When we entered Gene and Cheri Holcomb’s Libero, we were astonished at how spacious it felt. We couldn’t believe it had the identical floor plan as our Serenity. They moved their dinette table to the back, creating an open, relaxed conversation area in the front.
A 15” cube, available at Walmart or Target, acts as an extra seat, a footstool, and a storage area.
Imagine our excitement, when Manny and I found a bamboo tray that fits atop the cube, turning it into the perfect little cocktail table!
One of an RV wife’s biggest thrills is to make a single item multi-purpose. Cheri Holcomb has devised one cleaning solution that replaces the host of supplies I carry. It cleans floors, glass, mirrors and walls.
Good bye Windex, Clorox, and Fantastic!
Her recipe of 2 cups water, 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of the blue Dawn dishwashing liquid does it all!
On warm days, even without electricity, the oh so cool Holcombs stay comfortable with their O2Cool battery operated fan, that neatly fits in the space behind the front settee and is about 1/3 the size of the electric-only fan we carry.
I find that the clothing I store in the upper rear cupboards falls out every time I open them. Cheri showed me how she handles that challenge with 20” packing folders by Eagle Creek, where her blouses (at least 12 in each folder) stay neat, organized and easily accessible.
Not only can she carry more in the upper compartments, but it frees up her drawers for other storage needs.
My biggest unresolved issue had been not being able to see the food that I had stored in the front overhead lockers. The first row of items obscured my view of anything behind it. Although I had packed my pantry less than two months ago, I had forgotten half of what I had brought. The problem, according to my new organizational guru Cheri, was that food should be stored low where you can see it.
Additionally, Cheri had spring-loaded rods in her upper cupboards (known as RV cupboard bars), preventing stored items from becoming dangerous projectiles upon opening the doors.
Everywhere I looked in Cheri and Gene’s motorhome, I saw beautiful brushed nickel hooks, even on walls where we had been told were too thin to hold a screw. “That’s because there are no screws,” Cheri confided, as she pulled out a package of 3m Command Adhesive hooks, a new product that holds firmly and removes cleanly.
When you live in a small space, it is critical to use every nook and cranny to its best advantage. Who would have thought that you could put books under the front settee on top of the hot water heater cover. Gene Holcomb, that’s who.
Every where we look in Serena we are reminded of our wonderful, innovative new friends. Thank you Cheri and Gene for making our lives —and our storage space— all the more expansive!