When it comes to using vacuum storage bags, you'll want to make sure that no air is able to enter them again, otherwise they will lose their effectiveness.
One of the real benefits of using vacuum storage bags, is that by removing all the air, you are able to ensure that your clothes remain mould free and in the best possible condition.
Doing this over a long period of time will ensure that they remain in the best possible condition, ready for the next season.
So with this in mind, how do you ensure that your bags don't let any air in, and that they remain airtight?
Well my first bit of advice is to make sure you purchase the highest possible quality bags that you can find. When it comes to vacuum storage bags, you usually get what you pay for. This means that while it might be tempting to look around for the cheapest bargain you can find, you will usually pay the price later down the line as the bags fail due to poor quality. The reason is that all sorts of corners are cut to reduce the overall cost of the bags, and when this happens, the first thing to suffer is usually quality.
So once you've made sure that you have a set of high quality bags and you can be sure they won't fail due to poor quality, the next thing is to follow the instructions on the box carefully.
These will clearly outline how to use the bags, and the real key is to make sure that you ensure that the cap is tightly sealed once you have extracted all the air from the bags. You can do this by simply screwing the lid on tightly, and then listening to make sure that no air is coming out of the sealed area.
By doing this with a high quality set of bags, you should be good to and make sure that your bags will remain sealed for as long as possible.
Our last tip is to avoid moving the bags around unnecessarily as this may often cause the seal to break slightly. Of course you can move the bags, but when you do it is always best to double check that no air is escaping, and if it is then make sure you reseal the bags from the start again.
So there you have it - be sure to focus on quality bags, and then follow the instructions carefully. If you move the bags and notice any air escaping then make sure you reseal the bag again.
With Winter fast approaching here in the UK, now is the perfect time to put your vacuum storage bags to good use, and store away your Summer clothing.
This is a great way to clear out space in your closet for your Winter clothing. Let's be honest, there's a pretty good chance you aren't going to wear those shorts and Summer shirts for another 7-8 months so why not clear them away.
This is a great way to clear out the clutter that makes living in the UK so tricky. With limited storage space for most of us, vacuum storage bags are the perfect way to magically save yourself a ton of space and make living easy once again.
So as the season's change, my family and I make a point of clearing out the clothes that we won't be wearing any time soon, and packing them away for the long-term.
At the same time of course, we then unpack the clothing we'll be needing for the upcoming season, so of course we don't actually "gain"any space in our closets and wardrobes as such, but we sure do prevent them from becoming full of unnecessary items that we won't use.
This makes vacuum storage bags a big winner in our house, particularly with my husband who I am convinced has a phobia of clutter - he avoids it at all costs and seems to spend his life going to the local dump to get rid of unwanted items round the home.
So if you're keen to make the most of the changing seasons and want to prevent a build-up of clothing you won't be wearing in your wardrobe, then make sure you're using the wonder of vacuum storage bags to get your home looking and feeling as neat and clutter free as possible.
With my first born child's due date a mere week away I finally feel like there has been some order restored to the layout of my home office/ nursery that has taken a bit of a battering in terms of neatness and organisation over the last few months.
People who already have children always tell you how much "stuff" they need but you never truly take them seriously until you start crossing things that you need off the checklist and accumulating the "stuff" in your 2 bed flat. And so the balancing act of trying to keep a functional home office on one half and a nursery on the other half that didn't look like a storage unit when I was on zoom calls.
My first word of advice is to try avoid accepting every hand me down from your friends and family with older kids who are trying to restore some of the space in their own homes. While these "gifts" are always well appreciated, there are a lot of them that you may only need when the baby is a few months older so without seeming unappreciative try and accept only the things that are relevant for the next three months or so.
Remember too that the recommended advice is that you have the baby sleep in your room for the first 6 months, so if this is something that you are intending on doing, then there is no need to rush out and get a cot-bed until the baby is ready to actually move into the nursery, this will save you a lot of space initially when the amount of nappies you need take up a considerable amount of space.
The things 2 main things that are most useful in an nursery for a new born is to have their clothes handy and easily available and to have a changing station set up as this will be one of the activities that you spend a good chunk of your day doing in the first few weeks so having all the nappy changing paraphernalia in one place where it is organised and easy to reach will make your lives a lot easier. There are plenty of organisers that are perfect for keep this all in one place available online.
Having the clothes organised by type and size in a draw nearby will also make things a lot simpler, especially when they decide to throw up on the outfit you have just put them in mid-way through the change and you have to improvise with a new one.
If your friends and family have run out of storage space for their children’s clothes that they want to pass on to you, then there is another solution for this. Using Vacuum storage bags to keep the clothes free from insects, dust and moisture while you store it in the loft, garage or at your parents will allow you to accept the hand me downs but not clutter up your draws with clothes that will not fit the baby for months. You also get the added bonus of opening all the bags again in a few months and finding out what cute outfits are in there for you to try out on your bundle of joy.
We have a nursing chair in our nursery as it is a nice quite little nook that looks like it may be a relaxing place to feed the baby, it remains to be seen whether this will actually be used or whether we will just feed him in whatever room we are in at the time. But the idea seemed nice to us. To help keep all the bits that are handy during feeding like muslins, wipes and snacks for mom in a handy easy to reach place, we hung an organiser from the wall which is essentially a piece of material with pockets in it that you can put bits and pieces. I am lucky enough to have a mum that is talented with a sewing machine that made a lovely one for us but these too can be bought online.
So this is my very 2 cents on keeping your nursery organised and prioritising the things you need most in there. I hope it helps some of you who were also a little overwhelmed by the amount of good that you have had to buy over the last few months.