Washington organizer says you need to know the ’30-day rule’
According to a local home organizer in Washington state, organizing your home and setting regular goals can save you time and money.
SEATTLE — Washington-based professional home organizer and author Elisa Hawkinson wants homeowners to ask themselves one question: Is your home in 30-day marketable state?
If the answer is no, Hawkinson says you need to do some work and it could take months.
Hawkinson is the founder of How2GetOrganized and the author of Calming Your Chaos.
According to Hawkinson, the 30-day rule is important because “life happens”. After marriage, death, or illness, you may need to list your home and list it quickly.
In his own experience as his brother’s enforcer, Hawkinson discovered hoarding that had been in place for over 40 years.
“It took 21 days and 245 labor hours to clean that house,” Hawkinson said.
If you’re trying to organize your furniture, Hawkinson says you can start by setting up some organizing areas in your home or garage. One of those sections should be for donations.
“Choose a thrift store with a mission that fits your heart,” says Hawkinson. “Then you’re more likely to let go of things that are put on a shelf and sold to help the mission grow.”
There will be room to keep the things you use and also some special stuff that makes sense.
If you’re on the move, Hawkinson says it’s a good idea to know the size of your next home and keep that in mind when downsizing is underway.
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