While I will always wish that I had found minimalism sooner, I am incredibly grateful that it came into my life when it did. I was 26 when I first started entertaining the thoughts of decluttering and pursing a simpler life. Over the years, I have seen such incredible benefits of changing my lifestyle, I can only imagine how much better off I would be now if I had found minimalism in my early 20s.
There is no wrong time to start making changes in your life. It’s never too late to do things differently. But there are so many benefits to embracing a simpler life earlier on.
Minimalism allows you the space to find yourself
Let’s be for real here. Your 20s can be really hard to navigate. Fresh out of college, entering the working world, going out on your own, dating, and trying to figure out who the heck you are.
For most of my 20s, I had no idea who I was or even who I might like to be. It wasn’t until the last 6 months that I’ve really had a firm grasp on who I am. And I owe all that to minimalism.
I go more into detail about how minimalism helped me find myself here. But basically, through creating space in my life and my home, I was able to see what things I was truly passionate about. I was able to spend time focusing on things that really resonated with me. And through that, I found who I am.
Gives you the freedom to travel
Having fewer things means you can move around easier. Even live out of your car if you wanted to. Living with less means you’ll be more comfortable living out of a suitcase, and a small one.
And really, the best time to see the world is now. I wish I had done more (well, any) traveling in my 20s. Once I got a full-time job and a mortgage and pets… It just wasn’t practical anymore to take off and travel. But in reality, the real reason I missed out on the traveling was because I couldn’t afford it because I was too busy accumulating stuff I didn’t need.
Keeps you from getting “stuck”
Because you have fewer things, and you’ve taken the time to find yourself, you can pick up and move at the drop of a hat. The idea of moving and packing isn’t a hinderance. Your dream job opens up across the country? There won’t be physical possessions holding you back.
Helps in building lasting and healthy relationships
Because your focus isn’t on things, it will be on experiences and the people around you. Minimalism helps you be more present in your life, which is extremely beneficial for building relationships.
A big part of minimalism is learning to live life intentionally. It really helps you to put what’s most important to you front and center in your life. And for many of us, the thing that is most important is our relationships with family and friends.
Minimalism has been a game-changer in my relationships. I find that I am more present and more intentional about maintaining and building good friendships.
Keeps you out of debt, foundation for financial freedom
If you’re not working hard to spend and buy all of the things, you’ll be less likely to accrue the credit card debt that many of us do in our 20s. While you may have student loans, not buying things means you’ll have more expendable income for experiences and *paying down your loans* and get out of debt. I wish I’d done that in my early 20s.
Knowing that I could have been debt free by now is so frustrating. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to stop buying things and pay on my loans instead.
And remember, it’s never too late to change your life. I want to help you make the transition into minimalism as easy and straight-forward as possible. So I’ve put together the 30 Days to Minimalism FREE email course. Once you sign up, you’ll receive a series over emails over the next 30 days guiding you step by step through the decluttering process.