Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/04/14

European Electronic Appliances…Otherwise known as things that make me go “Hmmm…”

European Electronic Appliances…Otherwise known as things that make me go “Hmmm…”


Yeah, I know. A blog entry about electronic appliances? Really, Ginny? Muse gone to Hawaii or something?


Well, no. The truth is that electronic household appliances are different from those in America, and it tends to give you (me, at least), pause over what that reveals about the culture. Y’all keep in mind that this is coming all out of my little, but caffeinated, head.


The fridges are about the size of typical dorm fridges, maybe a little bigger. We are highly fortunate because we have two, as well as a freezer about the same size. The dishwashers I’ve seen are really quiet, but take a long time. The clothes washers and dryers are the same way on the time and size, though the sounds from our washer. Yeah…let’s just say that any time we are homesick for the sounds of landing planes, we could just do a load of wash and that will cure it. Honestly, the first time we did wash, Chelsea innocently asked if there was an airfield nearby.


The size of the fridge makes me a lot more careful about what we eat, leftovers-wise. There’s just no room for storing the leftovers from Saturday’s roast for Tuesday and Wednesday, along with storing a bit of something else for Monday. It also means that shopping is a bi-weekly thing. Which is o.k, just a switch. Luckily, our main meal is now at 2:30, so some leftovers can re-appear at the small evening meal. We no longer have gallons of Kool-aid or milk, but a pint of milk,along with counter bottles of water, an apple-sparkling water drink, and the equivalent of Sprite-Zero.


The size and time needed for the laundry necessitates thinking ahead, while the climate means that we can actually air out jeans or shirts a lot to be worn later in the week. When you know a load of laundry will take four hours to be complete, you actually do air clothes out, or remember to look at your clothes to make sure you have what you need for the next day. Even if you’re only eleven. The cool thing is that the reason the appliances take so long is that the cycles are a lot more gentle, which means clothes don’t get torn up in the wash. Less water, electricity, and clothes wastage.


I’ve come to find that all over Germany, the hallmarks of consumerism is what can be recycled, how can less natural resources be wasted, and what is the least amount of packaging required. The kids are realizing this too. My hope is that by the time we get back to America, this will have become a ingrained way of life for all of us.


By the way – for those who have asked about Chelsea’s progress in learning German. We just got back from Frankfurt and visiting older relatives. Chelsea asked in all seriousness whether the older relative we were staying with should be a “du” (informal “you”) or a “Sie” (formal “you”), and listened intently to the answer. Definite progression!!



  1. Ginny…. love your blog! 🙂 Oh the difference between the US & Europe – recognize them all, love it! 🙂
    Praying for you!


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