Setting up a wedding registry can be overwhelming, especially if you live in a small space and don't have square footage or cabinet space for loads of bulky new stuff. Here are 40 essentials that will fit right into your home — and won't spend years stored in a relative's basement.
For registry classics that don’t come in space-friendly sizes, like this Dutch oven from Le Creuset, go big on color and keep it on display to save precious cabinet room.
These slim and sturdy upright cutting boards from Joseph Joseph are easy to slide in and out, and with four to choose from, you’ll never be without a clean one. They’re color coded and have index-style tabs — raw meat, raw fish, veggies, cooked food — to help prevent cross contamination while cooking.
Another registry must-have that is anything but compact, the KitchenAid Stand Mixer is something to keep on display, and with 9 colors to choose from, that’s easy to do. The 3.5-quart mixing bowl keeps it compact and the mixer is still compatible with the attachments so you only have to worry about what you truly need.
This jack-of-all-trades hand mixer from Cuisinart is a cooking game changer. It packs just enough power with a 200-watt motor and can be used to blend, whisk, chop and grind. Plus, the attachments are dishwasher safe.
Standing at just 8 inches, the Magic Bullet is great for kitchens without a ton of spare storage space. This blender is a high-power, 900-watt machine that blends, grinds, chops and even takes down tough seeds, skins and nuts.
Save space in your utensils drawer and get this collapsible whisk. When open, it works just like your standard balloon whisk, and can be used for scraping the sides of bowls when collapsed. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe.
While on the pricier side, this all-in-one cooling and air purifying tower from Dyson checks multiple boxes at once, thereby saving space and the cost of needing multiple units. It’s WiFi enabled and sends notifications about your home’s air quality via an app where you can control the device remotely. It removes 99.9% of allergens from the air and has 10 airflow speeds.
With a non-slip grip, this compact, multi-tasking grater and slicer is sure to be any home cook’s sidekick, making it easy to organize and store. There are two graters and two slicers — one coarse and one medium for each — and the lid doubles as a measuring cup.
Collapsible salad spinners tend to get pretty mixed reviews, so opt for this mini version and minimize your cabinet clutter. Despite its size, it still holds five quarts and the large outer bowl can be used separately for serving.
Lighten the load on your kitchen drawers with a magnetic wall bar that keeps your knives on display and within reach. This one from the Schmidt Brothers is 24 inches long and offers enough capacity to hold all of your knives.
This multitasker gets your pots and pans out from the depths of your cabinets and makes everything easily accessible. If the six hooks for hanging aren’t enough, a slatted shelf offers additional storage space.
This organizer is the solution to all of those loose plastic bags stashed under the kitchen sink. It mounts and fits perfectly on the inside of your cabinet door, making it easy to store, grab, pull and go.
The only thing worse than ironing is having to sacrifice precious space to store your ironing board and supplies. This all-in-one, wall mounted organizer keeps everything neat and tidy with three internal shelves for storing an iron, spray bottle, starch and anything else you might need.
As a compact and effective alternative to ironing, this handheld steamer warms up in just 30 seconds and holds enough water to last for 15 minutes of continuous steam. With 1200-watts of power, it combats wrinkles on even the most stubborn fabrics.
This trusty, upright vacuum from Dyson is easy to maneuver thanks to its patented ball technology that allows for easy turning and stability. A self-adjusting cleaner head automatically raises and lowers to offer suction across all floor types.
This colorful nine-piece set comes with just about everything you need for baking at home, including two mixing bowls, a colander, a sieve and measuring cups that range in size from one cup to one tablespoon. The best part is that they nest perfectly into a single stack for easy storage.
If at-home espresso is your thing but extra space is not, the Nespresso Essenza Mini is a registry no brainer. It’s the most compact machine the company offers, sized at 12.8" x 4.3" x 8" and weighs 2.3 pounds. It also comes in six colors.
If single-serving is your style, this compact coffee maker (just 5 inches wide!) from Keurig makes a 6-12 ounce cup and uses K-Cup Pods for brewing. A pod storage bin can discreetly stash up to nine pods when not in use.
This colorful electric tea kettle is made of stainless steel, is BPA free and holds 1.8 quarts of liquid. Double-walled construction allows the exterior to remain cool and an inside that keeps warm. The automatic shut off feature is helpful for forgetful tea lovers who worry about leaving the kettle on.
Pots and pans are often the culprits behind cabinet pileups. This 10-piece, space-saving set from Calphalon is nonstick with anodized aluminum and comes with flat, tempered glass covers that make storage a whole lot smoother.
Slow cookers can be huge time savers, but not big space savers. This 1.5 quart ceramic crock pot is great for smaller families and is also small enough to fit inside the fridge, meaning you can prep meals well before you plan to cook them.
Odds are, if you’re living in cozy quarters, a laundry room is a thing that dreams are made of. That likely means that come laundry day, your air-dry-only clothes are strewn about your home. The InstaHanger is a wall-mounted system that maximizes space in your closet and can be used to hang clothes while they dry or for everyday organization. Added bonus: It discreetly collapses when not in use.
In-drawer flatware organizers are often ineffective and leave us rummaging around. Not to mention, grimy hands all over clean silverware is pretty gross. This clever organizer is different than most because its stacked design means it actually keeps knives separate from forks and spoons.
Something you don’t consider when registering for dinnerware? How it will store in your kitchen cabinets. Ornate designs with elaborate shapes and lips can take up unnecessary space, which is why sleek, flat designs are a great idea. An added bonus: flat edges mean it’s less likely to chip in the dishwasher.
Hosting family and friends in small spaces can be tricky, which is why this collapsible tray table will be a smart addition to your registry. It can double as a bar or a snack table, and, when not in use, the tray can be used to stash remote controls or hold drinks.
Barware is always a fun registry addition, though often a bit impractical when it comes to saving space. This elegantly-designed decanter holds a full bottle of wine, but stores nicely thanks to its long, thin silhouette.
Even when empty, hampers seem to linger around the house as constant reminders of chores that need to get done, which is why we love this collapsible laundry basket. It weighs less than 5 pounds and stores flat when not in use. Out of sight, out of mind!
Discreetly tuck the foot of this floor lamp beneath your sofa to maximize on floor space. The base measures just over 12 inches in diameter and stands at 78 inches from the floor. It comes in a neutral brass to suit your home decor.
Wine and champagne glasses are precarious occupants inside kitchen cupboards that are just waiting to be knocked over. A smart storage alternative for them is this under cabinet organizer that creates extra space in an otherwise unused area of your kitchen. Plus, it comes with space for 4 bottles!
It’s funny how a nice trash bin can feel like such a splurge when it comes to creating a registry. Simplehuman has so many good options to choose from, but this one is their slimmest. Despite its narrow shape, it still holds 12 gallons of trash and even comes in four stainless steel finishes – pretty fancy for a trash can.
Sturdy and stackable, these beautiful tumblers come in sets of 4, 8, or 16 and are available in a highball or double old fashioned style. They are dishwasher safe and you can choose from amber, clear, green, or blue.
Some toaster ovens warm and toast, but this one from Breville is an all-in-one that offers eight cooking functions: bagel, toast, bake, broil, pizza, roast, cookies and reheat. It can fit up to four pieces of toast, an 11-inch pizza and will take up minimal counter space.
There’s no simpler way to open up a small space than with a large mirror. this mirro has a shelf and hooks along the bottom lip that can hold keys, sunglasses, wallets and even a phone, making it a great addition to the entryway.