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4 Organizing Essentials for a Healthy Rhythm

organizing essentials

You may know where your planner personality falls on the organizational scale, but what do you do with that information to help you understand organizing essentials?

We like to connect organization to planners and neat storage systems and the concept of everything being spic and span and in its place. But, while those things can reflect organization, they are not the definition of organization. Instead, organization is a state of health. It is an attitude of being ahead of the curve rather than constantly in a state of urgency. As such, it’s important to note that organization will look very different for each person.

In fact, every personality probably needs to make some tweaks in their organizational structure! For instance, a Type-A individual might need to learn to adopt a more relaxed system of organization that includes spontaneity and rest while the go-with-the-flow free spirit will need to learn some structure. But, there are some organizing essentials that work for every personality type.

Healthy Organization

Whether you need to back off from being a perfectionist or need to find a way to introduce a little more structure into your life, here are some organizing essentials to help you find a healthy organizational balance.

Organizing Essentials: A Chore System

Being healthy in organization does not mean you will have a spotless home. (In fact, I would argue that a spotless home might indicate a lack of health in relational and mental areas of life.) Instead, it means that you have a system for controlling your chaos. If the bathroom isn’t clean on Friday, it’s because you know that it’s regularly cleaned on Tuesdays. So, it’s okay today because you’re going to get there.

This why a good chore system is one of our organizing essentials. The simple act of having a system in place and keeping to it as regularly as possible can go a long way toward creating a peaceful, healthy home.

Organizing Essentials: A Calendar

The next in our list of organizing essentials is critical for keeping everyone in the family on the same page! Not everyone loves planning, and that’s okay. But, no family should be without a calendar of some sort.

Even if you think you can hold it all in your head or that you prefer to be spontaneous, it’s important to remember that you’re not the only person in the family. That’s not an accusation of self-centeredness but a reminder that everything runs more smoothly when the whole family is on board.

By having a calendar visible for the whole family to see and contribute to, you’re not responsible to keep it all in your head. Nor do conflicts arise because you aren’t aware of something that’s stuck in another family member’s head.

Organizing Essentials: Request for Help

It can be so difficult for those with an organized planner personality to understand how the rest of the family doesn’t see the chaos! It feels like they’re just being lazy. But, in truth, someone who is not inclined toward organization views the world very differently. They prioritize differently. And they don’t really understand the source of your frustration.

This is why asking for help is such an important part of our organizing essentials toolbox. Before your frustration boils over into anger, take a deep breath and speak up. A quick request of, “Hey, can everyone help me spend 15 minutes tidying the living room/dining room/kitchen area this afternoon?” goes a long way toward helping your less organized family members tangibly see how they can help you — without it ever turning into a fight!

Organizing Essentials: Regular Rest

It’s easy to think that rest is something you do when everything else gets done. Guess what? Everything else will never be done. You will never “deserve” rest. Rest is, instead, a choice to take care of yourself and your family physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. And yes, it’s an absolutely critical addition to our organizing essentials toolbox.

If you’re naturally highly organized, rest times remind you to stop, play, and prioritize relationships. If organization is not naturally important to you, established rest times help provide the motivation you and your family need to go ahead and get done the things that need to get done so you can play and rest together.  

What are your organizational preferences? How does that fit with the rest of your planner personality? Take our Planner Personality Quiz to find out! 

With five kids in their teen and early adult years, Rebecca shares the many ups and downs of parenting, homeschooling, and keeping it all together. As the Well Planned Gal she mentors women towards the goal of discovering the uniqueness Christ has created in them and their family and how to best organize and plan for the journey they will travel.

  • M Shad

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    July 10, 2022 at 10:02 am Reply
    • Rashanda B.

      I love a great notebook/planner to keep me oragnized especially with homeschooling 4 children and keeping up with daily household tasks. In addition to that, the tips offered can be helpful. I will definitely be incorporating some of them in my daily routine. I love the idea of planning rest also.

