Optimizing our lives

Last week we moved into our new rental apartment in a town closer to Martin’s work.

Now instead of commuting for hours everyday in opposite directions, Martin is biking 20 minutes to the office and I will be working from home once I clear all this German paperwork!

Our quality of living has instantly improved.

I almost want to cry because this life is sooooo much better already!

We have a lot more time together and more energy to support our cancer-fighting lifestyle.

We will also save at least 300 EUR per month from less driving, less train usage, and lower rent!

All that will go towards our FIRE portfolio, which I’m very excited about. :mrgreen:

But even if moving increased our expenses (like if we had to move to a higher cost of living area to reduce our commutes), it would still be worth it to me. Life is just more peaceful now, and not like the candle is burning at both ends. It’s NICE!

As a side reflection, this recent move marks our 5th move in my 5 years of living in Germany. That right there is a snap shot of what it’s like to live abroad while trying to support our jobs. i.e it’s been stressful (and I didn’t even mention that we need to install and/or remove kitchens for every single move!!).

We just got internet connection at the new place this morning, so I’m planning to get back into the blogging mode soon. Maybe I will post some pictures of the mess that is our new apartment! ๐Ÿ™‚


14 thoughts on “Optimizing our lives

  1. Yay! Sounds like you guys are doing great! I’m very happy to hear that. Living close to work is very nice…I miss working from home and biking to work…but the flexibility in my new job pays off. We can relate with the constant moves, but not as frequent you! I like to embrace the change and look at it as a new adventure. Hope the rest of the move goes well!

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    • Congrats on the new job!!!! I had no idea you were planning to switch, since you didn’t plaster your blog with angsty job-related posts like I did with mine.

      Frequent moves seem to be a common theme amongst ALL of the expats I know. It’s very rare that someone happens to get settled so quickly without another big change swooping in. I’m hoping we will stay at this new place for at least 2 years. Although I’m usually the limiting factor in moving, so must control myself first. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Congratulations, it sounds like the move is bringing huge benefits already. I’m so glad that we live so close to our jobs – it has made our lifestyles so much less hectic since moving home from London.

    I am curious though – what do you mean by needing to install and/or remove kitchens from the rental properties? If you’re renting a place in a first world country, shouldn’t it come with a kitchen already?!


    • Ha!! You would think so, right? But alas, in Germany most flats come without kitchens. Only the tiles on the wall for a backsplash (hopefully it’s in a neutral colour, but we have gotten orange-y pink before), and a pipe and wires sticking out of the wall. Usually you have to uninstall the kitchen from the old place if the next tenants do not want it, or if you need a kitchen at your new place (likely). It’s probably one big reason why most people in Germany stay in their rentals for so long. Cuz it’s such a PITA to move.


      • They don’t use dry wall here, so all the walls are concrete. I think that means less damage but I’m no expert. And yes, we have to supply everything – including all appliances! Something to budget for when you move to Germany one day. ๐Ÿ™‚


      • Well the concrete walls would certainly make a difference, but I’m guessing that the standard of the average kitchen must be far below what we would be used to (especially in more modern homes) in Australia. I’d better start saving my pennies for when I move to Deutschland!


      • It depends! My colleagues spent ‘a small Mercedes’ on their kitchen last year. It’s really nice but I wouldn’t do that for a rental apartment. Martin and I spend ~1K (depending on how big the kitchen is) by sourcing used appliances, installing it ourselves, and buying the cabinets from Ikea. It’s a lot of work!!!

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