Saturday, December 16, 2006

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Saturday's Photo Scavenger Hunt: Annoying

When we first moved to Munich, we found it incredibly annoying that none of the homes here have closets or light fixtures! Very different from back home in Canada. So we had to buy wardrobes for all our clothes, and light fixtures to install so that we had light at night! I still find it a bit annoying not to have closets. In my opinion, wardrobes just aren't as handy as closets for storing things. (To the Germans, the lack of closets and lights is perfectly normal. Germans find it rather odd that North Americans have closets in their homes, and that most homes come with light fixtures already installed. They would rather get to choose their own style and type of light fixture, even when renting.)

29 comments:

mar said...

Yes, you are very right, it is very annoying!! we lived in Germany almost 9 years in 2 different places: no closets, booooo!
happy saturday!

Write From Karen said...

Caylynn, that IS incredibly annoying!! I don't think I've ever heard of a place without closets or lights fixtures - how ODD.

Enjoy the weekend!

Lazy Daisy said...

I think it would be annoying too. Hope you picked some nice lamps!

Terri said...

From visiting England and France, I found the same thing...no proper closets. Just wardrobes. And it always amazed me, because these wardrobes take up SO much more space. So this really IS quite annoying!
Thanks for your visit.

Soulful_SensitiveStreak said...

I understand how annoying that could be especially since you're used to having those things already installed in most houses.

Have a lovely weekend. Mine is also up.

Take care,
Rach

Tammy said...

Wow...I don't know what I would do without closet space!!
I hear ya on the no light fixtures...here in the US the newer apartments don't have them...grrrr!!
I think every room needs at least one overhead light!!
:-D

srp said...

Austria too. When my brother bought his apartment in Vienna he found that the people took their fixtures with them. He has a hall closet but wardrobe for his room. Me, I love a large walk in closet and if it happened to have a large chest of drawers in it, that would be icing on the cake.

Leslie said...

Gosh, that would annoying. Closets and light fixtures are things I just take for granted. I'd be annoyed if I didn't have them!

Michelle said...

I have to agree - that would be terribly annoying!!!

Ma said...

Wow! How can you go without closet and lights? That would be annoying.

I'm up too.

Sunflower said...

thanks for stopping by my Sunflower blog.

it is annoying!

Sanni said...

Oh, I know: It is annoying... I totally fell in love with the North American closets during my first visit! That´s why we have a (selfmade) closet in our home =)

Schönes Wochenende

San

P.S.: Kleiderschränke sind schrecklich... viel zu klein und vorallem DUNKEL!

Larry said...

Didn't know that about lack of closets - how annoying that must be!

Angelo said...

That's not only annoying, but kinda weird to not have a closets? Happy Saturday :)

Pat said...

Ugh!!! It was the same here in France - no closets, no light fixtures!!!! Very annoying!

Thanks for stopping by.

Barbara H. said...

Wow, that would be annoying!! I can't imagine not having closets -- seems so much more space-efficient than wardrobes.

We didn't notice our house didn't have overhead light fixtures when we first looked at it -- I don't know how we missed that, except we were in town for a weekend and pressed for time. As we moved in we realized that most of the rooms didn't have them -- and we were short on lamps!! Thankfully my husband knows how to install them, but it was not what he wanted to do, especially right at first.

ChupieandJ'smama said...

That would be so annoying! I need a walk in closet, not a wardrobe. And I don't even have that many clothes. Thanks for visiting and I hope you and Dragonheart have a great weekend:)

Irish Church Lady :) said...

Yes that would be annoying! LOL

Happy SPH and weekend!

Anonymous said...

Where do the clothes go? In dressers maybe? It sounds crazy! But I guess it can help with not accumulating clutter. Here we get way too spoiled with his and hers walk-in closets the size of bedrooms.

on the ROCK

Teena said...

No closets? Where do they hang their clothes?

Mine's up too :)

Lynn said...

My parents would find that annoying.
The builder of their home put in built in closets, and built in Chests of Drawers. And a hallway of floor to ceiling closets for walls.

mine is up

eph2810 said...

Lol - yeah, German apartments are totally different than here in North America. We don't have walk-in-closets either. We usually buy big huge closets with sliding doors in Germany :)...

abe/happy said...

wow thats weird - it would be annoying to have to fork out money for wardrobes & lights!

PastorMac's Ann said...

That would be so annoying. I think closets and lights are pretty handy. I'd be pretty frustrated without either one.

Happy S.P.S.H.!

eija said...

You know... In Finland German people are known to travel extremely prepared: They carry along their own beer, own gasoline - and even toilet paper! My parents have known a German couple like for ever. They come to Finland 2-3 times a year and stay about 4 days at a time. Always they come with so many huge suitcases that my parents have trouble fitting them into their car...

When my sister was in Germany, it was a shock to her that when they did the dishes, they didn't rinse the soap off them - because that way the plates and glasses remained shiny and good looking!

So in this light no lights or no closets sounds pretty normal in Germany? *grin*

Lisa said...

Wardrobes look pretty, but I'll take my big American walk-in closet any old day! LOL :-)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by mine.

Mrs Lifecruiser said...

I would find that annoying too. We have that in many apartments here in Sweden and in houses too. It can be a bit different with newly built ones though.

Mummy B said...

interesting cultural difference there! and I can imagine it would be very annoying for you!! Here in Australia old houses such as our's (1970's) do not have closet's (or built in wardrobe's as we call them). Newer houses all come with built in's :)

Gattina said...

I must have slept, I didn't see your post I thought you weren't playing. with the closets in Germany it depends where you live and in which social society. For the average people indeed there is no closets or not very often. That's also because people rent more then buy a habitation. Usually when you build your own house then you would put it in. Same for buying an appartment. But rented things no.
In Belgium appartments and houses are much bigger for everybody and we all have closets.