Vacuum sealed bags for clothes are my new best friend. They made this year’s spring cleaning a breeze!
We had an non-typical winter this past year down here in Houston. This year it actually got cold. Not “cold” in the same sense that my family in New York experiences every year, but it was cold for us. Maybe you are wondering what that has to do with vacuum sealed bags for clothes. Just read on. You will understand soon!
We had a snow flurry. Actually 2 this year. People freak out here when they see this fabled powder substance fall from the sky. They think they need to drive faster and brake at the last moment. Both wrong assumptions.
When we go out in the “frigid” 30 degree weather we have to bundle up like an Eskimo. We layer clothes like a pan of lasagna. We dig out all of our winter clothes from last year that we only wore for a month so that we can wear them for an extended winter of 2 months. I was sure wishing I had used vacuum sealed bags for clothes when I pulled out these items.
We don’t know how to handle the cold. We know this. We accept it. We love it.
This kind of cold-weather clothing creates storage problems for the rest of the year. Winter clothing is bulky. You can fold all your clothes as neatly as possible and they will still take up a lot of room due to the air trapped in the stuffing. Are you starting to understand how vacuum sealed bags for clothes are going to fit into this scenario?
I used to use the big plastic storage bins to store the family’s winter stuff. It kept clothing grouped into a central location but it was still bulky and took up a lot of room.
After seeing space bags on TV I decided to give them a shot. These vacuum sealed bags for clothes were cheap and had lots of positive reviews.
I primarily needed the vacuum sealed bags for clothes but they have several really great uses such as extra bedding and pillow storage.
Of course, I had to ask myself: Do space bags really work?
I was skeptical. How many times have you seen the incredible special effects of infomercials? My favorite was the special mop that was able to wipe up half a cheeseburger, condiments and all. Would these vacuum sealed bags for clothes really cut the mustard?
I was actually really surprised at how well Space Bags did what they advertised. You open the bag. Place your folded clothes inside. Seal it and then suck the air out using any vacuum with a suction hose. Voila! You have vacuum sealed bags for clothes that can be neatly organized, stacked and whose contents are viewable through the clear plastic.
The vacuum sucks all the air out and squishes the contents into a manageable package. The Space Bags shrunk down about 75%. I found that these vacuum sealed bags for clothes also worked for bedding and pillows. So I now have extra room for real storage instead of all my space being eaten up by clothes and bedding.
When it comes time for winter, I will just swap my winter for summer gear. Vacuum sealed bags for clothes are ingenious. The simplest ideas always seem to be the greatest inventions. This is one of them.
There are a couple other homemade versions of vacuum sealed bags for clothes. One method I saw was to use a heavy duty trash bag. You use it in the same manner you would use a space bag but you wrap the trash bag opening around the vacuum hose and suck the air out. Once the air is out you have to seal it with several rubber bands to hold the opening closed.
I did a side by side comparison and this is what I found. Both bags shrank down to almost the exact same size. The garbage bag was a pain to seal with the rubber bands. I had a couple pop on me because the first time I tried I had air leaks.
The bags seemed to both hold well. I thought I may have found a cheap alternative to Space Bags. I was wrong. In the morning the garbage bag had sucked in air some how and the entire contents seemed to puff back out to its normal size. I needed vacuum sealed bags for clothes that were actually designed to hold the seal.
If you are very very careful with your handling of the garbage bags you may be able to get away with this option. However when I have vacuum sealed bags for clothes, I just want to be able to pile them up in the attic without fear that I have a pin hole from a splinter or catch the plastic on a the ladder on the way up.
I have read that you can do the garbage bag method with the oversized zip lock storage bags as well. The Space Bags were almost the same price as the zip lock so I didn’t understand the point in trying to get the zip lock to do something it was not designed to do. Space bags sealed properly without the need to pop your fingers with broken rubber bands and they have an easy to use vacuum port.
Another great use of vacuum sealed bags for clothes presented itself when it came time to move. We were able to pack all of our and our kid’s clothes in a fraction of the boxes that it took the last time we moved. Since we move about once every year or so, Space Bags have become as necessity ranked up there with boxes, tape and bubble wrap.
Watch out!! Boxes that have been packed with vacuum sealed bags for clothes will be deceptively heavy. You are able to pack so much more into each box with ease that you may need to double up the tape on those boxes.
I would much rather double tape one box as opposed to single taping four or five boxes.
Without a doubt Space Bags are the best option available for vacuum sealed bags for clothes storage. If you don’t believe me, please try one of the other options i mentioned or let me know of a trick you may have figured out on your own. I love learning new things from my readers.