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!

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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 Do not turn the vacuum off until it has been completely withdrawn.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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    4 years ago

    I used the same idea when traveling through Europe. I packed all my clothes in ziplock bags & squeezed all the air out before tossing in my pack. It's a great idea for regular travel with a suitcase, too, especially to squeeze everything into a carry-on to avoid luggage fees.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    started doing that in '03; could live for a week out of one of my sons' outgrown book-bags while traveling for work: uniform-style shirts, jeans, and sox/underwear in zipperlock bags. To pack, slip clothes into bag on unpadded chair, sit on bag to squeeze out air.


    4 years ago

    No vacuum away from home? Put bag of clothes under mattress and sit on it to remove air.

    Cheese Queen

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Any idea how long these will stay compressed? One of my biggest complaints about the SpaceBags for seasonal storage was that they either cracked/broke or just plain leaked after a few months.

    This is awesome..i tried it out on my kitchen trash bags and now two bags of trash fit in one...Youre results may or may not be the same depending on whats in the bags..but worked for me..Try it ..

    Hylian Mom8Bit_Rambo

    Reply 4 years ago

    Now you know how Link manages to keep all those tunics in such a tiny satchel.