25 Tips (That You'll Actually Use) to Organize Your Cabin
Ahoy there! Are you ready to set sail on your next cruise adventure? As a seasoned cruiser, I've learned a thing or two about keeping my cabin organized and making the most of the limited space onboard. Whether you're a first-time cruiser or a seasoned sailor, these tips will help you create a clutter-free and comfortable cabin that you'll truly enjoy. So, grab your favorite beverage (hot or cold) and let's dive in!
- Are you an over-packer?
Let's start with the age-old dilemma of packing. We all want to be prepared for any occasion, but lugging around heavy suitcases is no fun. As a self-proclaimed over-packer, I understand the struggle. With each cruise, I am getting better and better and am more realistic with what I will actually need. Plan your outfits ahead, considering both daytime and evening attire. Don't forget swimwear and comfortable shoes. Oh, and remember to check your cruise line's dress code for any formal or chic nights. Some cruise lines have a White Evening where everyone wears white. It’s so fun! 😊
Ah a must in my opinion! The walls of cruise ship cabins are typically metal, which means you can use magnetic clips and hooks to hang items like hats, sunglasses, jackets, bags, lanyards, or even your daily cruise itinerary. It keeps your floor clear and makes everyone happy!
Another unusual way to use your magnet hooks: We had a nightlight as a light fixture in our cabin that automatically came on with movement. So, if one of us got up early, that light went on and woke the other person. We tried to take the light fixture out, but it felt glued onto the roof, so we decided to leave it there. We ended up placing magnet hooks around the night light on the roof, and then hung a beach towel from the hooks to prevent the movement from being detected. Worked like a charm!
- Get extra hangers, or remove the excess.
When you step into your cabin, you'll likely meet your friendly room steward. Don't hesitate to ask for extra hangers if you need them. Hanging as many items as possible can save space and keep your clothes wrinkle-free. On our last cruise, we had too many hangers! That meant they were clicking together at night with the movement of the ship. Simply ask your steward to remove the extras. Efficiency at its finest!
- Store luggage under your bed
Once you're settled in, unpack your luggage quickly and tuck those suitcases away. If they're collapsible, try nesting one inside the other to save even more space. Some cabin stewards may even offer to stow them under your bed for you. A clear cabin floor creates a sense of openness and helps you move around more comfortably.
Ah, packing cubes, my trusty travel companions. These little wonders are a game-changer when it comes to keeping your belongings organized. Not only do they save space, but they also make it easier to find what you need. You can even keep some items in the cubes themselves and place them directly on the shelves or in drawers. Pro tip: If you're traveling with a spouse or children, consider getting different-colored cubes for each family member. It makes sorting and finding their clothes a breeze.
Cruise ship bathrooms are notorious for their limited space. But fear not! An over-the-door hanging organizer can work wonders. Hang it on your bathroom door and free up valuable shelf space. You can store everything from lotions and medications to hair products and more. But I wanted to tell you what a pleasant surprise we got when we unpacked our luggage in our stateroom on our last cruise. The bed was full! Yep, I overpacked again. Do you do that?
I saw my husband get into action and he took our two 100 lbs. magnet hooks, reached up to the stateroom roof, clicked the magnets on the roof, and proceeded to place our shoe organizer on the magnet hooks. Then he swiftly took everything off the bed and placed it in the shoe organizer compartments! Viola! The bed was clear, and my mind was free of clutter again. Aaah, we were ready for our adventure onboard the Regal Princess. It honestly freed up so much space in our cabin! Its obviously great for shoes, but also creams, lotions, hair accessories, jewelry, cameras, phones, etc.
- Empty out your mini-fridge
If you've brought your own case of water bottles and want to keep them chilled, make room in your mini-fridge. You can also use it to store milk containers from breakfast. (Be sure to check your cruise line's policy on outside food and beverages.) And here's a bonus tip: Ask your room attendant to fill your ice bucket each evening so when you return after a day’s excursion, you’ll have ice ready to go.
- Clear up the counter clutter
Upon entering your cabin, you might find a few unnecessary items on the counters or desk. If you won't be using them, stash them away to create more space. Feel free to ask your cabin steward to remove anything you know you won’t need. It will make your life easier.
- Create a designated "landing zone"
Designate a specific area in your cabin as a "landing zone" where you can place items like your cruise card, sunglasses, keys, and other small essentials that you need to grab quickly when leaving your cabin. This can be a small tray or a wall-mounted hook near the entrance or on the side of a shelf. Having a designated spot for these items will help you keep track of them and prevent them from getting lost or misplaced during your cruise. It also saves you time and avoids the frustration of searching for them when you're in a hurry to head out for an excursion or activity.
By creating a designated "landing zone," you'll have a convenient and organized spot to store your frequently used items, making it easier for you to grab them and go, ensuring a smooth and efficient start to your day on the cruise ship.
- Use the desk wisely
The desk in your cabin can become a multifunctional space. Clear it off and use it as a work area, a vanity, or a charging station for your electronic devices. Consider bringing a small desktop organizer to keep cables, chargers, and other small items organized.
With so many gadgets to charge these days, a multi-port USB charger is a lifesaver. Instead of occupying multiple power outlets, you can charge multiple devices simultaneously using just one outlet. It's a space and time-saving solution. Cruise ship cabins usually have limited power outlets. Packing a power strip or extension cord with multiple outlets will allow you to charge your devices and use electrical appliances simultaneously.
