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3 Reasons You Need to Be Organized...Whether You Like It Or Not

Leah Courtney
When you read the title of this post, you probably had one of two responses. Some of you silently gave an, "Amen!" You love to be organized and want the world to be organized along with you. Some of you shuddered. You might have even humpphd and thought, "I don't need to be organized. I'm a flexible, fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants gal."

If you happen to fall into the second category I'm going to tell you something you may find disagreeable: You need to be organized...whether you like it or not.

Now, I'll agree that you don't necessarily need the level of organization that some of us- perhaps me- are obsessed with. But there are some important reasons why you do need to be organized in a form that works best for you.

Why you need an organized homeschool
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Organization keeps you from becoming overwhelmed.

There is a definite link between lack of organization and depression. It's not necessarily a cause and effect, but it is a cycle. Having no organization in your home, schedule, or homeschool can lead to overwhelm. That overwhelm can lead, not to motivation to actually get organized, but to a helpless and depressed feeling. And when you're feeling helpless and depressed, you lack the motivation to get moving and establish some organization in your life.

Choosing to have an organizational system that works for you can help to prevent this cycle. It's much easier to follow through with a system you already have in place than to dig yourself out of an unorganized mess. Life can get very overwhelming, and being a homeschooling mom definitely is a busy, hectic job at times, but being organized can help you to feel less overwhelmed.

Organization helps your home life flow more smoothly.

Do you often find yourself frustrated with the kids, your spouse, and yourself? Maybe the reason is a lack of organization. I can personally think of many times when I've found myself short and snappy with my family members, only to realize that the fault was really mine because my own lack of organization was the source of the frustration and overwhelm.

Once upon a time I fell into the trap of not making homeschool lesson plans until Monday morning. This meant that the start to our week was scattered and chaotic. The kids took full advantage of my lack of preparation and went crazy on Monday mornings. After I finally got myself together it was difficult to get them refocused on school. I would end up frustrated and snappy with them. But, in truth, the fault lay with me and my lack of organization.

Any time we, as moms, are scrambling because of a lack of planning and organization, chaos is liable to ensue. Being organized, having a plan, can help us to keep things calm and running smoothly- at least as calm as can be expected with children.

Organization holds you accountable.

Have you ever finished a week and wondered what you actually accomplished that week? Me too. Usually it's because I didn't have a plan when the week began. Having a plan, being organized provides some accountability which is a nudge to actually accomplish something.

When you have a schedule or a to do list, you're much more likely to actually accomplish something. If you have no plan, no schedule for your week, it's easy to breeze through without actually accomplishing anything. And then you'll find yourself at the end of the week scratching your head and wondering what you actually accomplished.

Why you need an organized homeschool

And so, my friend, even if the very word "organization" ruffles your feathers, you need to be organized. You need to have your ducks- if not in a row- at least in a group. You need a system that works for you.

Are you a natural organizer or do you struggle to be organized?

Having trouble getting organized in your homeschool? I now offer homeschool coaching services that can help you set up your homeschool or just help you focus if you're struggling with a particular part of homeschooling.


Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. She’s graduated two teens- one who’s a legal adult now! And she’s still homeschooling two middle schoolers. She loves all things book related, and in her- very rare- free time you can find her listening to audiobooks and coloring.


  1. Hi Leah, thank you this challenge! I am not naturally organized he he but motherhood has got me on track, and homeschooling even more so. I find it helps to try to simplify my days and my systems...

    1. It definitely helps to simplify things!

  2. I am pretty organized and I agree with your three reasons. So you convinced me. Being organized does save time and make life easier.

  3. Oh this is so true!! We moved into a new house four months ago and although I've basically got things organized, there is still so much more to do! I know being organized will help us all run more smoothly and feel better.

    1. It is sometimes difficult to get started, but it is so worth it!

  4. I totally agree! I love organizing and am a pretty organized person. But when things start to fall apart around here; schedule, house, whatever, chaos ensues internally and externally! Thanks for sharing! I hope others start out on this journey too. The inner peace I've found through staying organized is wonderful!

    1. Often when I'm finding myself frustrated, it's because I've let things slip and am not as organized as I need to be. :-)

  5. Totally agree! When I started homeschooling my son I didn't need much of a schedule, I knew what we needed to cover and I didn't get that overwhelmed even though I had two younger children but not very far into the future I started getting overwhelmed when I woke up the same time as my kids and didn't know what we were doing for food or for school! I knew I needed to get organized "whether I liked it or not!" I am not naturally organized so I asked God to help me so that I wouldn't always been in survival mode, and he truly has! Now that I have 6 kids (3 school aged) , I have to be organized(yet flexible) so I am not going crazy! I know that it's when I am not putting effort into getting somewhat organized and planning our school that I get overwhelmed. Orginization takes some time but it's so worth it. Even if it doesn't come to you naturally you can do it. Thanks for this inspiring post!

    1. It's so true, Rebekah, that even if you aren't naturally organized, God can help you to organize yourself so that your family and homeschool can run more smoothly!

  6. Thanks for the great resource suggestions!


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