Because this stuff is important for you, and my birthday is coming up in two weeks, we wanted to share with you these important 25 life skills you should master by the time you hit 25.
Life skills and personal development are very important, to be able to function on your own in this world. Even though you still live with your parents or just moved away, but still rely on their help while you take your first steps in the world, as a young adult, think that they will not be here forever.
You need to learn the basics, so you can pass them on, someday, when you will have children of your own. Or, if you don’t want any kids but still have nieces and nephews, it’s nice to be that cool aunt or uncle they can look up to and learn stuff from.
We have put together a list of the most important things you need to know as a young adult, and we speak from our experience and others like us.
25 important life skills you need to learn by your 25th birthday:
1. Cooking… anything! (but not everything!)
Hey, I’m not saying you should turn yourself into a professional chef ( unless you want to, of course). You need to learn to cook for yourself, more than eggs and french fries. It’s a basic skill anyone should know, especially as a young adult.
Why? Simple. It saves you money, because eating out every day is expensive, and it’s a lot healthier. Making your own meals is how you know exactly what you have in your food.
2. Cleaning & housekeeping
Nobody wants to live in dirt. No one likes it. When you were growing up you had your mother there to clean and cook and organize the house for you. Now, those days are over. You’re an adult, so you must do that for yourself.
You don’t want to call your mother everytime your house needs cleaning and organizing, or your clothes need washing, do you?
It’s simple, really. From DIYing your own cleaning products, to creating your list of essentials, learning how to properly use your washing machine is your next step. I know it’s big and scary, but it comes with a book, and I know that might scare you too, but reading a book doesn’t kill you.
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3. Simple sewing
I know that we live in a time when ripped clothing and trashed jeans create the normal look for young people now, but you still need the ability to hand sew.
Threading a needle and doing a stitch is something anyone should know, in case a whole appears in something you still need. Like socks or underwear.
When you’re young, you’re low on cash, so you can’t afford to throw away every clothing item that goes bad. Doing a little stitch here and there keeps your clothes, okay and your wallet intact.
4. Basic home repairs
Of course, I’m referring here to the little things. Changing a lightbulb, repairing a clogged toilet or sink, should be something everyone is capable of. Learn how to use tools like screwdrivers, just in case you ever need it.
Other useful skills include painting your house or even some tasks a little complicated like fixing your shower. There are places where you can find courses for those sort of things, for very little money, or you can even learn them for free if you know someone that does that.
5. Smart shopping
A nice and wallet friendly skill is the one regarding shopping. It doesn’t matter if it’s shoes, clothing, accessories, or especially food. You need to learn how to shop for less money, how to save money while shopping and how to create shopping lists.
I am a very strong believer in the idea of “what is old for you, is new to me”, that’s why I prefer saving my money and buying most of my clothes and some accessories from thrift stores. Or to DIY them, If I can.
6. Organizing your time
The biggest problem we face, as young adults, is time management. When we were in school, we had a schedule, we knew what we had to do in every hour, and after school, we also had a schedule for homework, projects, and housework helping moms.
Now, we feel like the animals, finally set free from our cages, even though we were never closed anywhere. That’s the main reason we tend to go crazy and waste our precious time, and often procrastinate.
The valuable skill every young adult needs to learn is how to organize time, especially if you are a freelancer or an artist that works for herself/himself. Create a schedule for your week, plan ahead, and set alarms for every task.
This is one of the most important issues with the world today. With all those emojis and abbreviations happening in our world, no one is using proper grammar anymore!
You need to be able to speak and write correctly. There are books and courses you can take for that, but, lately, I found something better. Did you know there’s an app that helps you write correctly? And it’s called Grammarly.
I personally love it and have used it for a few months now!
“The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.” – Qui-Gon-Jinn, Star Wars – Episode I, The Phantom Menace
Another great quote from Star Wars that we can apply in real life. You need to learn how to communicate, not only talk. You have to be able to express your feelings, to share valuable information and to know what to say and when to say it.