My 1st article in the Minimalist Life Mag!

I got my first Minimalist article published a few seconds ago, so I thought I would share. It was published by The Minimalist in their Minimalist Life Magazine.

https://minimalism.life/minimizing-is-easy-a-minimalist-lifestyle-is-hard/

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For the podcast, I hit my 2000th download, so thats also really cool and exciting. Here is the last Episode I put out last Sunday:

Finally, got a hang on my topic for my Human Spaces podcast, started Fresh!

 

Just in case you missed it, here is my second wallpaper. Download and enjoy!

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I know its not Sunday, but I was too excited to wait to share my good news!

Happy Wednesday,

Harlem

podcast 001 |Life After Minimizing

The easy part is done! We are all now proclaimed minimalist, but how do we maintain it?How do we keep our spaces decluttered, organized, minimized and capsulized. How can create the habit of living a minimalist, organized, decluttered and capsulized lifestyle? How do we actually maintain this great change, because the struggle is real and the challenge only begins for all of us post-decluttering, post-minimization, post-capsulization of our lives and as we being trying to actually live our lives as a minimalist?Recognizing that the real challenge comes after we have minimized our lives in the post-minimalized phase of your transition to a life of intention, this podcast focuses on helping people maintain their minimized, decluttered, organized and capsulized lifestyle.

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The podcast is published every Sunday.  At the end, of the podcast, I give a few other quick tips. Happy Listening and have an awesome Sunday! Listen, share and leave me comments, ratings and awesome feedback, but most importantly, I hope you enjoy the moment!

If this podcast added value to your life or was a little interesting, please like it, subscribe to get the next podcast, join our facebook community at http://www.facebook.com/humanspaces/ and checkout the blog at humanspacedesigns.com . If you think it can add value to someone else you know, share it with your friends, family and network on facebook, twitter, linkedin or by any means that works best for you. Thanks again for listening and feel free to email me with comments/ questions at humanspaces@outlook.com or leave me a voicemail at +1-415-993-0559.

Here is a second wallpaper from my wallpaper series. Download and Enjoy!

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My Wallpaper Series Number Two: Enjoy!

 

My wallpaper series number two. Download it to your phone or desktop and enjoy!

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Weekend blogging is the best!

Happy Sunday,

Harlem

Free Minimalist Wallpapers Series 1

I love wallpapers! They do not take up any space and always add value to your day. Here is the first of many that I will create. I tell myself this everyday!  Just click the photo, save it or download it, set it as your new phone or desktop screensaver (or both)! 

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Loving Weekend Blogging,

Happy Sunday,

Harlem

A Little about me…

A LITTLE ABOUT ME AND MY LOVE FOR HAVING A MINIMALIST, ORGANIZED, GREEN AND DECLUTTERED LIFESTYLE …

The minimalist in me! I was not always this way. In fact, I was a consumer most of my life and one day in October 2016, I stopped and looked at the one thing in my life that was not adding value and it was my consumerist side. In a second, I changed my life, as my mother would say, ” Harlem, your ability to adapt and change when you want is a unique gift that most people would never dear to try.” Wanting to make sure I took full advantage of my life, I became a minimalist and decluttered my life, apartment, and soul.

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This led me here. I thought what if I shared my creative ideas on minimalist, green and travel home designing. Discussed the post declutter shift for unintentional possessions to 100% intentional possessions that actually add value, passion, love, energy and inspiration to your life. I thought this was a great idea, as the world is packed with minimalist or people on minimalist journey’s sharing stories about their journey to minimalism. Throwing out all the stuff over hours, days, months or even years. But what then? How do you know what you need to put back in your life to add value? Where do you find these creative ideas, if you do not have a creative ability? How do you find it or create it without heavy financial cost? Where was the same support for the people who had successfully decluttered their lives and wanted now add things with intentionality and clear value added purpose. This gave me the drive to create a blog about the post-declutter or post-minimalist reorganization and rebuilding of home that is intentionally filled with things that add value to your life.

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I decided in the end, that the parts about the post-declutter and rebuilding of my home that was most important and challenging for me was to maintain my decluttered, organized, minimalist lifestyle. It is important to me as a person that wants to have possessions that I can move with me or take with me if I have a business trip, decide to go backpacking, am visiting friends for the weekend or just want to move from one apartment to the other without needing friends and pizza, as payment for their help in me moving all my stuff.

