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Outfitting your first apartment is an undertaking, to say the least, and sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. But, if you’re anything like me, you have a few boxes that each product needs to check. For one, you’re probably on the hunt for things that don’t break the bank, but are good quality. (We all want our first purchases to last, right?) However, even if you splurge on something, it’s key that it can perform more than one function and actually saves you money in the long run. Your gear also needs to take up as little space as possible, since first apartments tend to be on the smaller side. Of course, the best case scenario is when a product hits all of these criteria.
Here at The Kitchn, we’re always looking for these kinds of products, and luckily, we’ve tested tons of multifunctional and compact items that are perfect for your first apartment. Trust us, they’ll come in handy time and time again — and they’ll last you well beyond the months you spend settling into your place. Check out this curated list of some of our favorites and get ready to deck out your new kitchen.