      July 20, 2022 at 12:38 am Reply
      • Hailey Fitzgerald

        We definitely need a chore system! I am the planner and my husband is spontaneous, it’s been difficult meeting in the middle.

        August 17, 2022 at 1:19 pm Reply
    • Crystal Schuchard

      Organization is my worst quality and I am definitely praying for guidance. Which quiz was most helpful for you?

      July 25, 2022 at 10:32 pm Reply
  • Jessica Ridley

    With home schooling 4 kids organization is so important! Your products and helpful advice so wonderful! Thank you!

    July 11, 2022 at 8:05 am Reply
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    July 11, 2022 at 5:36 pm Reply
  • Samantha Sallee

    My husband and I depend on our calendar to function in life. With out it we would forget everything or over plan. There are some good tips in here!

    July 11, 2022 at 9:47 pm Reply
    • Aleca Carpenter

      Great ideas. Will help in Homeschooling my 2 children. Thanks!

      July 28, 2022 at 4:26 pm Reply
  • Britney Partain

    I love the idea of planning rest. So often I feel my schedule needs to be full, but planning rest does so much for my mental health!

    July 11, 2022 at 10:18 pm Reply
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    Great info here! Have a few blogs of your I need to read for help! Thank you!

    July 11, 2022 at 10:49 pm Reply
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    It sounds easier than it actually is.

    July 13, 2022 at 4:13 am Reply
    • Julia Belanger

      I will be starting my homeschooling journey in about 2 weeks with my preschooler. I hope to learn a lot from your blog to help on my journey!

      August 19, 2022 at 10:15 pm Reply
  • Becca June

    It’s so hard to make sure I get enough rest with a LO who is still breastfeeding and co-sleeping. But I’m thankful for resources like this to try to help get myself on track! Thank you!

    July 13, 2022 at 8:59 am Reply
  • Ashley Schoen

    I am so excited to use the planner! I am very analogue with organization and HAVE to write things down or else I’m all over the place. Homeschooling a Kindergartener and 3rd grader this year, I will need all the help I can get!

    July 14, 2022 at 8:53 pm Reply
  • Ashley Cochran

    These are great tips and definitely a good reminder.

    July 14, 2022 at 10:51 pm Reply
  • Misty Longenecker

    This is amazing, so excited

    July 15, 2022 at 1:15 am Reply
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      August 25, 2022 at 1:02 pm Reply
  • Allie P

    Regular rest…yes, regular rest. Sometimes difficult to schedule.

    July 15, 2022 at 9:42 pm Reply
  • Clarissa Diedrich

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    July 17, 2022 at 2:45 am Reply
  • Malyssa Chestnut

    This was very helpful and I love the section about keeping a calendar. I’ve tried going without and you know what happens? I ALWAYS forget something.

    July 17, 2022 at 10:33 am Reply
  • Adrienne

    Those are all things I’m thinking about as i set up our school year. Its helpful to have them in one list!

    July 17, 2022 at 5:13 pm Reply
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    July 18, 2022 at 2:33 pm Reply
  • Ashley Blank

    The one thing I have not been good about and plan to improve on this next year is having a chore schedule in place!

    July 18, 2022 at 2:49 pm Reply
  • Mary Gentry

    My youngest will be in middle school this year and my planning skills need some revamping. I am so glad I happened upon this website.

    July 18, 2022 at 10:07 pm Reply
  • Whitney 1658236286

    Thank for sharing, this is great idea and tips for everyone, I really appreciate it

    July 19, 2022 at 8:16 am Reply
    • TG

      Thank you! I don’t fold towels anymore. The kids split them and put them away along with their own clothes.

      August 22, 2022 at 7:56 am Reply
  • Erin Meck

    This sure seems like something I would need for homeschooling I’m not very good organizer when it comes to homeschooling or much of anything. I would love to see if this would help me

    July 19, 2022 at 8:52 pm Reply
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    July 20, 2022 at 5:39 pm Reply
  • Lorin Shaffer

    This was very helpful. Having 7 kids ranging from 13 down to 5, it would help to plan out our week with a planner.

