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Old 02-18-2013, 12:47 AM   #1
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Organizational tips for staying in a value room?

I just booked our first stay onsite

What are your items that you bring which help maximize the small space in a value room? For instance, bring a power strip of you have alot of electronics to charge each night.

We're driving, so we have plenty of room.
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Keep socks, undies, kids clothes, toiletries, pills, cords, etc in zip top bags. That way small things are not floating around or underfoot.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:47 AM   #3
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The value resorts have pretty spacious rooms. I have stayed at them several times and never had to make concessions. If you are in a value room, then I'm not sure. I would definitely take a power strip and pack things in baggies like suggested. Have fun!
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We are staying in a studio at the Beach Club and its smaller then a value!
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:54 AM   #5
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Buy a mesh organizer...they are a couple of dollars at the Dollar Store. We hang ours up and all the little pockets hold things like sunglasses, wallets etc. Each person has their own pocket to put their stuff in at the end of the day.

We take a mesh pop up hamper and set it in the corner by the sink. It packs flat in a suitcase and holds a ton of dirty laundry. Since I don't do laundry on vacation, at the end of the week we pack all of our dirty laundry in one or two suitcases and anything that is still clean in another.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:36 AM   #6
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Use all of the drawers, hanging hooks, luggage stands, etc. I often stay at a value with 3 other adult women and we have to be very organized so that we and all of our stuff fit! We usually assign spaces, drawers, and hooks when we arrive and keep to our own areas. We always find that we have plenty of room. The little shelf in the bathroom above the sink is great for storing toiletries too.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:18 PM   #7
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TRAVEL LIGHT. As you are going to have a car, if you don't KNOW you will need it, leave all your "just in case" stuff in the car. The values have lots of storage space, pegs, shelves. I'm not a pack rat and I've never had a problem.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:37 PM   #8
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Didn't read the previous posts so I apologize if these are repeats:
We have spent many fabulous vacation at POP. I am a silly over-planner/over-organizer.. - here are my tips.

1. Hanging shoe organizer - bought a few at the Target Dollar Spot - hung them from the closet area - perfect for everyones pj's, socks and unmentionables().
2. Suction cups with the hangers on them - I initially brought them to decorate our window - had a few left over - put 1 in the shower to hang the bath puff (not a fan of face cloths - weird - I know) - also put a few on the door mirror for holding hats and lanyards.
3 Kept all our *don't need right now* things in a small suitcase under the sink...(medicines, extra batteries).
4. Bought a suction cup toothbrush holder from the dollar store for the bathroom mirror - adds space to the counter.
5. Used the plastic drink cups they provide for sink storage. One held all hair elastics - another held make up - another held qtips.
6. Put our big suitcase on the luggage stand and put our laundry detergent and dryers sheets in it - all dirty laundry went in it - then half way through our stay we would just roll in down to the laundry during a pool break.
7. BEST investment (and will be packing it for our upcoming trip) - a magnetic basket for the back of the room door - that is where our car keys, room keys and sunglasses go. No searching around for them in the morning - I also pack a few other magnets to hang the Park Hours, our ADR's etc...

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I take two laundry bags - one is white, one is blue. We sort our dirty laundry before putting it in the bag. If I'm not doing laundry on the trip I just put the bags right in the suitcase. I also bring a stainstick that we leave out for easy use.

Another vote for ziplock bags - I use A LOT of them when I pack and they always have a use when we come back home too.

We often drive from Ohio - we use beach towels as our blanket in the car for the drive. I try to wash those before we head home so we can use them in the car again. Also we bought a plastic bin with a lid that fits perfectly in the back of our van. (WE have a Kia so there is a lower space). We put all kinds of things in the bin and it's easy to carry to the room.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:23 PM   #10
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I'm trying to think of things other people haven't mentioned.

Our Dollar Tree has little paper cloth baskets that fold flat. I have a collection of these and put them into all the shelves and such and all our snacks and treats, car keys and such go into them. DH and I also each have one or two for socks and undies inside our drawers.

Oh, and I always bring a little lap blanket for the car ride. DH likes the car cold enough to hang meat, so I use it during the trip to cover my bare legs, then when we get there, it's nice to have to curl up under in the evenings.

Also, someone mentioned shoe hangers to put outfits in - this is great. I also have a sweater hanger just like this. This frees up a LOT of drawer space for a small investment of closet space.

Binder clips or clothespins to clip the patio curtain closed are useful.

Oh! Clorox non-bleaching wipes. I love these and always bring a travel pack with us. They will clean anything, including clothes - honestly they work much better than Tide pens. Very useful.

I rubber band the cords of all our chargers so that they stay tidy and don't get tangled up.

