We are lucky enough to own a small vacation house on water. We have been renting it out as a vacation spot, but decided to just use it ourselves this year. Maybe we'll put it back on the rental program in Jan. We furnished it as cheaply as possible, mostly from Ikea, the dollar store, and the 'marts. I am upgrading some of the stuff, a little at a time, and as the house is 5 years old now, we are starting to paint the interior.
We need to bring clothes, toiletries, medications, tools, paint supplies, books, videos, (no tv reception) the dog, her crate, her food, her toys. I try to bring nonperishable food, and as much perishable stuff that will fit in a cooler, as it takes 45 minutes to get to the nearest grocery store.
Right now I make a menu plan, "shop" from my pantry, and make a list of groceries to buy the day after we arrive. I make lists of everything else too, gather it all together, then DH packs it all into the van. It usually takes me all week to plan this expedition.
It takes 5 hours to get there so we have a quick dinner, usually spaghetti, and unpack, then go to bed.
So my question is, how do I go about simplifying and streamlining this process?
I did leave some staple foods down there last time, and we have a washer and dryer.
I'm losing weight, so my current wardrobe is very small, so I can't really leave clothes down there.