    July 21, 2022 at 7:25 am Reply
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    Really excited to try out this planner. First time homeschooler this year with 2 young children and 1 high schooler. About to take the planner quiz.

    July 21, 2022 at 11:43 am Reply
  • Vanessa Robles

    Newbie to homeschooling. I have a preschooler and a 10 month old baby so I am a little nervous on getting started. But reading all the tips on staying organized and the tools you offer help me feel a little more confident in starting.

    July 21, 2022 at 4:06 pm Reply
  • Sarah Cook

    I’m really enjoying the content here and I appreciate the insight from this blog on organizing. It is something I struggle with.

    July 21, 2022 at 9:04 pm Reply
  • Marisa Davis

    Love these thoughts. Very helpful as a new homeschooling mom.

    July 23, 2022 at 3:00 pm Reply
  • Megan Tammaro

    Really excited about the quiz (I LOVEEEE a good personality assessment!!!)! I’d classify myself as a hybrid homeschooler/unschooler and, while previously I would have assumed unschoolers typically fly by the seat of their pants (and, we do sometimes), for me personally, I’ve realized how important organization is—maybe even more so when we are leaning into unschooling.

    July 24, 2022 at 9:11 am Reply
    • Ann Hibbard

      So excited that you’re discovering this, Megan! You’re very much on the right track. In my experience with unschoolers, the most successful ones have been those who’ve made this very discovery about organization and record-keeping. Even if they don’t do a whole lot of planning, they recognize the need to keep certain resources on hand, have a framework that their education process fits into, and have a way to keep a record of what they’ve done. Makes all the difference!

      July 25, 2022 at 10:41 am Reply
  • Esther Averill

    Interesting! I’m a “motivated planner” though I often get overwhelmed in chaos.

    July 24, 2022 at 3:48 pm Reply
  • Sarah Gano

    This website is extremely helpful. Thank you

    July 24, 2022 at 8:31 pm Reply
  • Ms. Amy Bass Chen

    Thank you!

    July 24, 2022 at 9:38 pm Reply
  • Christie L

    A chore system for my young kiddos is definitely what I’m lacking. Looking forward to implementing and holding them accountable!

    July 25, 2022 at 1:21 am Reply
  • Yarelis Dwyer

    Great information! Thank you

    July 25, 2022 at 10:20 pm Reply
  • Nicole Acosta

    I need a good planner to get organized for this coming homeschool year.

    July 25, 2022 at 10:24 pm Reply
  • Maria Christina De Leon

    Thank you so much for sharing all this wonderful info. It is so appreciated!

    July 26, 2022 at 12:54 am Reply
  • Kay Daniels

    I love all of the helpful organizing tools.

    July 26, 2022 at 9:00 pm Reply
  • Catherine Haslebacher

    I would have to agree. I did pre-k with my oldest last year. I wanted to call it kindergarten and get her reading strong but we weren’t stable enough. It was more like when I wanted to do it, we did it. We had a lot going on- moving, a new baby, a puppy…she was only 5…but I wanted to be on top of things and organized.

    July 27, 2022 at 1:01 am Reply
    • Ann Hibbard

      Fortunately, there is so much learning flexibility at that age, and just giving your daughter an introduction to reading concepts is definitely great progress. No shame there, my friend, especially with all of the “new” you had last year.

      July 27, 2022 at 10:24 am Reply
  • Anna Evangelous

    Thank you for hosting the planner giveaway!

    July 27, 2022 at 7:45 pm Reply
  • Rayna Bowen

    I’ll definitely be trying out the quiz want to get into planning.

    July 28, 2022 at 8:55 pm Reply
  • Jamie Smith

    I’ve got to get better at implementing a healthy rhythm! I have 3 kiddos with #4 on the way this fall. I’m excited to try these new ideas!

