How to Use Space Saver Bags

Whether living in a big house or a tiny studio apartment, most people could use more storage space. That's where space saver bags come in. The vacuum-seal storage bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be used to store a number of items, including clothes, blankets, coats and even sleeping bags. A bag not only protects its contents from dust, moisture and bugs it also compresses the items into a flat, easily stackable shape. Space saver bags are available online and in a number of stores and several varieties are also sold through infomercials. Once you have your bags, follow these simple steps to organize and increase your storage space.


Spacesaver bags can create more closet space.
  1. Decide which items you will be storing. It may be helpful to group like items together, such as sweaters, dress clothes or winter coats.
  2. Place all your items into an appropriately sized space saver bag.
  3. Seal the bag.
  4. Plug in the vacuum and connect the attachment to the space saver bag's circular-shaped valve.
  5. Turn the vacuum on and watch as the air is removed from your bag and your items become compressed.
  6. Remove the vacuum cleaner attachment and turn off the vacuum when the bag as been satisfactorily compressed.
  7. Place the compressed bag into storage until you're ready to use the items again. Popular storage places include closet shelves, attics, basements and even garages.
  8. Fetch the bag and open it up when you're ready to use your items again. The items will decompress, and you will find that they are in the same condition as when you first placed them into the space saver bag.


  • For a better seal, leave approximately 4 inches of space between the bag's zip seal and your clothing.

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Hallie Hammack has been a writer and multimedia reporter since 2005. Her work has appeared in publications for the National Guard and the Olympic News Service, among others. Hammack holds a Bachelor of Journalism in media convergence from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri.

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