Storing your clothing allows you to keep it for longer without it taking up too much space. Many people will put away seasonal clothes that they’re not currently wearing, or perhaps store children’s clothes until they are next needed. Clothes can be bulky, but vacuum packing them is the perfect solution if you want to save space. As an added benefit, it can also help to preserve and protect your clothes.
Vacuum packing might seem like a simple concept, but it can be a little challenging if you approach it in the wrong way. You want to make the most of the space you have and ensure your clothes are well-protected. So what steps should you take to achieve this?
Wash Your Clothes
The first thing that you will probably want to do is wash your clothes. This will prepare them for storage and ensure they’re clean before you put them away for months at a time. Even if you start with clean clothes, you might want to consider washing some things again if you haven’t worn them for a while. If they seem a little musty, doing some laundry before you put your clothes into storage is definitely worth it. You might also want to ensure everything is free of pet hair or anything else that can get on your clothes.
Buy (or Make) Vacuum Bags
Of course, if you want to vacuum pack your clothes, you’re going to need some vacuum bags to do it. The easiest option is to buy some vacuum bags, which will do the job for you. These can work in different ways for creating a vacuum seal. Some are designed to work with your vacuum cleaner, while others might come with a pump.
If you don’t have any vacuum bags, can’t find any, or want to save some money, there are some DIY options. However, this could be less effective, so be cautious about trying them. You can use a few different types of bags to create your own vacuum storage.
When considering which vacuum bags to get, think about the size. You might want to choose bags that are large enough to store your clothes without folding them, which could save space.
Understand How Your Vacuum Bags Work
Before you start packing everything into vacuum bags, be sure to check how they work. Different bags may have different instructions for making sure everything is sealed properly. If you want to make sure your clothes are fully protected, you need to get a good seal on the bags. They usually come with instructions, so it’s worth reading them and preparing everything you need (including your vacuum cleaner).
Sort Your Clothes
You might want to sort your clothes in a way that makes sense instead of just packing them randomly. There are a few things you might think about when sorting your clothes and deciding what to put with what. Storing the same or similar fabrics together is a good idea. It can help to prevent rougher fabrics from damaging more delicate fabrics, and it could help to prevent colour transference too. There are some clothes you will want to try and store flat, especially if they are more delicate and could get creased or damaged easily.
You could also store clothes together based on their purpose or by season. Storing your warmer items together means you can easily gain access to all of your winter clothes when you need them. If you’re storing baby or children’s clothes, you could group them by age or size so that you know what’s in each bag.
Pack and Seal Your Bags
After you’ve sorted through your clothes, you can start to pack them up and seal them into your bags. Try to fit as many clothes as you can into each bag to make the best use of the space you have, as well as save money on bags. It will help to prevent wrinkles too if you pack everything in tightly.
Once everything is packed into your bags, it’s time to seal them. This usually involves first closing up the bag, then removing the air to get a good seal. Most of these bags are designed to be used with a standard household vacuum cleaner with a hose, so you don’t need any fancy equipment to make them work. Just attach the hose of your vacuum cleaner to the hold in the bag, turn it on, and suck out all of the air, then seal it up.
Store Your Vacuum-Packed Clothes
When you have bags of vacuum-packed clothes, you can choose to store them how you like. Some people store them in their homes, and they can easily fit into various spaces. You could store them under your bed, or in a closet or wardrobe. If you have an attic or basement that’s dry or perhaps a garage, they could also be good candidates for storing your clothes. However, you will probably want to think about the climate of the space you choose. Anywhere too cold or too hot, or with too much moisture, might not be a good idea. Keeping your bags out of direct sunlight is a good idea too. The bags should provide some protection, but it’s still good to take precautions.
Alternatively, use a storage service to store your vacuum-packed clothes. This is ideal if you want to save space at home, especially if you won’t need your clothes for a while. KeepSafe Storage can take care of your clothes for you, so they’re ready whenever you need them. Our self-storage facilities mean that you have access to your stuff whenever you need it, so it’s easy to store your clothes and collect them when you want to. Our storage units are available in five major areas around Perth and WA, so you can easily find one that’s convenient for you.
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