    July 28, 2022 at 10:46 pm Reply
  • Holly Bilyeu

    “Order brings peace,” Augustine.

    July 29, 2022 at 9:49 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Sych

    Thank you for takin your time to help all of us others with journeying through the homeschool world, I’m new to homeschooling. This will be our first year and I’m so blessed to have found your group on Facebook

    July 30, 2022 at 1:19 pm Reply
  • Michelle1659298530

    I am considering home schooling for my grandsons.

    July 31, 2022 at 3:18 pm Reply
  • Teala marie

    I’m so excited that I’ve come across this site. Lots of very interesting topics to read on and think about.

    July 31, 2022 at 9:03 pm Reply
  • Leah

    My family thrives on a daily plan/monthly calendar! Each day I’ll list out our to do for the day and my kids help check things off. I love being organized, it’s how I function best!

    August 1, 2022 at 12:31 am Reply
  • Shenna Morris

    I am horrible as being organized when it comes to homeschooling. Something I need to get better at.

    August 1, 2022 at 5:16 pm Reply
  • Katie Ploss

    I’m very curious to see where I will fall on this quiz. I love to be organized but really struggle with it at times and this may be just what i need! Thank you!

    August 1, 2022 at 9:24 pm Reply
  • Jessica Shumaker

    As a new homeschooler I am very excited to try the products. We live through planners

    August 2, 2022 at 5:35 am Reply
  • Jennifer riddle

    Homeschool mom of 5– been homeschooling for 5 years but this is still so helpful!

    August 2, 2022 at 7:07 pm Reply
  • Hannah Adkins

    I never feel as though my work is done. I never feel as though I can rest. But it is so important in order for me to be the best mom I can be.

    August 2, 2022 at 7:45 pm Reply
  • Heather Turner

    This should prove real interesting as to what my personality type is

    August 2, 2022 at 9:31 pm Reply
  • Misti

    Organization is my thing!! This website is like candy for me

    August 3, 2022 at 7:30 pm Reply
  • Alya azemi

    I love organizing! These tips really ease my way into organizing my kids homeschool schedule

    August 3, 2022 at 8:58 pm Reply
  • Brandi Romero

    Amazing blog with great ideas and tips that will definitely help me plan a more organized year for my sons’ 9th grade year of homeschool.

    August 3, 2022 at 9:31 pm Reply
  • Carly Lastie

    These are greatttt tips! Thank you so much for posting this!

    August 4, 2022 at 1:42 pm Reply
  • Autumn1659654707

    Great info!!!

    August 4, 2022 at 6:15 pm Reply
  • Sadie

    These are great suggestions!

    August 5, 2022 at 6:03 am Reply
  • Heather McDonald

    Organization has been my greatest down fall. I feel like I come up with a plan but then don’t stick to it. This was some really good info!

    August 5, 2022 at 9:02 pm Reply
  • Steph F

    Interesting! I took the quiz.

    August 5, 2022 at 10:33 pm Reply
  • Heather Mobley

    It will be interesting to see what the quiz says. I will try later as it keeps freezing on me. But finding that good balance for everyone, every season is a good thing to do.

    August 6, 2022 at 7:38 pm Reply
  • Michelle Cuadra

    These are all such great suggestions! I’m such an organization nut, so bring my twins home was exciting but also nerve wracking as I was wanting to make sure they not only got caught up because they were so behind but also thrived in a well organized learning environment.

    August 6, 2022 at 9:12 pm Reply
  • Dawn Geno

    I need to do better with chore charts, for sure. Thanks for the reminder!

    August 6, 2022 at 10:15 pm Reply
  • Lillian Steadman

    A calendar would really help me because I’m a visual person.

    August 7, 2022 at 10:36 am Reply
  • Amanda Kellison

    All great suggestions

    August 7, 2022 at 10:40 am Reply
  • Lori Ward

    Definitely needed the reminder about rest & never thought of actually scheduling rest. So smart!

