across the opening and then ch 3 on the first st of the divider and work as usual. Work a few rows after an opening before starting another pocket to give your first pocket stability and height for the product you plan to place within.
With a bit of practice, you’ll be up and running!
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