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I am not a blogger by nature, so my ideas continue to evolve and as this has not really been done, I’m kind of having to create my own approach with it. I started a podcast too, but both my blog and podcast will be in a state of continuous evolution, as I continue to learn on my own journey to living as a minimalist and creating my minimalist style home. I feel really proud about this, as I did not have the courage for a long time and just watched by the sidelines, much like with blogging. It gives me something to look forward to each Saturday and Sunday, so now my mornings on the weekends are packed with blogging and podcasting.

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However, at the same time, I pursued my professional and educational goals, as I believe in life you need a balance between your personal passions or hobbies and your professional career and ambitions. The most recent of them was getting my MS in International Human Resources Management and Organizational Development and a MBA in International Business Development and Entrepreneurship in France. My older sister often teases that she has no idea how I find the time to work, make good grades and travel the world. At age 27, I set off to see the world and spend every moment of my life when I was not as school or work seeing the world. Everyone has a hobby, I choose traveling. I have traveled the world a few times around to visit over 100 countries (some 2 or 3 times each), 500+ cities, hitchhiked, Couchsurfed and tasted all the awesome food the world has to offer. Having a lifetime of experiences to filled my mind with happy memories, when I am old and can no longer go those distances.

So, that’s a little about me. A creative person sharing her creative post-declutter and post-minimalization home decorating ideas on how I maintain my minimalist, organized and decluttered lifestyle post my declutter and minimalization transformation with some ramblings on how you can use coffee grinds to do so many cool things, weekend podcasts and free wallpapers of some of my favorite personal quotes.

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Furniture

The horror and expense of getting furniture can have a new and better ending. Living in a digital age we can get furniture free or at a great price. When I moved into my Manhattan apartment, I spend 10,000 dollars cash in a few hours on just furniture. What a waste!

Once you buy it, you will never see that money again, so here are some tips to not make the same mistake as me -as some studies say people spend on average between 10,000 and 160,000 to furnish their home and work-. 

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1.COMMUNITIES: If you can not afford it don’t your credit card. There are tons groups online and locally that are giving away furniture. I am a member of a few on Facebook, so just Google free furniture or furniture give aways and you can find some awesome options (ex. Freecycle.com or Craigslist.com).

2.FAMILY: Call your parents and grandparents. If they are anything like mine, they have tons of furniture that they never use and you can have for free.

3. CHARITY SHOPS: Brilliant! Most big or international groups have stores setup up just for furniture sales. The American Red Cross is a great example. The furniture is in great quality, the price is almost nothing, you know your money goes to doing a good deed and creating 0% more waste in an already clutter world. 

Art Potluck

An Art Potluck Party is a great and free way to get new art into your home and work spaces. It is also a great opportunity to hang out with your friends or get to know your colleagues over a night or afternoon of good food, laughter, and exchange. The purpose of the game it to get everyone who is attending to bring art from their home(s) or work that they never use, do not like or would like to replace. Then during the party people can see the art that everyone has brought and exchange their pieces until everything they brought has found a new home and they have also gotten some pieces that will add great ambiance, value and a fresh style to their space at home or at work. 

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Here are the rules, feel free to reorganize them to make your Art Potluck Party unique: 

  1. Try to keep the number to about 10 people, because after that it can get crazy.
  2. Define what is art and what it is not, so everyone is clear on what they can bring.
  3. Put a minimum and maximum of pieces for entry. If this is for work, there is no need to set a minimum or maximum, wherever excess you have presents a great opportunity to donate it to a local charity, as mentioned in Podcast 003 | Art. 
  4. Have everyone bring one dish to share, as it is still a potluck and you will need to eat. It is always great to make sure you do not end up with same food 10 times, so asking your guests if they are bringing a salty, sweet or savory helps everyone out. 
  5. You will have to either make or buy some kind of ticket or trading currency for the exchanges. I recommend using something easy or fun like stick pads or stickers. 
  6. Give everyone one ticket (or your currency of choice) for each piece of art they brought to exchange. Each ticket gets them one new piece of art during the exchange. 
  7. Let everyone know that they should definitely start looking for the pieces they want.
  8. As its about the opportunity to share and participate in a kind of shared economy, do not do any negotiating until after sharing your randomly yummy dishes. 
  9. With lunch or dinner done, start the trade, but do not stop the good times or party.
  10. If any pieces are left, offer to take them to your local charity for donation. If people prefer to take their unchosen art pieces home or back to their office that works too.
  11. Remember this is all about having fun, reinventing or repurposing things that you own, but never use (that could add value and happiness to someone else home) and at time to spend some good old quality time with the people you love or work with.