The title of this post should really be something like "How to squeeze mountains of clothing and bedding into a small bag" but that is a little long winded. With spring in full swing, (and being in the small apartment that we are in) we have needed to do something with all of our feather jackets, coats, blankets and duvets to make way for the hot and humid weather that is going to hit soon. Space is very limited in our house, limited to a tiny square of open floor underneath our bed. I found the perfect solution in Daiso a few weeks ago. Vacuum sealing bags. I have seen these before in South Africa, but have never really needed to use them.
Basically, these bags are designed to store big and bulky (soft) items by reducing the space they take up. You use a vacuum cleaner to suction out all the air and you're left with a compact, and easy to store bag. You can buy these at any mart here in Korea, but I got these in Daiso as they seem to have the biggest selection and the best prices. When you buy them make sure that your bag included the little grey clip thingy, which helps seal your bag before removing the air (see picture below). Not all of the bags I bought included this handy gadget, so just make sure to keep an eye out and buy at least on that does. You only need one of them, and you can use it for every bag you have. Once you've sealed the bag, make sure to open the valve (the round shaped suction area) by removing the white cap. Then simply place your vacuum cleaner on the valve opening and bombs away. Packing has never been so much fun! Every time we pack away something, Farmboy and I are both mesmerised by the suction, it's amazing. Here's ate some pictures of what the bags look like as well as a before and after of our winter clothes and bedding.
I hope you found this post useful! Look out for more space saving posts coming soon!