Create Storage Space With Storage Bags

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How many of you don’t have enough storage/closet space in your home?  It has been a struggle for us since we moved into our home.  It was built in the late 1890’s and apparently they didn’t have anything to store back then.

 

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Our Storage Dilemma

We have three closets.  One in each bedroom.  They were added by the previous owner, and we are grateful for them but they are tiny and fill up quickly.

 

When the boys moved out…somehow a lot of their “stuff” stayed behind.  The boys’ stuff takes up one closet, and my craft supplies “overflow” takes up the other unoccupied closet.  The poor guests have nothing.

 

The third closet is a clothes closet in the master bedroom for Jeff and me.  We share, but I get most of it.  And we use every square inch.

 

So where does that leave me for linens, and out of season clothing?  Basically I use the same closet and never remove the seasonal clothing, and, for linens, we have a dresser in one of the guest rooms.  It still isn’t enough space, and we don’t have a huge overflow of linens.

A Storage Solution

I was so happy to see these Ziploc® Space Bags® at Lowes.  They are the perfect solution for our situation.

 

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I decided to try the Ziploc® Space Bags® and the Ziploc® Flexible Totes XL.  They are in the home organization section at Lowes.

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

The Ziploc® Space Bags® have a Ziploc® Double Zipper and an easy to seal slider and are vacuum sealed so they shrink down to provide 3x the storage compared to uncompressed storage volume.  

 

We decided to use the Ziploc® Big Bags XL, which is 2ft by 3ft, for Jeff’s sweaters that take up a lot of room in his dresser.  Ziploc® Space Bags® products protect against bugs, moths, dirt, mildew, and other odors that might occur within common storage areas, and with sweaters this is a good thing.

 

These Ziploc® Space Bags® are also reusable so when winter arrives, I will be able to get out the sweaters and replace them with shorts/capris that I don’t need that season.  I love that.

 

We stacked them up and they all fit in the one bag.  In fact we threw in one of mine too.

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I think there are 10 sweaters here.  We carefully packed in the sweaters and used our vacuum to seal the bag.

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

It didn’t take very long at all and the air was all gone.

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

And to store it,  Jeff built a rolling “cart” that fits and rolls under the bed.  It was the perfect solution.

 

Creating A Rolling Cart To Create Storage Space

 

My husband is great at coming up with brilliant ideas and for building what we need to put a plan into action.  This time was no different.  

 

We used the measurements of the bag since it was the largest, and he went to work.

 

Using a piece of plywood and four pieces of 1×3, he built a low riding rolling cart that will be housed under our bed.  

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

He started by cutting the plywood piece for the bottom.  It needed to be strong and not bend in the middle with the weight of sweaters and/or blankets, etc.

 

Then he added the sides.

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

When it was built and sanded, I took over with the primer and paint.  I used white for both.

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I used several coats of each.  This photo was after the 2nd coat of primer.  When the paint was dry it just needed some wheels and a handle.

 

Jeff likes to find inexpensive ways to add these elements to our projects.  So he went on a mission to find the right toy for the wheels.  

 

We found it!  For .88 at the Goodwill we found the perfect toy.  He used the wheels from the Army truck and added them to the sides of our cart.  So now the poor truck is wheelless!  But they were perfect and work really well. With some washers and 4 screws he had the wheels mounted.

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

We also had an old door with a handle so we removed it, painted it black and added it to the front of the cart.

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Next I added the Ziploc® Space Bag®  on top and rolled it under the bed until winter.  The box comes with two vacuum seal bags and the other one is a little smaller. I think it will be able to hold it as well.  I am going to try it with more seasonal clothing such as scarves and hats.

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I also purchased the Ziploc® Flexible Totes XL.  I thought these would be nice for blankets, table cloths and place mats that don’t get used very often or even my extra craft fabric.  I decided to store the blankets for now.

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

This has two large blankets and one throw blanket inside.   These are not vacuum seal bags but they have a zipper all the way around three sides.  I love that the dust bunnies and the cat hair won’t be all over my blankets when I need them this winter.

 

I just had to push the top down a little bit but it did fit under the bed with the cart.

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I love the new storage space and how we created a usable area with easy access under the bed.  I am excited for our new found closet and drawer space too.  

 

Be sure to check out  Lowes for your Ziploc® Space Bag® and Ziploc® Flexible Totes XL  You can also follow them on Facebook!

 

What do you think?  If you like it be sure to pin it for later!

 

If you live in an old home like us or a home with limited storage you can get creative and use the space under your bed to create storage with storage bags. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle

10 Comments

  1. Heather Northington

    Such a clever storage idea!! I never would have thought to use wheels from an old toy. Jeff is a genius! Loving those bags too, we have lots of winter stuff that is just stacked in various places, these would work so much better! Love it all

    06 . 07 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Heather. I won’t tell Jeff you mentioned he is a genius. He doesn’t need to know that. LOL! It was a brilliant idea though. At a store the wheels would be about $3-$5 each. So we saved a lot of money! I am glad you like our little cart. It works great!

      06 . 07 . 2017
  2. Carolann

    What a great idea! I love using storage bags. It’s a great way to store your items for sure. I love what you created. Using the wheels from that truck was amazing upcycling for sure! You guys are so great at creating brilliant and useful items. You are always so inspiring!

    09 . 07 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Carolann! Jeff had the great idea to use wheels from a toy. I was glad we finally found some that would work. He looked at several thrift stores before we found it. LOL! He is pretty resourceful. Have a great day!

      10 . 07 . 2017
  3. Michelle James

    This is such a great storage solution! i don’t have a lot of storage either and would love to make use of the space under the bed.

    11 . 07 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Michelle. It is working out well. So far the cats haven’t bothered it either. We love it!

      11 . 07 . 2017
  4. sue

    Oh I just love this idea of the vacuum bags and the big one to store blankets makes them tidy and the under the bed cart is so clever and inspiring. Your hubby could have a show on TV with the projects and and you of course do.

    11 . 07 . 2017
    • Michelle

      That is great! I can just see him having a show. He is so shy but then again…he may talk the camera to death with his genius ideas! LOL! Thank you for the nice comment and for stopping by.

      11 . 07 . 2017
  5. Peggy Stolley

    What the HOLY…What?! A toy truck’s wheels added to the organization is brilliant. I would have spent 10 times the $$ on official casters. Way to go!

    11 . 07 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Haha! Thanks Peggy. Jeff is pretty resourceful and it rolls really nicely too. All from the .88 toy truck.

      12 . 07 . 2017

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