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    If You Need More Closet Space, These Vacuum Storage Bags Are A Must

    I know, because I'm a Virgo with more sweaters than a person could ever need.

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    If your closet is (like mine) slowly succumbing to Sweater Overload, you have a few too many cozy blankets, or just need somewhere to store your extra duvet, you need these Spacesaver vacuum storage bags ($25.99+ for a pack of six on Amazon).

    Hands vacuuming air out of a storage bag, plus the packaging of the jumbo bags
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    I put them in many posts and scrolled through the before + after review photos a million times, thinking "man that would really help with my closet." But it wasn't until I gazed in horror at the volume of sweaters I need to somehow store in my overflowing closet before unpacking my summer clothes that I FINALLY took my own advice and hit "add to cart."

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    This reviewer got HALF of their closet back — only using THREE bags!

    Let me tell you a bit why I (and thousands of reviewers) think these are a game-changer:

    Using them is surprisingly effortless! Just fill the bag up to the well-marked fill line (a few inches from the zip-top), seal it with one of the included zip helpers (you can take them off after closing), and pump out the air through the valve.

    A stack of linens next to two of the bags, including one with a vacuum hose attached
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    The instructions are printed *right* on the bag to make things even easier.

    I usually don't feel like breaking out the vacuum, so I just use the included hand pump, and it takes maybe three minutes max to pump out the air and shrink the bag before replacing the cap — easy peasy! Plus it's like a handy dandy arm workout.

    Amazon reviewer showing the hand pump sticking out of a flat jumbo storage bag

    Of course using a vacuum = even easier!

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    They come in four different sizes (plus a variety pack) so you can order depending on what you'd like to store, or what size space you're dealing with.

    A size chart for the bags: small is 24 x 16 inches (fits 6-8 sweaters), medium is 28 x 20 inches (fits 8-10 sweaters), large is 32x24 inches (fits 10-12 sweaters), and jumbo is 40x30 inches (fits 4 pillows or one queen bedding set)
    Spacesaver

    Initially I chose the large size (as opposed to the biggest size, called "jumbo") because it seemed easier to move and store — jumbo is perfect for bedding, duvets, etc! And just one large bag was plenty to store nine or 10 *very* bulky winter sweaters — all collapsed down to a fraction of their size.

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    I *did* fit a king-size duvet into one of the large-size bags but it took....a good amount of compression and effort.

    Then when I ordered my *second* round (I told you, I have a lot of clothes) I opted for the medium size so I could store less bulky summer clothes in more compact bags that I could fit easily under a bed or on short closet shelves.

    A reviewer image of two medium bags: one with the air sucked out, and a fraction of the size of the other

    The plastic is thick, the bags rarely re-inflate, and I feel confident that everything is safe and secure when stored inside. When you take things out, just give anything a quick steam if super wrinkled and it's ready to wear!

    Let's check out some more reviews from satisfied customers — these bbs have over 20,000 reviews, with a 4.4/5 average rating:

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    "First of all, when you see 'Jumbo' in the title, you better believe these things are JUMBO! These bags of limitless storage can hold just about anything fabric that you need squishing down into a manageable block. I've used these for blankets, clothes, and precious keepsakes and I feel secure in the knowledge that they are all well protected. The plastic is thick but not stiff, so you know it's good quality; the zipper is the standard double seal with the weird clip thing to help sealing it (which always fumbles no matter the company that makes them... I've always found them weird) but is solid in its seal; the volume these things can hold is huge and is able to hold several thick blankets with no problem, and the hand pump that comes with it works like a charm (especially if you don't have vacuum to take out all the air). I would definitely recommend these to anyone looking for a storage solution for either a lot of bulk items or who needs to store a lot of blankets." —Kimball Household

    "THESE ARE LIFE-CHANGING. the package came quick to my door with five storage bags. They even give you a hand pump to use in case you're taking the bags camping or just don't have a vacuum handy. I tested the pump to see how well it works, perfect! Works just as well as a vacuum, just takes a little more effort pumping out the air. I have uploaded photos of my hall closet before and after using the storage bags. And HOLY COW I have half my closet back! I would have more room but I left out a few blankets we regularly use. I used three bags to store ALL THE items including three large pillows and several thick blankets and comforters. I will most definitely be buying more, these are fantastic!!!" —Knastay

    "I'm not quite sure how I would have done my moving and packing if it wasn't for these space-savers! They are a lifesaver. The pump that they give you with the product works just fine you guys, it might take a minute two or more but it does the job. These XL bags are huge enough to actually fit it a memory foam or something. I probably should have picked up a smaller size but I could fit it all my clothes into two bags. And all my jackets too! Really really good. And mine didn't expand or anything later. It stayed the way it was." —NL

    I have used these for moving clothes between apartments more easily (and so have many reviewers — including college students), and you can even use the small ones for long trips (just make sure to bring the hand pump in your suitcase for your return).

    A reviewer's suitcase with clothes packed in two vacuum bags

    If you're like many of us and using this ~home time~ to get organized like never before, LOOK AT THIS LINEN CLOSET INSPIRATION. It's a beautiful thing.

    Take it from this Virgo, my closet game is forever changed!!! Seasonal closet transitions = a breeze with these. All I can say is thank you Maitland, for actually taking your own advice for once.

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    ^me to my friends every time they have a problem^

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in four sizes, plus a variety pack).

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