Introduction: Nearly Free Vacuum Bags

About: I like to refer to myself as "minimally talented". This means I can do an array of things but nothing too challenging for you to duplicate now that I've shown you how.

Looking at space saver bags for $10 each? Try 10 cent!

Step 1: Divide Items Into Piles.

My husband bought some space saver bags for a recent trip to Europe. He spent $35 and l was wholely unimpressed with them; they are hard to zip, take a lot of effort to get all the air out, and one broke after just one trip. Luckily, your typical garbage or trash bags work just as well if not better and costs little more than pennies a piece.

Here l have four pillows (only two are pictured)
A knitted queen blanket
A fitted queen sheet
A knitted throw
All to fit into one box measuring 16" x 14" x 13"

Well, l am pleased to say not only did l fit it but l also had extra room for a sealed up bag of my sons' plush toys.

Step 2: Fill

Evenly fill each trash bag with enough extra room to tie in a knot. l gave each pillow a bag of its own, folding the larger shams in half to make it fit

Step 3: Take Your Position.

Place the hose of your Vacuum in the bag and bunch the opening around it making sure no air can escape. Place the nozzle against what you are storing and not the bag or else you will just suck the bag inside.

Step 4: Suck It Up!

Turn the vacuum on and watch as everything deflates. Once it has shrunk as small as it is going to get pull the hose out slowly with one hand while closing the bag up with the other. Do not turn the vacuum off until it has been completely withdrawn.

Step 5: Twist and Tie.

Hold the access plastic with one hand and give the bag a good spin with the other to make it good and tight, then tie it in a knot.

Step 6: Pack It.

Can you believe all that is in this little box?!?

Not only is it a great trick for traveling and moving but also for storing seasonal clothing.

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