Warning: pay attention when your everyday routine goes astray. It’s the little things that pile up and make us feel out of control!

It’s not a good feeling when you can’t find a pen in your bottomless-pit purse in order to to mark down an important number. And, of course, there’s the frustration of digging into your pile of neglected mail to find a late charge added for your viewing pleasure.

Always running around with no time scheduled for food shopping can give you the bachelor’s empty fridge effect. On the other hand, no time scheduled for meals at home can give you the full-fridge-with-expired-and-spoiled-food effect, What a shame!


Let’s shake off some of the stress and start off better tomorrow with some simple changes.

  • Set your alarm for a 10-minute earlier wake up.

  • Make your bed every morning for an instant accomplishment.

  • Take a quick look in your medicine cabinet while brushing your teeth and toss out expired and old products. How’s that for multitasking?

  • During breakfast, decide and plan that night’s dinner. Try to incorporate the food items you have on hand, and if you have to add items, write out a shopping list.

  • Take five minutes in the morning to organize your wallet, bag or look at your daytimer.

Brenda Borenstein is your professional organizing guru. Look for her column every second Tuesday in Metro, in the home fashion section. For more tips and ideas, visit www.organizedzone.comor call 416-665-2165. Brenda has organized hundreds of homes and says, “There is nothing I haven’t seen and nothing that can’t be overcome.”

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