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I did not read all the comments, sorry if what I'm going to write has already been said.

Since it's a one bedroom it seems unlikely that more than two people will live in there at any time. I suppose that you either live alone or with a partner. So what I would ask myself is this: Do I usually need all the space in the fridge for myself (and my partner)? If the answer is that the big fridge is usually half empty, then you don't have to look further. Go for the small fridge.

If the answer is yes, it's usually full consider why that is. Do you only go shopping once every week (or every two weeks)? Could you go twice a week or do you live in a place where grocery stores are hard to come by? And are you actually eating all that food? Or is it more often that you put leftovers in and they accumulate there untill you throw them out? Do you have a lot of grocery waste? If that's the case then a smaller fridge might actually be helpful to reduce the food you throw away, which, aside from the moral boost, would also mean less expenses. Also you might reconsider what kind of stuff you put in the fridge. Not everything most people put in there actually needs to be kept cold.

Personally I think that an under the counter fridge + an under the counter freezer offer more than enough storage for two people, even if you only shop once a week. I would even go as far as saying it offers enough storage for a family of four -- at least it works here in Europe. Without going to the store every day. I live alone and my fridge-and-freezer combo is the size of two stacked under the counter fridges. And frankly, I wish the fridge was smaller. It's a waste of energy to cool the whole thing down when I only use 1/3 of it. And I really like to cook...


What's Better in Small Kitchen: More Cabinets or Full-Size Fridge? Good Questions
7/24/14 02:43 PM

It was not my intention to force my point of view on otheres. On the contrary, I find the different experiences quite interesting. There are things that are completely normal here that apparently seem very strange to Americans and the other way round.

For example I wouldn't even have thought that a landlord can forbid you from painting your apartment. Soooo strange. Of course you have to leave it the way you found it (if there is no other agreement), but to forbid it or tho have to ask if you're allowed... It wouldn't even have crossed my mind. ;-)


Would You (Could You?!?) Talk About Your Rent with Your Neighbors? Renter's Solutions
7/23/14 09:00 AM

It was not my intention to force my point of view on otheres. On the contrary, I find the different experiences quite interesting. There are things that are completely normal here that apparently seem very strange to Americans and the other way round.

For example I wouldn't even have thought that a landlord can forbid you from painting your apartment. Soooo strange. Of course you have to leave it the way you found it (if there is no other agreement), but to forbid it or tho have to ask if you're allowed... It wouldn't even have crossed my mind. ;-)


Would You (Could You?!?) Talk About Your Rent with Your Neighbors? Renter's Solutions
7/23/14 09:00 AM

It was not my intention to force my point of view on otheres. On the contrary, I find the different experiences quite interesting. There are things that are completely normal here that apparently seem very strange to Americans and the other way round.

For example I wouldn't even have thought that a landlord can forbid you from painting your apartment. Soooo strange. Of course you have to leave it the way you found it (if there is no other agreement), but to forbid it or tho have to ask if you're allowed... It wouldn't even have crossed my mind. ;-)


Would You (Could You?!?) Talk About Your Rent with Your Neighbors? Renter's Solutions
7/23/14 09:00 AM

My thoughts exactly. If you buy furniture on impulse the worst that can happen is that you spend more than planned or don't like it after a short periode of reconsidering. Well, that's not great, but whatever. If you adopt a pet on impulse and then realise you don't really have the time, devotion or money to take care of it adequately... That's bad. Especially for the poor animal.

So while I like the idea, I'm really torn because I'm afraid people might not think about their decisions of getting a pet. If, on the other hand, this is a way that people realize if they want a dog they don't need to buy a puppy from a breeder but can give a well deserved home to a shelter animal... Well, that of course would be great.

Having two shelter cats at the moment (every cat I ever had was adopted) I know only too well how greatful and utterly amazing shelter animals can be!


Want a Beagle With Your Billy Bookcase? IKEA Showcases Homeless Pets on the Showroom Floor
7/23/14 05:32 AM

It should say "you *can* end the contract faster", obviously you don't have to.


