You’ve probably experienced what I like to call the “Alice in Wonderland” effect if you’ve ever transferred your stuff from a large place to a much smaller one. You settle down, go to sleep, and wake up to find that your belongings have tripled in size, the walls have shrunk, and the location your real estate agent described as “charming” has become claustrophobic.
Moving from the Midwest to New York City — the land of four seasons, high rent, and absolutely small closets — was like this for me. It was suddenly unreasonable to own more than one sweatshirt.
It was a matter of necessity that piqued my interest in house organization. Every Sunday night, I spent my time attempting to declutter my room. In the course of my continued search, I purchased a number of useful products and solicited advice from coworkers.
Purchasing vacuum bags, on the other hand, was by far the most effective hack. I would have tried them sooner if they hadn’t been associated with protracted infomercials and bleach-scented homes.
But after cramming the contents of two duffel bags, two backpacking packs, and two large suitcases into five vacuum-storage bags that take up less than a tenth of the space under my bed, I’m a convert. It’s one of the best $40 investments I’ve made in a long time.
The bags are available in three different sizes: medium (28 x 20 inches), large (32 x 24 inches), and jumbo (32 x 36 inches) (40 x 30 inches). I chose the Jumbo bags for under-bed storage, but the smaller sizes may be preferable if you want to keep them somewhere that requires you to be cautious of boundaries, such as piling them into a suitcase you’re already storing.
They claim to reduce the volume of a bag by 80%, which seems reasonable to me. The Jumbo bags themselves are roomy, and I was pleasantly pleased by how many towels, puffy comforters, many sets of sheets, sleeping bags, and hoodies I could fit in them without difficulty.
In terms of actually using them, the procedure is rather straightforward. I didn’t read the directions since I didn’t need to, which is great news for anyone looking to fix a storage problem quickly and with no effort.
All you have to do now is pack your belongings inside the bag, zip it up, remove the cap, and use your vacuum to suction all of the air out. After that, simply screw the cap back on. I replaced the cap as quickly as possible to ensure that no air escaped in the interim, but it didn’t appear that I should have been concerned; there was no audible “woosh” or noticeable expansion. The set also includes an easy-to-use travel pump in case you don’t have access to a vacuum.
Mold, mildew, and bacteria shouldn’t be a problem with the SpaceSaver bags because they’re made of anti-microbial materials.
I’ve had a straightforward, great experience with them, but if you don’t, they provide a 100 percent money-back guarantee – simply email customer support for a replacement.
In terms of storage efficiency, I’ve tried every major life trick to maximize a tiny area, and vacuum bags have been the clear winner. You won’t regret acquiring a few of these if you’re searching for a means to de-clutter without getting rid of your winter clothes, comforter, or linens.
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