- Utilize the under-bed storage
Most cruise ship cabins have beds that can be lifted to reveal storage space underneath. Take advantage of this hidden storage area by stowing away items like shoes, luggage, or bulky items that you don't need frequent access to. This will help declutter your cabin and create a more organized living space.
- Roll your clothes
Rolling your clothes instead of folding them can save space in your suitcase and prevent wrinkles. It also makes it easier to see what you have and find specific items without rummaging through the entire suitcase.
Instead of tossing dirty clothes on the floor or stuffing them into a plastic bag, bring a collapsible laundry hamper. It keeps your cabin tidy, and when it's time to do laundry, you can simply fold it up and take it to the laundry room.
- Use shower hooks for hanging toiletry bags
To maximize bathroom counter space, hang your toiletry bag on a shower hook. This keeps your toiletries easily accessible while freeing up valuable countertop real estate.
- Make it feel like home and personalize your cruise cabin door with magnetic decorations
One fun and creative way to make your cruise cabin feel more personalized is by decorating your cabin door with magnetic decorations. Many cruise ship cabin doors are made of metal, making them the perfect canvas for displaying magnetic decorations. Consider getting a set of magnetic decorations, such as colorful shapes, letters, or themed designs, that you can easily attach and remove from your door.
Decorating your cabin door not only adds a touch of personality but also makes it easier to identify your cabin among the many others in the hallway. It can also serve as a conversation starter or a way to connect with fellow cruisers who may have similar interests or decorations on their doors.
Before applying any decorations, ensure that they are allowed by your cruise line and follow any guidelines they may have in place. Remember to be respectful of your neighbors and avoid using any decorations that may cause damage or leave adhesive residue.
By personalizing your cruise cabin door with magnetic decorations, you'll add a cheerful and unique touch to your living space while making it easier for you to find your cabin in the bustling hallways.
Staying hydrated is essential during a cruise. Bringing a reusable water bottle not only helps you save money but also reduces waste. Refill it at the water stations available on the ship and carry it with you throughout the day.
Prepare a small bag with your daily essentials, including sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a book, and any other items you might need for a day at the pool or during shore excursions. This way, you can grab the bag and go, without having to pack and unpack your larger bags each time.
- Make use of the closet door
The inside of the closet door can be a valuable storage space. Hang a shoe organizer, a jewelry organizer, or even a hanging toiletry bag to keep your belongings easily accessible and off the limited counter space.
- Utilize the cabin safe
Most cruise ship cabins come equipped with a safe. Take advantage of it to store your valuable items such as passports, cash, and jewelry when you're not using them. It's a secure way to keep your valuables protected during your cruise.
- Bring a travel-sized power bank
A portable power bank can be a lifesaver when you're out and about on shore excursions or spending a long day exploring the ship. It ensures that you always have a backup power source for your smartphone or other portable devices.
It's always a good idea to have a basic first aid kit on hand during your cruise. Include items like band-aids, pain relievers, motion sickness medication, antiseptic wipes, and any personal medication you may need. Having these essentials readily available can save you a trip to the ship's medical center for minor issues.
We learned the hard way! My husband stubbed his toe on some rocks while taking a stroll along the beach and climbing a rock formation. We had no access to first aid, so eventually had to head back to the ship’s medical center. It would have been so much easier if we brought along a mini first aid kit!
- Create a daily itinerary!
Keep yourself organized by creating a daily itinerary or schedule for your activities and dining reservations. Use a notebook, a planner, or even an app on your smartphone to jot down the important details. Having a clear plan for each day will help you make the most of your time on the cruise and ensure you don't miss any important events or reservations.
- Label your luggage!
When you arrive at the cruise terminal, your luggage will be taken and delivered to your cabin. To easily identify your bags among the sea of suitcases, attach colorful luggage tags or use brightly colored ribbons. This will not only make it easier for you to spot your luggage, but it will also help the porters identify it quickly for prompt delivery.
- Keep a small notepad and pen in your cabin.
Having a small notepad and pen in your cabin can be handy for jotting down important information, making to-do lists, or leaving notes for your cabin steward. It's a simple yet effective way to stay organized and ensure you don't forget any important details during your cruise.
As you prepare for your upcoming cruise adventure, remember that organizing your cabin can greatly enhance your overall experience. By following these tips and tricks, you'll be able to maximize your space, keep your belongings in order, and create a comfortable and inviting home away from home.
But beyond practicality, organizing your cabin is about more than just tidiness—it's about creating a sanctuary where you can relax, unwind, and truly immerse yourself in the joy of cruising. As a seasoned traveler, I can attest that a well-organized cabin can make all the difference in how you feel during your voyage.
So, pack light but realistically, get those extra hangers, utilize storage under the bed, and invest in packing cubes and over-the-door organizers. Take advantage of magnetic hooks, pop-up hampers, and mesh laundry bags. And don't forget about the little touches, like a nightlight, a fan if needed, and plenty of outlets for your gadgets.
By implementing these tips, you'll not only stay organized but also make the most of your time on the ship. Embrace the freedom to explore, relax, and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
Now, go forth and embark on your cruise adventure with a sense of excitement and a cabin that feels like your personal oasis. Bon voyage!