Moving house in France – the downside!

Only a few days now until d-day (déménagement day – moving day). when we head for the big city – well Bergerac, which is only a big city if you compare it with the field where we live at the moment, but exciting nonetheless.

Selling gites and moving to a normal house certainly focusses the mind on what you need to keep, and I can’t even begin to describe how much unnecessary stuff we have accumuated over the years, just because we have plenty of space for it.

Old building materials (left over plaster board, dried up bags of cement, half used tins of paint etc) fill the sheds, along with 101 other things that ‘might be useful one day’ – but of course weren’t.

It seems we have spent 11 years collecting numerous old televisions (pre flat screen), ovens with missing knobs, garden furniture with wobbly legs, and an extraordinary collection of other items such as parasol bases that can’t support a parasol in strong wind, poolside chairs and tables that have been long replaced, and even a Wendy house that we carefully brought from the UK – and never actually put up.

A small tractor and a collection of lawnmowers, chainsaws and strimmers are only a small part of the ‘garden’ equipment that we no longer need, not to mention the thousands of plants in pots that Mrs B has scattered around the property over the years….

But after numerous adverts on leboncoin, open days, trips to the skip and the charity shop we are starting to get our lives back in order at last – its actually quite a nice experience disposing of enormous amounts of old stuff!

So here is my handy hint if you live somewhere with loads of space, several attics, sheds and garages (as many of us do in France) – take a week out once a year to clear out all the ‘not sure if this will ever be useful’ items. They won’t be.


Note: start with cardboard boxes! We seem to have kept the original boxes for every computer, television, kettle, coffee maker etc we have ever bought (that is a lot when you have gites for 10 years), and even when the original article has long since been broken and discarded we still have the box and packaging. Which doesn’t matter until you try to repack a kettle or whatever and find you have six almost identical looking boxes to choose from…