7 Home Essentials That Won’t Take Over Your Living Space

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These essentials meet your needs—without taking up all of your space.

Whether you're living in your first house in the 'burbs or a shoebox-size apartment in the city (welcome to my world), the last thing you want is for your daily devices to constantly be in your way. To free up more counter space, closet space and all-around living space, here are seven of the best options that are just a baby step away from their full-size equals.

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1. The Toaster

You need to get out of the door in a hurry in the morning, so who has time to put away a toaster? Get this two-slice model instead. With its sleek design, it'll take up very little room on your counter—and look great too!

Cuisinart 2-slice toaster, $90, CrateandBarrel.com

2. The Air Purifier

Your abode may leave something to be desired in space, but with the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link, that space will be full of clean, temperature-controlled air. The all-in-one purifier, fan and heater monitors your home's air quality, removes 99.97 percent of all allergens and heats or cools the room. Who would've thought something so compact and stylish could be so practical!

Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link, $599, Dyson.com

3. The Garment Steamer

Do you really have space for a clunky ironing board? Probably not. Or maybe you just leave a burn mark every time you attempt to de-wrinkle something delicate. Um, remember your great aunt's tablecloth and the number you did on it? Skip the potential fire hazard and try a handheld garment steamer that will get out every tiny wrinkle in super-speedy form.

Conair fabric steamer, $50, BedBathandBeyond.com

4. The Vacuum

The average hand vac definitely doesn't cut it when it comes to tackling those tough messes. But if you live in a small space, a bulky performer just has no place to go. The Dyson V8 cord-free vacuum is the solution you've been searching for. It can pull double-duty as a stick and hand vac, which means every spot can be reached. Plus, it holds a charge for a full 40 minutes (which is more than enough time to get the job done).

Dyson V8 Absolute, $599, Dyson.com

5. The Bluetooth Speaker

If you're like me, you love listening to music pretty much 24/7. But a love for loud tunes doesn't require a giant sound system. These Bluetooth speakers are compact and portable—and still have great sound quality.

Bose Bluetooth speaker, $116, Amazon.com

6. The Blender

I'm a smoothie person and I like fresh juices. But let's be honest, the juicer hasn't made an appearance since 2007. Why? It's too clunky and super annoying to clean. Now that Vitamix has come out with a personal-size blender, you can have the power of a full-size one (it's the same motor!) in compact form. Get ready tostart blending up your breakfast on a daily basis.

Vitamix S55 Personal blender, $450,Williams-Sonoma.com

7. The Coffeemaker

I have to have a cup of dark roast before I head out in the morning, but I can't stand dealing with coffee grounds, nor do I have the space for a whole coffeemaker. This single-serve brewer is my AM BFF. It only takes up a tiny corner on the counter and packs the caffeine punch you demand.

Keurig K10 MINI Plus brewer, $100, BedBathandBeyond.com



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