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During your twenties, you may feel lost, with no money and no time to travel. You probably don’t know what you want to do in life. You might feel like you have no goal, no passion or perhaps even no hobby. In short, you think your life sucks. Maybe, but it’s time to change your life around and see how minimalism can help you!
You might be afraid of minimalism because you think that you have to throw all your belongings away. Let me tell you that there are as many minimalism as minimalists. Everyone has its own interpretation of minimalism. For example, I’m not a too radical minimalist with nothing in my home. I like to have clothes (although I have fewer than before), I have a cat with too many toys and I love having many plants in my home.
I started to become minimalist when I was a student. I needed to have more place in my small apartment. So I started to throw away a lot of stuff : clothes, shoes, courses that I will no longer use and so on… But I wasn’t aware of all the advantages of being a minimalist.
When I was curious about minimalism, I started reading The Minimalist Mindset. In this book, the author tell you about his journey of minimalism and how it benefited his life. He has a bit of a strict approach but the book is amazing! It helped me for a lot of aspects in my life.
Minimalism is a journey. It’s a journey because your choices and decisions will represent who you are.
So how minimalism can help you to be more happy during your twenties?
You live with less
When you talk about minimalism, declutter is the first thing in mind. And it’s completely true. The first step of the journey is actually to declutter your home.
Why so? Because decluttering your home also clear your mind and allow you to concentrate on what matters. If you want to know how to declutter your home once and for all, click here!
When I started minimalism, I was a student living in a small apartment. There was only one room but I managed to fit all my stuff in it. With exams approaching, I felt like I couldn’t properly concentrate and study with the mess in the apartment. So during my revisions, I stopped studying for a morning so that I could declutter and clean my apartment. I felt better right away and could finally start working more efficiently.
After 3 years in this apartment I went back to my parents house while I was doing an internship. Before I moved back in, I decluttered yet again and I threw like 6 huge garbage bags. One year later, same thing when I moved in with my boyfriend.
Eventually this year, when I realize that I was in a quarter-life crisis, I really needed to have less stuff so that I could concentrate on what I want to do with my life. So I decided that this declutter will be the last.
It’s when you saw all the stuff that you threw that you realize you didn’t need/like them. That brings us to the second point.
You save money
Declutter is the first thing to do because you start noticing all the stuff that you don’t like or need. You also realize the amount of money that you spent on these things.
When I did it, I was disgusted by all the money thrown away. I worked so hard to earn it and it took me minutes to spend it on a top that looked awful on me.
My mindset has changed. When I go out for shopping, I try all the clothes that I want to buy (I didn’t do it before and I was too lazy to go back to the store to be reimbursed). I also have a list of the stuff that I need (like a bikini for holidays or a top for work). When I buy something, it’s because I really need or like it and I know that I will use it. I stopped going to Starbucks for a moral support that would help me to go through the day. I stopped buying these cheap little tops which will be deformed after washing it once.
I realized that since I became more mindful of what I own, my spendings were a lot lower than before. Like a lot!
I also try to give myself some challenges like : do not spend money on clothes during a month, check all the subscriptions that I have and cancel all that I don’t need and so on… At the end of the month, the amount of savings is really huge!
You know what matters to you
And I insist on the word “you”. It’s not about your friends, boyfriend or your family… Minimalism will help you to know what’s important for YOU. I think that minimalism is to declutter everything that you don’t want or what is not important in your life. So maybe you will stop talking to this friend who calls you everyday to tell you the last news about her relationship. Maybe you will stop saying yes to every request from your family. You will know what’s good for you. Maybe you will break up with you boyfriend because your relationship is not what you want.
You will have new hobbies, or a new passion.
And it’s exactly what I did in my life. I stopped to talk with people who took too much from me with nothing in return. I took the decision to talk to people who brings me joy and happiness. I also stopped some habits that I had before : go shopping every time I feel depressed, having no goals and doing nothing during a week, having no money…
When you will know what is important for you, you will know what you want to do in life. Maybe, what’s important for you is to be married and have many kids, or it is to have a successful career in a big company. Maybe it’s to be your own boss. With minimalism, you will have more time, energy and money to do what you really want to do.
You finally have time for yourself
With all that new time for you, you will think about yourself! Finally!
You will be able to sit down and to think about the big questions : what do you want to do in your life? What are you going to do to get there? What are your goals?
It’s a bit scary said like this but it’s really necessary if you want to change your life in a meaningful way.
I like to take this time for myself, for reminding me of my goals, adjusting them if necessary and moving forward on my projects.
Because you know what’s important for you, you will quit some habits that you have and you will have time to do what you really like.
For me, minimalism means more time and money for travelling. I think that for a lot of us, traveling is one of the most important thing in our life. But it’s expensive and time consuming, both aspects which could be alleviated thanks to minimalism!