|My airing cupboard, before|
I am slightly, just slightly, ashamed to show you these photos. This is what Packmate had to do battle with. The organised chaos of my airing cupboard, organised in as much as I knew what shelf things were on, but nothing more than that. And the complete disaster area of my wardrobe. This is AFTER I had a massive clear out of clothes that I don't wear any more & took them to the charity shop. I'm not going to say what you can learn about me from these photos.
Packmate sent me a selection of their products. I received a set of vacuum storage bags, a set of travel storage bags, a hanging storage bag for suits, a blanket storage box & underbed storage bags from their Storeasy range.
|My wardrobe, before|
What I really liked was that thought had gone into the design of the bags. Rather than just clear, or plain bags, they've got a really attractive leaf design. I haven't got the patience to get things up into the attic twice a year, so my vacuum bags will be living on the top shelf of my wardrobe, and I'm glad to have something that I don't mind looking at! The travel storage bags had a different, striped design, equally attractive.
|The vacuum bag's groovy leaves|
|Airing Cupboard, after|
What of the wardrobe? Well, I originally thought I'd chosen the wrong time of year to do this, moving into springtime, and I decided to vacuum pack away all my summer clothes. This time last year we had a mini-heatwave. However, I'm very glad right now that I didn't pack my jumpers away instead. In tidying my wardrobe I found jumpers, shirts and trousers that I'd completely forgotten, because they'd been pushed to the back never to see the light of day again. Now the summer clothes are bagged up, as you can see at the top, the winter clothes are hanging up, I can get at my shoes in the box at the bottom, and I've even got space to put my perfumes. (Keep them in the boxes, in the dark, they retain their scent longer that way).
The vacuum bags were very easy to use, and had space for a massive amount of clothes in them. There's actually more in those bags than was in the wardrobe, as I also emptied a couple of drawers into the bags at the same time. The travel bags (the green striped ones on top) were even easier. These don't need the vacuum hose, you just place items in, zip it up, and roll the air out at the bottom, so they're ideal for travelling, as you can squeeze so much more into your hand luggage, and avoid the excess charges for checking your bags in at the airport. I wish I'd been thinking a bit more, I could have used these last week to pack our clothes in for the trip to the caravan, I would have saved so much space in the car!
Packmate are available from Lakeland, TK Maxx, Homesense, and various online retailers, with prices from £9.99.
Disclosure: I was provided with a range of Packmate storage bags free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not told what to write and all opinions are my own. Links are provided for your convenience, I am not a member of any affiliate scheme & will not receive reward for their use.