1. Kvell Boto Storage Ottoman ($120)

Any storage ottoman creates a place to stash living-room odds and ends. Kvell's "pretty and practical" variation on the theme also folds flat when you want to store it. It's available in two sizes and several shades of velvet. Buy it at Amazon.

2. Tetra Countertop Dishwasher ($399)

Why bother with a bulky dishwasher if you can get away with a microwave-size appliance? This prize-winning unit, soon available for pre-order, can wash and sterilize plates for two in 15 minutes. And there's no plumbing necessary. Buy it at My Heat Works.

3. Swoop Toy Storage Bag ($48)

Don't let the family-room floor be colonized by Legos. Swoop's large drawstring canvas bag is big enough to be a play space once unfurled. When playtime is over, just cinch the bag and tuck it in a closet. Buy it at Amazon.


4. Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle ($25)

This water bottle can be "a traveler's best hydrating friend." When empty, the leak-proof silicone bottle rolls up into a bundle about the size of your fist. It's also "virtually indestructible." Buy it at Amazon.

5. GSI Outdoors Toaster ($10)

Put away that toaster crowding your countertop. This stainless steel contraption is made for toasting bread over a campfire, but it works just as well over a gas or electric range. And it, too, folds flat for storing. Buy it at Amazon.

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