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Old 02-18-2013, 06:11 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by kjpotter View Post
I just booked our first stay onsite

What are your items that you bring which help maximize the small space in a value room? For instance, bring a power strip of you have alot of electronics to charge each night.

We're driving, so we have plenty of room.
Depending on how many electronic things you have, you might also want an extension cord or second power strip. For example, I have a video camera, a still camera, a laptop, and a smart phone. That's four plug-ins right there. Add in my husband's laptop and his smart phone and we are already looking at using the outlet next to the sink in the bathroom even with a power strip.

We "invested" in a pop up laundry hamper and never looked back. It's excellent in the corner next to the sink and under the "closet". No excuse not to put dirty laundry in there.

For shoes, I use the space under the nightstand. Just dump everything in there.

Unpack your luggage and then take the empty suitcases back to your car and store them there.

Get some cheap plastic tubs (dollar stores are great for this) and assign one to each child. Before you leave for the day, all their stuff has to be back in there. Also have one for your stuff like snacks. That way, things don't get spread out all over the room. AND, you clean up things so the housekeeper doesn't accidentally throw things out (you never want a favorite toy left on the bed). These tubs can go on the top of the "closet" area.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:53 PM   #12
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I always bring a bottle of hand soap (the kind with a pump from the dollar tree), I can't stand the mess the bar soap makes on the counter and I don't like digging the bar soap out of a plastic cup. Or I bring a soap dish.

A toothbrush holder (from the dollar tree)....I won't put our toothbrushes on the counter.

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Old 02-18-2013, 08:26 PM   #13
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Here is a crazy tip for you... I brought a foldable drying rack for bathing suits and towels. This kept them out of the bathroom where they never seem to get dry. This is not for everyone but since we drive I had the room for it along with a box fan for noise and to help with drying. We had the drying rack, double stroller, 2 adults and 2 kids in a value room for 10 nights. We had plenty of room. I also brought extra hangers from home. That was a huge help.
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:12 AM   #14
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Here are a few things I've done for our past trips (& we stay moderate, but it seems like space & staying organized with 4 people is always an issue.)

clothes pins for hanging wet swim suits up on the clothes line in the shower

baggies, baggies, baggies! For little kids, put an outfit in each bag. That way they can grab one & get themselves ready. I also use baggies for pressed pennies, pins, change, sharpies (to take to the park for autographs,) bandaids, extra batteries (for our portable fans,) etc, etc.

wire hangers--we fly so suitcase space is a premium, but want to be able to hang up what we can since drawer space is never enough. Our dry cleaner gives away wire hangers. I grab a couple dozen, use them while we're there then leave or put in trash. They don't take up much room on the way there, & don't have to worry about bringing them back.

for bigger kids (when their clothes no longer fit in baggies)--I pack by outfit. Put bottom, underwear, top, socks folded together in the suitcase. Yes, they can dress themselves, but if your child is like my DS, he would rip thru the suitcase looking for each item & would make a big mess in the process.

Last trip I discovered a new solution--the plastic "case" that comes on the sub sandwich Lunchables make for great storage containers. Each of us had one to put our stuff in at the end of the day (wallet, sunglasses, pressed pennies, trading pins, chapstick, etc, etc.) May sound silly, but they were great! Plus, throwing them away for the return trip freed up some space in the suitcase.

pop up hamper--I know this has been suggested before, but make sure it will fit in your suitcase. I bought one based on seeing it suggested many times. Problem was, it was to round to fit in our suitcase. Luckily I didnt' wait until the night before to find this out. Since I couldn't find a smaller one, I used a drawstring duffle bag style one. Hung it across a couple of hangers so it was easier to put stuff in thru the week. At the end of the week, closed it up & put in one of our suitcases. Easier to carry the whole bag to the laundry room when we got home (ugh! I hate that part of vacation! )

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Old 02-24-2013, 12:12 PM   #15
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Little kid daily outfits packed in ziplocks was one of the BEST online tips I've ever read! Saves time in the AM because the kids and my hubby know just what the kids are wearing. I can dry my hair without hearing, "Honey, where are his socks?" Now that most of my kids are too big for outfits in ziplocks I pack tops and bottoms folded/rolled together in the case and fill a ziplock with undies and socks. Spare outfits in ziplocks are also handy to keep the backpack organized.

We usually travel with 2 small pop up hampers. One for dirty clothes and the other for shoes. If you're driving you could pack some things in a sturdy laundry basket so you have it for shoes or dirty clothes. You might have a 10 minute walk of shame with a laundry basket to your room but you'll be glad you have it, lol.

Love the idea in this thread to hang an organizer and give everyone one place to put their stuff. It always ends up on the table and I can't stand that.
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