When we moved South, from the Midwest, two summers ago, we bought a home with a "bonus room." Apparently this is a regional distinction. New home builders add an additional "bonus room" that homeowners can convert into a home office, exercise room, play room, family room etc.
Since our home already had 5 bedrooms, a Great Room, and Living Room, we converted our bonus room into our junk room. My husband called it the room "where furniture goes to die." We placed an old couch, chairs, table lamps, art work (daughter #2 is a Fine Arts Major), our children's old toy shelf, and myriad boxes of stuff. All stuff we couldn't throw away, or stuff we're saving when younger daughter moves into her college apt. next fall.
Trouble is, now we've decided we'd like to actually use the bonus room. We have a desk we can move into it so that my husband could create his home office there. But there's no room to create office space until we relocate stuff.
For some time now I've been mentally rearranging things and deciding what we can safely put in the attic without damage. Then yesterday I came up with a brilliant idea. It all hinged on one thing, hence, the "hinge" factor.
If we purchase another $29.00 5-shelf bookshelf at Target, like the one we have now in our family/media room, we can move the boxes of photo albums and DVDs out of the bonus room and onto the shelves. From there we can put the rocker and cane chair in the attic, along with a couple of lamps. Then we can consolidate all of my daughter's artwork and put it in HER room.
That leaves in the Bonus room the couch, floor lamp, and empty toy shelf (can be used for office supplies/books). Now we have room for the desk and chair.
Maybe the "hinge factor" is that point of focus that gets us moving and starts the ball rolling when we face an overwhelming task. We've all had the experience of organizing one small area, like the top of a desk, or a drawer, and feeling so good so that we move onto the next area to organize. Progress in one area begets progress in another, like success building on previous success.
Now I wonder what would happen if I could define the hinge factor in other areas of my life where I get bogged down, or hesitate, or have a learning curve. How about you? Has focusing on one area, i.e. a hinge factor, worked for you?
Time for me to put the hinge factor into play. It's off to Target I go . . .