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Back in October we upgraded to a bigger house. After over six years in a cozy townhouse it was time to find somewhere with a little more space. With four kids, cozy can quickly turn into annoying. We found the house of our dreams, and things fell into place so quickly. It was hard to leave the house where our kids have spent most of their lives, but it was so necessary.
I was really excited for this move. Our new place is nearly twice the size of the old place, and I imagined all kinds of ways to get organized and maybe actually have a clean house. It’s been two months now, and sadly I don’t have much to show for it. My organizing skills are less than perfect.
I’ve got the toys in their place, all our important papers and stuff are filed away, and the kitchen looks pretty great. For the life of me I can’t seem to get a handle on the clothes and bedding. The closets in our new place aren’t huge, and with seven beds and four growing kids, we need more closet space!
After a few weeks of my husband nagging me to “do something about this” I finally went out and grabbed some Ziploc® Space Bags on my last weekly supplies-for-projects-I-probably-won’t-finish trip to Lowe’s. It was time to tackle the linen closet.
I still had a couple of boxes in the garage with towels and blankets in them, and the only way I was going to fit it all in our tiny linen closet was if I could make some of the items we use less often take up less space in there.
Since it’s “winter” here in Southern California, I thought it best to use the Ziploc® Space Bags for seasonal items, as well as for the extra bedding we use when guests are over. I also was able to put away some of the baby blankets that we no longer use but I can’t bear to part with.
Using these is so ridiculously easy. Open it up and place the items inside. I found it best to place the bulkiest items (like a fluffy mattress protector) toward the back of the bag.
I also noticed that the more neatly you arrange the items inside the bag before compressing everything, the better it looks. Your items don’t get wrinkled or smushed. Fill it as much as you can without going past the fill line.
You also want to organize things by type of material. If you mix a plush comforter with some towels in the same bag, they aren’t going to compress evenly. It’s super easy to open and close the bag, so if you have to redo one, it’s no big deal.
They come with a handy little piece that helps get a good seal when you’re closing the bags.
My favorite part is vacuuming the air out. I don’t suggest doing this during nap time, though. Don’t ask me how I know this.
Repeat until you’ve filled all your bags! Not only do Ziploc® Space Bags free up triple the space in your closets and dressers (*compared to uncompressed storage volume), but while your items are inside, they’re safe from water, bugs, moths, dirt, mildew, and weird odors.
My linen closet has never looked better. And I have plenty of bags left to tackle the kids’ clothes and my clothes too. I’m starting to get excited about having family and friends over to our new home this holiday season.