Culture shock alert! Let’s just say that closet space in Denmark isn’t at all what this American girl is used to.
Not counting the kitchen cabinets, you’re looking at all of the closet space in my entire Danish apartment! I consider myself a simple living girl, but this is a just a little bit extreme!
Closet Space in Denmark
This is actually a quite normal standard of closet space in Denmark. Most houses and apartments don’t have built-in closets like I’d become accustomed to while growing up and living in the States. Freestanding wardrobes like this one make up most of the very limited closet space in Denmark. These wardrobes are considered part of the furniture, and people usually take them when they move, but I negotiated this one as part of the real estate deal. On top of everything else I’m dealing with in conjunction with moving to a new country, the last thing I wanted to worry about was finding a wardrobe. I don’t even know where they sell such things, let alone trying to get there on a bike or public transportation!
Sometimes, people convert a small room in their house to a walk-in closet, but that’s exceptional and a lot of space to give up in already small (by American standards anyway) living spaces. Not that these freestanding beasts take up much less room in comparison.
Nevermind winter coats, hats, handbags, sweaters, and my extensive shoe collection, but where am I supposed to keep practical things like a vacuum cleaner, cleaning supplies, sewing materials, luggage, my aerobic step, exercise ball, and cat litter? Danes must have a lot less stuff than I do!
I guess I’ve just found a use for the scary and abandoned bathroom in the common hallway, the only problem is, I’m a bit scared of going in there…