Since I'm still new to this, I didn't realize visitors have to subscribe in order to leave comments. But I suppose that's a safeguard to keep random comments from cyber psychos who have nothing better to do. So I apologize for any inconvenience because I really do want your insights.
Yesterday I happened to mention (in a post) that most Germany residences have no counter space in the kitchens, and definitely no closets! Last night I happened to be in a home that had plenty of both! .....seriously.........large built-in closets and even a mud-room type of closet for buckets, vacuum cleaner, brooms and mops, etc. Since many of us convert a smaller spare bedroom into a walk-in closet and have had to invest in wardrobes, I was really surprised to see this exception to the rule.
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