Travel acessories. They're compact, lightweight and have to pack a lot of functionality into a small package — exactly what you want for your small, cool apartment. Just because these accessories are designed for jet-setting doesn't mean they can't find a permanent home in your small space. This gear may be designed for on-the-go, but you can make use of their compact utility year-round.
Go-Anywhere Side Table
Travel Use: A flat-pack folding side table that can tuck under a hotel mattress for easy access to bedside gadgets and charging cables (it has two cord clips built-in).
At-Home Use: A permanent side table for bedrooms that are seriously lacking space, or a side table for convertible multi-purpose room beds (like that futon in the office/guest-room).
Get it: $14.99; thinkgeek.com
Jet Lag Alarm Clock
Travel Use: A teeny alarm clock that's half the size of your passport with easy access to change clocks and set alarms (plus a "lock" funtcion for all those buttons).
At-Home Use: A tiny alarm clock that will perch on a thin flat headbord and can handle getting thrown around a bit at home.
Get it: $40 in red, white or black; aplusrstore.com
Grid-It Organization System
Travel Use: Keeps travel neccessities organized in a carry-on bag or clipped onto the tray table latch in your airplane seat.
At-Home Use: Drop it in a messy drawer to stay organized, or hang it onto a wall or the side of your desk for extra storage in tight workspaces.
Get it: $9.99 to $49.99, depending on size; cocooninnovations.com
MiniDock iPhone Dock
Travel Use: Plug in the dock and charge your iPhone upright next to your hotel bed with the built-in charger.
At-Home Use: Make room (and clear cord clutter) on the bedside table by using this in the outlet next to your bed. Or use it in the bathroom to enjoy shower tunes without leaving your gadget in the countertop splash zone.
Get it: $19.95; bluelounge.com
ComboSaver Portable Laptop Lock
Travel Use: Keep this combination lock stashed in your bag to lock up your laptop wherever you go.
At-Home Use: Use this laptop lock on your desk at home; the coiled cord will help with cord management and keep slack cord from falling on the floor.
Get it: $24.99; kensington.com
(Images: Think Geek, A+R, Cocoon, Blue Lounge, Kensington)