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10 Appliances for Tight and Tricky Spaces

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Mini Vacuum Cleaner

Stick vacuums store easily in closet spaces.
Stick vacuums store easily in closet spaces.
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At some point, you've got to clean. But do you always need that big, bulky vacuum cleaner? A lightweight, rechargeable stick vacuum lets you unplug and go where you need to for small spaces and emergency cleanups. Ball-and-joint construction lets these babies glide into narrow spaces, and a foldaway handle makes it easy to lift the suction up for stairs, blinds or the top of the refrigerator. One version even does double duty: Its cleaning power comes from a pop-out, hand-held vacuum.

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