How to Store Clothes with Vacuum Storage Bags

If you’re battling for space in a small bedroom, then it’s time to rethink your clothes storage. There’s a better way to live than rummaging through a ‘floordrobe’ or venturing up to the loft to find a seasonal outfit change. Vacuum pack bags can condense piles of clothing into slim, stowable bundles, enabling you to reclaim your space.

Not only will you enjoy the calm of an organised wardrobe, but you can have peace of mind knowing that your clothes are sealed safely out of harm’s way. Shrink your seasonal wardrobe, expand your storage prowess!

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How to Use Vacuum Bags

Shrinking clothes down into a vacuum seal bag is easy and quick to do. All you need is a hoover with a nozzle attachment and you’re ready to go!

You’ll find that the most demanding part of job is packing up the sealable bags. To give your clothes the best chance of being well preserved, take time to fold or roll up your garments with care. This is important whether you’re storing them for a few weeks or a few months.

Be mindful not to overfill any one storage bag – this isn’t your holiday suitcase! You’ll need to have room to comfortably zip it up and attach the hoover nozzle. Some vacuum bags for clothes come with a ‘fill line’ to guide you.

Then you’re ready for the condensing to commence! Each bag has a valve where you’ll fit your hoover nozzle. Sucking out the air from the storage bag, you’ll quickly see it shrink down and tighten around your garments. When it doesn’t decrease any further, you’ll know it’s time to stop.

The bag valves are designed to stop air rushing out, but some come with a pop-in or screw cap. Make sure to fit this before stowing away your perfectly sealed items – how’s that for a capsule wardrobe!

Hot tip: Clothes storage ideas like contents lists and labels are great if you’re using multiple bags for wardrobe organisation. Make a note of what you’re packing into each vacuum bag and label each one so that you know what’s inside. Trust us when we say that these wardrobe organisers will save you time when it comes to unpacking.

How to Store Clothes without a Closet or Dresser

Vacuum clothes bags are a genius solution for anyone living with less storage space. No wardrobe? No worries. Our range of clothing storage bags and boxes are great as both a temporary fix – if you’re just trying to keep organised – and effective long-term storage for anyone looking to stash away seasonal clothing.

Vacuum bags actually offer more protection than closets or dressers as they’re insulated against moths, spills and snagging. Vacuum storage is one of our hottest tips for improving the lifespan of your clothes – saving you heartbreak and money.

If you’re reading this in the spring, you might be thinking about stowing away your woollen winter clothes – at last! We recommend giving the contents of your bag a quick spray with Moth Strop freshener before sealing them up for the summer. This will make sure that any pests on the clothes are dealt with before they have a chance to do damage.

Small Bedroom Storage Ideas

Vacuum pack bags are a great way to rationalise existing storage, acting as drawer organisers and rail optimisers. There are lots of different sizes to choose from, so you can make the most out of the space you’re working with.

If you already have a chest of drawers, use smaller vacuum bags to seal away seldom used or precious clothing. Packmate medium vacuum bags make for great drawer organisers. Or, for extra protection for suits and dresses, you can even slot some of Packmate’s Hanging Vacuum Storage Bags onto your clothes rail. 

Larger storage solutions are great for piling into the bottom of a closet or slotting in on top of a wardrobe. All Lakeland vacuum totes look presentable and won’t compromise on the clean and cosy vibes of your home.

We recommend using shorter, more squat bags for underbed clothing storage. Depending on the size of your bed – and how much you’re already hiding under there – you can slide several bags away. Your clothes, shoes and soft furnishings will be safe and within easy reach.

Vacuum Pack Bags for Bulky Duvets

Changing seasons doesn’t just mean a change of wardrobe, it’s a change of bedding too. This is a particularly troublesome task in the spring when we have to find space to store our bulky winter duvets. But fortunately, there are vacuum storage bags designed for just such jobs.

All you need to do is fold your duvet neatly, place it inside a large vacuum pack bag, and follow the same air removal process outlined above. Watch your voluminous bedding transform into a flat, manageable package. If you’re changing bedding for your whole household, try out the Lakeland Maxi Duvet Vacuum Storage Tote Bag which can hold more than three king-size duvets at once! Now you’re summer ready.

If you have a down or feather duvet, take care not to seal it too tightly. Leave enough room for the duvet to keep some of its shape and volume, preventing the feathers from being crumbled and damaged in the process.

How to Keep Clothes Smelling Fresh in Storage

You might be wondering if there’s a catch to this clothes storage gamechanger? Perhaps you’re worried about musty odours creeping in, as often happens with long-term clothes storage. Well, fear not, there’s no danger of that here.

It’s really important that the items you’re storing in each vacuum bag are clean and dry when they’re packed. Vacuum bags for clothes are tightly sealed and will trap any moisture that gets in. This will make it harder to ensure that your clothing comes out smelling as it should.

Before trying out this clothes storage idea for yourself, grab a bottle of our Herb Garden Fabric Spray. A few sprays of this will neutralise odour and combat any potential mustiness that could develop. Your garments will come out as fresh as the day you put them in. All that’s left when you unpack is for you to give your clothes a quick onceover with one of our handheld fabric steamers and you’ll be ready to go!

Vacuum storage bags for clothes and duvets are a game-changer for anyone looking to get more out of their space. They’re not just about squeezing your wardrobe into tidy bundles; they bring a whole lot of order to closet chaos. Once you start organising your storage, you’ll want to keep going. Have a look at our full range of clothes and shoe storage options to find more solutions for your home.