Clothing and linens — comforters and pillows especially — take up a huge amount of room as they are mostly fluff and air. Vacuum storage bags suck the air out and reduce bulky items to a fraction of their former size.
You've likely seen space saving bags in late night infomercials and on the shelves of home-centred retailers. You stuff them full of bulky objects, like comforters and winter coats, and suck all the air out to compress them into a vacuum-packed cloth wafers. Unlike a significant number of As Seen On TV offerings, they're actually pretty handy — Lifehacker reader Yay Taco recommends them here to a fellow reader trying to pack for university.
In the video above Monica Ricci, the professional organiser behind Catalyst Organizing Solutions, checks out one of the newest products from Space Bag. For $US25 you get a tall bag that when the air is sucked out collapses down into a small storage ottoman. If you don't need a storage ottoman but you do need to reclaim storage sponged up by bulky items you can skip the ottoman and grab a 12-bag combo of storage bags from the same company.