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How are you getting rid of stuff? (We’re selling everything to travel the world)

Feb 8, 2019

This is easy in writing and hard in practice. We are using the extra room in our apartment to keep all the things that we are ready to sell or donate. When they’re there, I take pictures and place ads on the Facebook Marketplace and the application Wallapop.

How are you getting rid of stuff?

I’m using the same system for everything.

For the past few months, I’ve been purging: I created a “purgatory” place in my closet and another one in my bathroom cabinet. Every two weeks, I get rid of stuff that I haven’t used or worn in the past two weeks. I put them in the purgatory.

After two weeks, if I have taken something back from the purgatory, I keep it in my “keep” closet and cabinet: it means that I’m not ready to let them go or that I need to take them with me. As for the stuff that I haven’t taken back, I move it to my donate/sell room.

Clothes: I’m letting my friends go through my clothes, and whatever they don’t want, I’m giving to charity. I picked an association called Angeles Malagueños de la Noche as they give everything directly to people in need (so there’s no selling involved).

I’m also aware of the facts that I’ll still be living a normal life until June, so I’m keeping a couple of outfits to go salsa dancing, for example, and a few other things that we won’t take on our travel.

Furniture: I’m trying to sell everything for half the price I bought it. Whatever I don’t sell will go to charity at the end of February.

Kitchen stuff: I’m placing ads of everything, even things we use every day (we rented the apartment completely empty so everything in it is ours) and in the ads I’m writing that they will be available at the end of February. It’s working well so far and people have been understanding.

How are you living without furniture?

We adapt!

It’s crazy how little you REALLY need to live, and how much stuff we own that we can do without. We’re quite minimalistic, yet you should see the amount of stuff we still have to get rid of (I’ll show you in my Instagram stories).

Right now we’re living without a couch, bed frames and pots (we’re cooking in an old paella pot that we will donate at the end of February).

I was keeping the kids stuff till the end of February (and the play corner for my blog photos), but I’m stressing about how much stuff we still need to get rid of, so I decided that next week all the buyers will come and collect. I need to see progress.

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I write mainly about Montessori, parenthood, and multilingualism. Here are some recent posts.

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One day a few years ago my husband came home and said, "Why don't we put a mattress on the floor in the baby room? It'd be much more natural". "Never" was my reply. That's how our Montessori journey started. Since then we've been living, breathing and applying the philosophy at home day in and day out, starting from ourselves. Because educating children starts from the parents.
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Living sustainably
Living sustainably for me doesn’t only mean to have a more eco-friendly lifestyle. It means to make decisions that are sustainable for our planet, the people on it, but also for our life, our lifestyle, and our happiness. It means to take any daily chance to evolve and be happier, healthier, kinder, more responsible and more caring human beings—the only sustainable way for a meaningful future.
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Travel

We sold everything to travel the world for two years. We're currently in New Zealand.

Books

In 2020 I wrote 4 books for the Italian collection “Gioca and Impara con il metodo Montessori” curated by Grazia Honegger Fresco. The collection is a project by Il Corriere della Sera and La Gazzetta dello Sport.

We also implemented the workshops of the last 15 volumes of the collection with Oliver and Emily.

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Why La Tela di Carlotta?
I dreamed of the name La Tela di Carlotta. One morning I woke up and in my dreams I had created a blog named just like the American novel (Charlotte's Web). Many years and endless ups and downs later, this web of thoughts and stories is my work. It took me a long time to understand what kind of online presence I wanted and today I know: I'm transparent, I show real life, I don't advertise, I only recommend sustainable brands (and not only because they pay me) and I believe in the value of my blog and my courses—because if we don't believe in the value of our work, no one will believe in it for us.
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