    August 8, 2022 at 10:14 am Reply
  • Lindsay Wise

    We use a calendar with colored pens. Each color represents a specific genre that way it’s easy to tell what we have. BINS galore. we purchase dollar store bins and organize everything that way. We have a family calendar where I try to use the exact same color as the paper calendar for the events.

    August 8, 2022 at 4:06 pm Reply
  • Becky Coyne

    I often have problems with planning. We are self-employed and travel often and unplanned. Thank you for all the guidance!

    August 9, 2022 at 6:45 pm Reply
  • Brielle Benton

    Just found this site and am already obsessed with it can’t wait to dine in deeper in all of the groups/pages

    August 10, 2022 at 8:22 am Reply
  • Sara Johnson

    Organization is definitely not my strong suit.

    August 10, 2022 at 3:30 pm Reply
  • Sarah Johnson

    I need to work on the Resting category!

    August 10, 2022 at 8:30 pm Reply
  • Amanda Soto

    I love having a planner to organize my week/month. It’s so essential to productive families to be well organized and to reach it to the kiddos as well! Love these!

    August 11, 2022 at 9:00 am Reply
  • Kelli Newlan

    I find this very helpful. I’m in a season of needing structure and organization. Without it, the anxiety I feel is unmanageable! So I appreciate all the tips and tricks of organizing.

    August 11, 2022 at 10:58 pm Reply
    • RyeLee M Lang

      I agree! She’s got amazing tips!!!!

      August 13, 2022 at 2:38 am Reply
  • Jamie Gomez

    Really looking forward to trying this style for our homeschooling this year. Last year felt so disorganized. It looks simple, fun, to the point and SO helpful! Thanks for all these tips!

    August 13, 2022 at 5:49 pm Reply
  • Rachel Huff

    Thank you for sharing and the info. I can’t wait to homeschool and hopefully try out one of your planners. I am a first time homeschooler, due to my son’s personal needs and focus. Hoping this will all make it go smoothly

    August 14, 2022 at 7:56 am Reply
  • Nicole Zentiska

    This speaks to me on so many levels. Organization has always been a passion of mine and being able to bring it into my son’s life has been fun to watch

    August 14, 2022 at 4:41 pm Reply
  • April Jones

    Such great tips! Thank you!

    August 15, 2022 at 6:23 am Reply
  • Megan H

    I like to think that I’m an organized person but lately things have become pretty chaotic. Time to get back to organization! Thanks for this post!

    August 15, 2022 at 3:59 pm Reply
  • Wendy L

    I finally found a chore chart that works great for our family….just need to start using it again haha!

    August 15, 2022 at 6:02 pm Reply
  • Amber Plaster

    As a new homeschooling mom, I’ve been on the hunt for ways to create the smoothest day possible despite the rollercoaster days. So excited to discover and learn along with my children how to create a flow that is structured but also flexible with the spontaneity of life opportunities.

    August 17, 2022 at 11:38 am Reply
  • Jamie Baumgardner

    Great tips, thank you for sharing, I love filling out my planner.

    August 17, 2022 at 5:02 pm Reply
  • Heather Harper

    Great information! Thank you for sharing!

    August 17, 2022 at 5:59 pm Reply
  • Sara DeJournett

    Definitely going to do some digging around here. Organization is my downfall and my autistic son needs better routine.

    August 17, 2022 at 8:10 pm Reply
  • Tatum Poticher

    Organization is one of my flaws! I need a good book to help me stay on track

    August 18, 2022 at 2:28 pm Reply
  • Amy Montes

    Thanks for all the helpful information!

    August 18, 2022 at 5:52 pm Reply
  • Allison Hull

    I need to stay on top of the organization with 6 children! Planning is key!

