However, creating a registry can be a little more difficult if you live in a small apartment. You have your eye on that shiny new mixer, but where will you put it? You need items that will keep things organized and maximize the space you have.
Luckily, there are a ton of gifts out there that combine pleasing aesthetics and great functionality, allowing you to make the most of your new household appliances and your apartment’s limited space.
Assess your space and take inventory
Before you even think about making a list, it’s important you and your fiancé look at your living area and consider how much space you have to add new items. Can you fit a coffee table in the living room? Is there room for a toaster oven in the kitchen?
Adding items to your registry when you don’t have space for them will only create frustration for you and your future spouse. You may even need to sell or return gifts if you can’t fit them. Avoid the hassle now and take some measurements.
Once you’ve assessed how much free space you have — or don’t have — to fill up, focus on items you want to upgrade. Consider everything you and your partner already have and decide which things are worth replacing. Now is the perfect time to upgrade to pieces that reflect your shared sense of style and taste. Plus, swapping out the old for the new doesn’t add any extra clutter, and you have the option to donate the used item to someone who can use it.
Make a List
List all the items you want to replace, as well as any other essentials you might need. Decide how you plan to use your kitchen or bathroom now and how you would like to in the future. Would you like to cook more? Are you really going to use a juicer? Maybe you’d like to use a Crock-pot. Do you like to keep towels in the bathroom? Where will you store or hang them?
Try to keep each other’s interests in mind while still trying to narrow down your list to the essentials and things you will actually use. Anything else will just take up space and make your apartment feel cramped.
A few space-saving items are always good to consider adding to your registry.
Make the most of your apartment’s space by adding dual-purpose furniture to your wish list. Stools and floor poufs with hidden compartments are great for both sitting and storing. They’re also easy to push under a coffee table if you need more space.
Coffee tables that can expand or collapse depending on your needs are also a great idea. Even decorative pieces like woven baskets can function as storage space for dog toys, books or blankets.
Working with small living spaces means rethinking shelving. Floating shelves and leaning ladder units are a great option if you don’t have the space for a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf or china cabinet. These items save space while also giving your home an architectural element. You might consider using mounted hooks or racks to hang coats or planters to save on floor space.
Multi-purpose kitchen supplies
Just like in the living room, it’s imperative you find kitchen items that can serve more than one purpose. For example, multicookers can make anything from a pressure-cooked chicken to a big batch of rice. A blender that doubles as a food processor is another great appliance to have on hand. Multiple settings allow you to make everything from smoothies to hummus.
Save even more on space by adding items to your list that are collapsible or fit inside each other. Nesting mixing bowls and collapsible colanders are two great examples. A hand grater can also be used in multiple ways. Grate cheese, veggies, zests and even chocolate to get full use out of this essential kitchen item.
Don’t be afraid to think big
If you’re creating a wedding registry to fill a smaller space, you’ll inevitably need fewer things. Group gift-giving is becoming more popular, especially for weddings. Don’t be afraid to add a few more expensive items to your wish list — if you’ll use them, of course.
This is the perfect time to add a storage bed to your registry. A bed frame that incorporates storage drawer’s underneath is an ideal alternative to a shoe rack and is great for apartments without a closet. Most storage beds don’t require a box spring, so there’s no need to worry about that added expense. If you have a bed but need a nice coffee table or other living room furniture, now is the time to ask.
Make your registry work for you
When you have a small space, you want to make the most of everything and not overwhelm your apartment. After all, you don’t want to start your lives together in a cluttered mess. With a little planning, you can outfit your home in style.
Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Guides for Brides, Hotel Online and more!