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13 Amazon Products Tiny Home Owners Can’t Live Without

Maximizing space is something owners of tiny homes know a thing or two about. They're revealing their best kept space-saving secrets—and you're going to want to steal them all.

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Rinse & Strainer Foldable Cutting Board, Veggies & Fruit Cutting Board, BPA-Free Plastic Multifunctional Cutting Board Mat (Green)via

Multi-taskers are your friend

Owners of tiny homes have to get super-creative because their space is at a super-high premium. Unitaskers are their worst enemy, they’re used infrequently and when not in use, they take up a lot of valuable space. To have room for everything they need, these homeowners opt for multi-function and multi-purpose pieces. They also choose the foldable, collapsible or nesting versions of everyday items. Here are 13 ingenious, tiny home-friendly products these owners can’t live without. Find out the ways to make a small room feel bigger.

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Originalidad Collapsible Cutting Boardvia

Originalidad Collapsible Cutting Board

“We use a ton of collapsible items especially for the kitchen, like our strainer for veggies,” says Tim Davidson, who along with Sam Cosner blogs about living in their tiny home named Tiffany. This durable yet flexible board opens out flat to provide a knife-friendly cutting surface and folds to form a handy strainer at one end to corral food for rinsing—it even has a hole so it can be hung out of the way when not in use. Don’t miss these organizing tools with practically perfect reviews on Amazon.

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Fazmov Silicone Collapsible Storage Setvia

Fazmov Silicone Collapsible Storage Set

When you need to make use of literally every inch of space, these collapsible bowls are a necessity. Davidson and Cosner explain that the nice part is that they all stack on top of each other and take up virtually no space, compared to keeping containers that don’t fold. They can be used for storing leftovers, carrying your lunch, and much more. Find out the pantry mistakes the Container Store thinks you’re making.

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Kitch N Gadgetz Measuring Cups and Spoonsvia

Kitch N Gadgetz Measuring Cups and Spoons

Perfect for the home baker who is short on space this set of six stackable measuring cups is something any tiny homeowner would choose. They nest, so they take up very little space, plus, they snap together, so they stay together when stored in a drawer or hung from a hook. You’ll also want to know these storage tricks from people who live in tiny homes.

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NestariaHome Foldable laundry basketvia

NestariaHome Foldable laundry basket

This foldable laundry basket is another unexpected collapsible product. It’s surprisingly sturdy with heavy-duty helper handles and a large capacity for all those dirty clothes. Plus, when it’s not in use, it can fold down to be stored under your bed, above the washer or dryer or in the back of your closet. Check out the most popular cleaning and organization products of the year.

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SAMMART collapsible bucketvia

SAMMART collapsible bucket

While this takes up very little space when collapsed, this folding bucket, another favorite of Davidson and Cosner, can hold up to 5 liters when it’s popped out. A sturdy bucket is key to quick and easy spring cleaning.

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Auoon Clip-On Strainervia

Auoon Clip-On Strainer

Why store a full-size strainer? Skip the space-hogging strainer and go with a simple clip-on style. Just a quarter of the size of a traditional strainer this silicone one clips directly onto most pots, pans and bowls. Just tilt and strain. You’ll want to know these kitchen organizing tips.

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KitchenAid Stand Mixervia

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Not many of us have the kitchen cabinet space to store countertop appliances like an ice cream maker, juicer and a pasta maker. Melanie Gnau, who lives in and writes about small spaces at A Small Life solves that problem with her KitchenAid stand mixer. She admits, “it’s an investment, but there is an attachment for the KitchenAid mixer for everything from spiraling vegetables to pasta making to food processing.” The stand mixer and attachments (sold separately) take up a fraction of the space you’d need to store countless individual countertop appliances. These are the KitchenAid mixer mistakes everyone has made.

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BUTEFO 8 in 1 Kitchen Tool Setvia

BUTEFO 8 in 1 Kitchen Tool Set

This eight-in-one tool takes the place of a drawerful of kitchen utensils. It replaces a funnel, a citrus juicer, a spice grater, an egg separator, an egg masher, a cheese grater, a jar opener and a measuring cup! Instead of having to find a place to store all those, this single tool stacks into what looks like an artistic wine bottle.

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Tovolo Better Batter Toolvia

Tovolo Better Batter Tool

Jenna Spesard of Tiny House Giant Journey seeks out multi-purpose devices like this Better Batter Tool. Its thick blades feature tapered silicone fins eliminating the need for a separate spatula. It’s ideal for stirring sauces, mixing batter or gravy, and even breaking up ground meat. Because it is heat-resistant to 600 degrees Fahrenheit (315.56 °C) you can use it on the stovetop. Is it possible you’ve been using this common kitchen utensil wrong the whole time?

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QKK Portable projectorvia

QKK Portable projector

A simple LED projector with a screen means you can have a big TV without taking up a big space. “This allows us to have a nice big TV while we lay in bed but also gives us the ability to fold it down if we want to have a much more open loft feeling in our home,” share Davidson and Cosner. These home entertainment projectors work for television shows, movies and video games. Check out the coolest tiny home in every state.

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Tangkula Wall Mounted Tablevia

Tangkula Wall Mounted Table

“I always try to find furniture that can serve multiple purposes,” says Spesard, like her folding dining table with a chalkboard on the underside. A true space saver, the table folds out when needed but can be easily tucked away when not in use. And it is the ultimate in double-duty, because “when it’s collapsed on the wall it serves as a chalkboard for my to-do lists” says Spesard. These decluttering tips for your kitchen are useful for everyone.

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Easy Eco Life Bedside Shelf Accessories Organizervia

Easy Eco Life Bedside Shelf Accessories Organizer

Making use of vertical wall space makes a lot of sense, especially when space is at a premium. Consider skipping the bedside table altogether and going with a wall-mounted organizer. With a spot to stash all your necessities, eyeglasses, tissues, earbuds, television remote and more, you won’t miss the clunky table one bit.

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iLemon Sofa Armrest Caddyvia

iLemon Sofa Armrest Caddy

Skip the clutter covered side table and instead drape this petite table over the chair or sofa armrest. Truly the tiniest of tables with pockets, this armchair accessory is all the tablespace you need for your snack, television remote, magazines and eyeglasses. If you still have cluttered tabletops, then check out these genius ideas to declutter flat surfaces (and keep them that way.)

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