I wish I'd found minimalism sooner.
I was 26 when I first started thinking about decluttering my home and pursing a simpler life. Minimalism was a game changer and I am incredibly grateful for the way it has changed and shaped my life.
Since then, 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 looking back, 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.
Through creating space in my life and my home, I was able to see what I was truly passionate about. All that extra space allowed me to spend time focusing on things that really resonated with me.
And through that, I found who I am.
Minimalism Gives you the freedom to travel
Having fewer things means you can move around easier. If you take minimalism to the extreme, you could 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. Your possessions won't hold you back or weigh you down.
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 , if I'm going to be really honest with myself, 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.
Minimalism Keeps you from getting "stuck"
This goes right along with being able to travel.
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. You know what you want and where you're going. Minimalism gives you the freedom to chase the life you want.
The idea of moving and packing isn't a hinderance. Your dream job opens up across the country? There won't be any physical possessions holding you back.
Minimalism helps you build lasting relationships
When you shift your focus off of things, you're able to see what is really important. Minimalism allows you to focus more on experiences and the people around you.
When you are more present in your life, it has the ability to dramatically affect your 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 helped me improve many of my relationships. I find that I am more present and more intentional about maintaining and building good friendships.
And your friends and family will notice that they have all your attention. And they'll appreciate it.
Minimalism builds a 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.
Even though you may have student loans, not buying things means you'll have more expendable income for experiences and paying down your loans to 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.