One of the biggest things I miss about our house was the closets, second only to my garden tub. Walk-in closets, closets with large shelves, a large shelved pantry – I always had enough space. Life sometimes throws you some difficult curveballs and you find yourself picking up the pieces and moving on. And that’s what we’ve been doing.
We have been in a tiny townhouse for a little over three years. The location in town is great and the neighborhood doesn’t have too many issues – BUT it has absolutely NO storage space. It has a tiny upstairs closet. NO bathroom closets. The master bedroom closet is the same size as the kids and is a hot mess for two people. The laundry area is upstairs and we had to take the folding doors off because the washer wouldn’t fit. No extra storage space. We had clothes in zippered fabric bins under the bed and our dear sweet kitties clawed, ripped and chewed every single bag – all six of them. Our dear sweet Buttercup passed last summer and I am finally getting around to cleaning out all the bags, washing donating and trying to find a way to store them again when I thought about the Space Saver bags.
My last experience with space saver bags wasn’t that great. They became brittle and cracked or the zipper seal broke even when the bag wasn’t stuffed. I had two blankets my grandmothers made ruined by these bags so I wasn’t keen on trying again.
This time, I saw a different company SpacePlus with a box of 12 bags with various sizes. So I thought I would try them and see if I could start dealing with our storage issues.
The first thing I will say is that they are definitely a different quality bag as they seem thicker. I do like the zipper seal though the blue slider piece pops off and I had to keep popping it back on but it does make sure your bags are sealed. The jumbo size bag is humongous 40″x32″ and I have no idea if I will even use that one. I might try to take all the items under my daughter’s bed and see if they will fit. The other size bags are 32″x24″, 28″x20″ and 24″x16″.
First I decided to see if I could organize the top shelf of our hall closet. It holds sheets, blankets, three sleeping bags, pillow etc. I pulled out some sheets to donate and then decided to see if I could flatten some of the sheets and blankets and two of the sleeping bags. I used the smaller bags and was able to get them much flatter (and heavier so it seemed). The one thing I wasn’t thinking about was the 16″ is still too wide for my closet so I had to stand the three bags upright (that’s how much space is at the top of the closet). I don’t really like how the bags are in the top of my closet right now, but I will have to work on rearranging it later. I also used one of the large bags and a medium to vacuum seal the clothing items that were under my bed. They are currently stacked and so far after a few days haven’t seemed to lose any air.
You can use your vacuum to help suck out the air, but I just used the air pump. The vacuum might have gotten them a little flatter (you never get it as pretty as the pictures), but it did do the job. After using the jumbos in my daughter’s room, I will probably use the other three or four bags for the top of my closet. Not sure they will fit up there, but hopefully I will find a way.
Thus far, I am really happy with the SpacePlus bags. You can find yours here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/SpacePlus-Premium-Storage-Comforters-Blankets/dp/B074DCCXDP .
I received this item at a discount for review. All opinions are my own.