Running a French Holiday Gite in Rural Brittany

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Getting organised to go to France

The garage is definitely getting fuller as I start to get myself ready and organised for some more ‘holiday' time in our Brittany Gite.

As we don’t live close to the Gite, each trip I have to make sure that I’ve got everything I need to take with me. For the last few years I’ve been using Wunderlist which is a cross-platform ‘to-do’ list. I used to write down what I needed to take with me on a piece of paper but inevitably the paper would get lost, mangled or whatever, and so I moved with the times to Wunderlist (actually I first used a to-do service called Astrid but then Yahoo bought them and promptly closed it down :-( )

So I’ve been with Wunderlist since 2013 and what I particularly like is that you can create a list, share it with other people, and it automatically synchronises whenever you make changes. I have Wunderlist on my iPhone, iPad, Mac, and the Android app all work seamlessly together.

Because I have been known to forget to take things I need to France, or vice versa, leaving some tools over there - which is really annoying, I’ve now got super-organised in Wunderlist with folders for what I need to buy ready for France, what I have got and need to take, things I need to buy in France, and then a to-do list and a longer term rennovation plan (where things can languish for years!).

Since I wasn’t able to get to the Gite in the back end of last year, the ‘bringing to France’ list on Wunderlist now stands at 42 items, a mixture of things to be replaced in the Gite itself, and things for the ‘project’ that is rennovating the other half of the property. Here’s a subset:

All I need now is to get the time away from work to actually take a break and go over there.

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