Would You (Could You?!?) Talk About Your Rent with Your Neighbors? Renter's Solutions
7/21/14 04:08 AM

Well, in a situation like that I understand why one decides not to talk about it. It seems to be a bit of an unusual situation to me though. It would be handled differently here, I think. People would probably just quote the price and then add "But it's a service accomodation, so it's below market price. Market price would probably be around XXX.".

Also, there is no lease renewal in Germany. About 95% of leases are open-ended contracts. If you want to move you have to give three months notice (you end the contract faster if a new tenant can be found before that). The landlord can only end the lease a) if you don't pay rent (at all or not on time) or if you damage the rental, b) if he (or a family member) want to move into the rental or c) if you living there hinder him from using the in an adequate economical manner.

Rent increases are subject to legislation (not more than x% per year, don't know the exact number) and happen within the conditions stated in the individual lease or tenants law.


Would You (Could You?!?) Talk About Your Rent with Your Neighbors? Renter's Solutions
7/21/14 04:04 AM

Exactly.

I live in a town with relatively high high rents (for Germany anyway). When I moved here I was shocked by the prices and I ended up paying more than I planned. I had to learn however, that I am blessed with an apartment that is far cheaper than anything comparable in size, location and general "niceness" in this town. And I learned that by going through listings and unabashedly asking friends and colleagues (no big secrecy about our salaries anyway since I work in public service and we all get paid according to collective/labor agreement). Nobody has ever refused to answer or seemed uncomfortable about the answer (but of course it was always clear that nobody needed to tell if they didn't want to) and we commiserated about prices in general and were happy for each other when somebody got a good deal (comparatively speaking).

Btw in response to some of the posts here: Never have I entertained the thought that somebody might try to steal my apartment or clue in my landlord that they weren't asking enough (I suspect that they know that anyway as they own quite a few apartments they rent under market price, but take the view that they don't really need the money so they don't see a point in asking higher rent). It would be kind of sad to be so suspicious, isn't it?


Would You (Could You?!?) Talk About Your Rent with Your Neighbors? Renter's Solutions
7/18/14 05:43 AM

In Germany you don't need the landlord's permission to paint your walls. In fact many landlords have leases that oblige you to paint regularly (all two, three, four years).

The law of tenancy also states that you have to leave the apartment in the same state it was in. So basically if you moved into a freshly painted apartment you have to paint before you move out. Usually white. If you moved in an apartment that was not painted before you moved in, you can leave without painting. In that case you can still be asked to paint over dark colours (like carcoral, midnight blue, black, dark brown...) though, because it would be too much work for the next tenant to paint over those colours if he wanted white or pastel walls.


Fess Up: Have You Ever Painted A Rental Without Permission?
7/16/14 07:42 AM

Luckily I have had a washing mashine available for most of my life but during the year I didn't go more often than every other week/every three weeks. More frequent trips to make things more managable?! How about: No way in freaking hell?

I don't know about you, but I don't fancy sitting around in a laundromat more often than I absolutely have to. One big hiking backpack and one big IKEA style bag could hold three loads of laundry, and I didn't need more than that (I didn't OWN more stuff than that living in a tiny studio). One load of sheets and towels, one of dark clothing and one of light. Go there when few people want to do their laundry so you can put in all your loads at the same time.

For me that usually meant very early Sat or Sun morning, just after the laundromat opened. I took the newspaper, a thermos of coffee and bought some pastry on my way and had breakfeast there. Not the most athmospheric place to have breakfeast, but that way I could keep an eye on your laundry, read the paper and not waste too much of my precious week-end time.


Our Best Tips for Living Without a Washing Machine
7/15/14 09:53 AM

Okay the glasses are cute. But $112?! That's $19 per glass... Euhm...


What's Making Us Happy This Week Editor Picks for July 15
7/15/14 08:54 AM

"My tips would be to put a traditional rug on the floor (kelim for example), some colorful cushions on the sofa and PLANTS! " Agreed. And don't stick to neutrals for the rug and cushions, this room needs pops of colour.

