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Friday, August 27, 2010

Housing in Germany

An unexpected benefit our housing in Germany is that I am getting lots of exercise.  Our housing in Germany is on the third floor of a charming apartment building with no elevator, so every time you leave or come in, you get some exercise.  This is good.

The other thing about housing in Germany is that closets are not usually built in.  That means no entry closet, no hallway closet or no bedroom closets.  This is something I don't understand about housing in Germany.  Germans are efficient at so many things, but having to bring your own closets everywhere you move doesn't make sense to me (it's often the same with kitchens as well).  As a result, we've been buying closets - one for each bedroom, one for the bathroom stuff, etc. and hauling them up three flights of stairs.  We did the last one tonight - thank goodness!  I'm getting some pipes on me now, but wasn't expecting that housing in Germany would be such good exercise!

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At August 27, 2010 at 7:09 PM , Anonymous WaAussie said...

And one more thing that is different is that often there are no kitchen and no light fittings or any window treatments such as blinds etc. in the flat. One one hand great as you can pick your own kitchen and so on, but the price for all this sure adds up.
I am used to just renting a place and have it ready to move in, kitchen and flooring and walls are all ready to go.
Looking forward to getting trim from walking up and down the stairs!

At August 29, 2010 at 10:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's nice to see you're such an optimist about walking up the three flights of stairs EVERY time you come in. Hope you can at least park close by!

At August 30, 2010 at 7:57 AM , Blogger Blissadventures in Europe said...

I know how you feel about the closets, kitchens and light fixtures! We are also in a 3rd floor walk up - and after the first 2 trips to Ikea for a kitchen table and TV stand, we decided to pay for delivery and set up of our wardrobes - all 5 of them!! Totally worth the money not to have to lug them up the stairs!! (although you're probably much fitter than we are ;-)

At September 2, 2010 at 9:16 AM , Blogger Expat in Germany said...

WaAussie - I know the kitchen thing doesn't make sense to me either, especially when you're renting. Our apartment came with a kitchen but it's ugly but we don't want to have to pay for a new one.

Blissadventures in Europe - I wish we would have that of that sooner. We only did that for our couch. I agree, totally worth the money.

At October 24, 2010 at 6:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is a common thing in Germany to have your own
closets and kitchen. Most people donĀ“t like to
live in furnituere of someones other tast.
When you move you take it with you

At November 18, 2010 at 9:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I found your blog yesterday, so am a little late to comment this post.

I like the North American Style with built-in closets, no doubt.

I also like the German habit to bring their own closets and kitchen.
IMHO it has nothing to do with a lack of efficiency, but with hygienic issues.

It does not seem very appetizing to place your stuff where others had their garbage and their dirty socks and other tasty things. Yukkkkkkk!

So I really do understand why Germans just decide to bring their own stuff instead of using built-ins with germs of unkown origin..........

I haven't met cockroaches and other friendly species in German kitchens or closets - maybe some silverfish, but that was all!

Well - good exercise PLUS an extra of hygienics - nothing to complain about...

At November 29, 2010 at 10:49 AM , Blogger Expat in Germany said...

@Anonymous, thanks for your comments. I never thought of it from a hygienic perspective, but I guess that makes sense, especially for a kitchen. I guess being Canadian it seems like a lot of extra work and money, but at least you know it's clean!


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