After a year of wedded bliss (ha!) we’ve definitely settled in with all our wedding loot and have figured out what we love and use most often, and what we wished we’d registered for (or registered for more of).
My number one tip for registering is: Don’t register TOO early! You’re only setting yourself up for disappointment. We got engaged 16 months before our wedding day… and registered 16 months before the wedding. The entire engagement was spent rearranging our registries to accommodate products that were constantly going out of stock or being discontinued. UGH. 8 months out would have probably been a better idea. We wasted a ton of time by registering too early.
That being said, here are 5 registry items we received that we love a lot:
We live in a loft with NO storage space. Once we got this pot stand, we cleared out 2 entire cabinets in our kitchen! The stand is really cute too, and shows off our pots (ahem… still IKEA) in an organized and open way. If you’re a couple cabinets short in your kitchen, this is a great solution!
I didn’t want to buy an electric skillet because it takes up too much space to store. You throw it over your gas burner and while the temperature isn’t as controlled as an electric skillet, it takes up NO room to store. This double griddle was a great buy, and we use it at least twice a week! If it’s cold outside, we use it in place of a grill to grill veggies, chicken, etc. Flip it over to the smooth side and you can cook 6 pancakes at a time on it!
I don’t know why we ever bothered with those regular 10oz size coffee mugs. Seriously? I can’t remember life without these oversized mugs. 2.5 cup capacity means I wake up 2.5 times happier than the average coffee drinker. 🙂
We try our best to use canvas bags, but when we forget them, we inevitably get plastic bags at the grocery store, and later pick up dog poopie with them. We used to throw our plastic bags above the refrigerator, and it was an ugly mess. this plastic bag holder is amazing. You can jam 50 plastic bags into them, and they store used bags nicely until you’re ready to reuse them. It’s amazing how much space it has freed up in our kitchen!
These were items that we just felt bad about adding to our registry. The pots are SO expensive, and I just figured that the price point was too prohibitive. We registered for a couple sizes of Dutch ovens, and ended up receiving one small pot from the line. I splurged and bought the large 6.5 quart Dutch oven on my own. I REGRET NOT REGISTERING FOR THE FULL LINE. Le Creuset pots are SO easy to clean up and give amazingly even heat. I know this is common knowledge, but it’s one of those things that I have to throw out there. I wish I registered for an entire line—that way even if we didn’t get them, we could at least get the small discount that stores give you for uncompleted registry items. With how expensive these are, a 10-15% discount would have been substantial. I’ll slowly be collecting the rest of these pots and Dutch oven over the years. They are unlike anything I’ve ever cooked in!
Hopefully if you’re in the midst of the registry process, you’ll consider these goodies! It’s a good idea to sit down and think about what the most inconvenient thing is in your home right now, and finding solutions for that problem to add to your registry. Not surprisingly, our favorite items have been the ones that save us space.
Are there any space saving items you have in your home that would make great registry items? What’s the number one “problem area” in your house?