Also put something on those sidetables. Lamps, some nice candles or create a vignette. And the art on the wall looks lost. See if you can find either one bigger piece of art or some more pieces to go with the one you have.


Ideas for Living Room that \"Needs aLittle Something Else\"? Good Questions
7/15/14 08:07 AM

You can: Wash and clean the fruit then put it in the freezer until it's completely frozen (or use frozen fruit to begin with). Then put all of the ingredients in a blender, blend until it has the consistency you like (slightly chunky vs. very smooth). Depending on how much sirup and lemon you use it will either have the perfect consistency to be eaten and protioned directly or you can put it into the freezer for an hour or two while stirring it every 20 or 30 minutes.

The disadvantage of this method is that when you use fruit that contains small grains like black-, rasp- or strawberries they will stay in the sorbet. If you don't like that you can still use all other kinds of fruit like peaches, apricots, nectarines... But personally I don't mind to have some grains in it.


How To Make Sorbet With Any Fruit Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
7/15/14 06:29 AM

Well, I didn't find the prices of the residence described there, but if it is $930 a night that is very pricy indeed. I saw other houses in the same area starting at $200, which, while it's still a lot of money, seems more reasonable. It's probably possible to find vacation houses that are less expensive though.

I know that in Germany you can find nice houses (2 bedrooms) starting around Euro 80 - 100/night in the summer time -- but those will be very basic and probably not the most charming. So all's not lost, it just depends on what you want to get. ;-)


Kid & Coe is Airbnb for Parents Design News
7/15/14 06:08 AM

I already made a big batch of Chili con Carne on Frieday. And tomorrow I will try my hand at my very first real sponge cake. Just like others fear yeast dough, mine is sponge cake. For some reason I never dared to try it... But tomorrow! Yes...


What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of July 12-13, 2014
7/12/14 04:09 PM

I had roommates all through college and university. And I loved most of them. Two of them were horrible, and after 6 years of shared apartments I was done with it, but I have built up lasting friendships and generally enjoyed living with other people.

By now I have been living alone for almost five years, and I must admit that I have considered moving in with a roommate again. It's cheaper and it can be so much fun... I do like my apartment very much though, and it's definitely cheap for the location, size and ... everything -- and it's a one bedroom. So I don't really forsee a roommate anytime soon. If I decide to move in with a boyfriend though (I'm single, so no immediate prospects there either), he definitely has to move here as it will be very hard find a better (or as good) deal in the area than (as) my apartment...


Living with Roommates (Just for the Fun of It)
7/11/14 03:49 PM

Now I have tears in my eyes. I hope that mixer is still running faithfully. What a sweet reminder of your mum.


My Uncool Kitchen Tool: Mom’s Mixer
7/11/14 06:05 AM

Honestly I never understood the need to use a chef's knife for everything. I use my paring knife to prepare most veggies and fruits. I find it easier to handle and really don't see the advantage of using a big clunky knife to cut a carrot or a potatoe.

I thank you for this article, because I did look up cooking classes in my area and I already chose two I'd really like to do: one two-evening class of Persian and one two-evening class of Mexican cooking. Yay...


Culinary School Week 1: How I Rediscovered the Paring Knife Culinary School Diaries
7/11/14 05:57 AM

We see so many beautiful houses and apartments here at AT, but it's not so often that we see actual *homes*. This is one example, and I applaud you to it. It's beautiful and obviously thoughtfully put together, but it doesn't look over the top and it looks lived in.

I especially have a beef with children's rooms that look like they are showrooms. I love how they look a bit ordinary in this house. Kids the age of those girls don't need delicate and expensive furniture. They need a space to play without worrying about a white carpet, an antique bed or a brand new shelf. I can't praise you enough to put aside your personal esthetics and let the girls have rooms they can go wild in.


The Pineapple Housewife's Happy Home House Tour
7/11/14 03:46 AM

This is so perfect I want to cry. Brilliant, brilliant job. Thank you for saving this piece of furniture. Absolutely stunning.


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7/10/14 10:09 AM