    August 18, 2022 at 9:35 pm Reply
  • Cassie Anderson

    I try to stay organized and have tried so many methods and planners and they always fall to the wayside. We have a towing business and life is chaotic at best and difficult to plan

    August 19, 2022 at 8:35 am Reply
  • Patricia

    This is so helpful

    August 20, 2022 at 9:39 pm Reply
  • Mindy S.

    It’s easy to think you can wing it because you’ve been a multitasking mama for years right? It’s so much harder when the rollercoaster of life throws in those loop-d-loops! I love the idea of the chore task schedulers, I’ve done this for my kids, why haven’t I done it for me? I’m also really here to say that asking for help goes such a long way…for my family asking gives them the opportunity to help me because otherwise they just think “oh she’s got it and would rather it be done her way” and don’t offer to help so I get annoyed. What a crazy way to live and I’ve been doing it for years without even realizing it. None of us mean any harm but it’s amazing what a simple ask can do for the betterment of a family bond even!

    August 21, 2022 at 10:06 pm Reply
  • Cynthia Watkins

    I’m a wannabe perfectionist. I want things to be perfect, but since I don’t know where to start, I don’t start at all!

    August 22, 2022 at 11:35 pm Reply
    • Ann Hibbard

      I so very much identify with this!!!!

      August 23, 2022 at 10:23 am Reply
  • Beverly Street

    Oh my GOODNESS, do I need to get more organized! I homeschool 3, unschool 1, babysit, am a homemaker, and I feel like I am juggling a billion tasks at once in my brain!

    August 23, 2022 at 4:22 pm Reply
  • Peyton McDaniel

    A good chore system can make all the difference!

    August 23, 2022 at 5:41 pm Reply
  • Ireon Jones

    Great article definitely gave me some tips!

    August 23, 2022 at 7:34 pm Reply
  • Alysha Pozik

    Being fairly new to homeschooling, resources like this that are not only easy to use and effective, but are also visually appealing, help immensely!!

    August 24, 2022 at 8:30 am Reply
  • Patricia Marinaro

    Yes organizing and planning are definitely my downfall! These are great tips as I generally am a go with the flow procrastinator who then gets super overwhelmed!!! Love this!

    August 24, 2022 at 6:22 pm Reply
  • Kate Milavickas

    This is so helpful!

    August 24, 2022 at 9:48 pm Reply
  • Paige Brown-May

    I absolutely love how this was articulated. My husband is Type A and I’m quite opposite! There were some good suggestions we already use but some others that we might adopt to help set us in the right direction.

    August 25, 2022 at 9:46 am Reply
  • Melanie Harding

    Just getting started and I feel so lost. These tips are a life saver right now.

    August 25, 2022 at 10:11 am Reply
  • Michelle Torres

    I love the quickness of the quiz! It really helped me see what I am like organizational wise as well as it made me think of my family’s style. I also love that it’s ok to schedule in rest!!! That new my mind. I was brought up thinking that rest= lazy.

    August 25, 2022 at 10:47 am Reply
  • Maria luisa Chaucer

    Interesting!!! My first year homeschooling

    August 25, 2022 at 6:30 pm Reply
  • Angelica Tapiero

    I love the resources and products offered here. They are essential for homeschooling!

    August 28, 2022 at 7:24 am Reply
  • Sara Manzano

    Third year homeschooling

    August 28, 2022 at 10:01 am Reply
  • Krista M Gates

    I need to take the quiz

    August 28, 2022 at 8:43 pm Reply
  • Karen Walsh

    As someone with chronic fatigue I have difficulty getting all my chores done and staying on task. I appreciate good tips and helpful info.

    August 29, 2022 at 12:40 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth An

    I feel like I’m that person who keeps it all in her head and is spontaneous with tasks but I always find myself stressing and having anxiety about it because there’s always that one or two things I forget to get done. I really need pointers on how to manage daily tasks better. I’m excited to try out your planners!

    August 29, 2022 at 6:21 pm Reply

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