Creating Harmony and Balance: Relationship Rules and Daily Organization

Picture of Written by Tina & Michael LeBlanc

Written by Tina & Michael LeBlanc

Having clear relationship rules and organizing your daily lives is a practical and crucial step towards a fulfilling and harmonious partnership. By acknowledging that life can get messy and unpredictable, you and your partner can work together to establish a system that caters to your needs and values.

About the Authors

Tina and Michael LeBlanc have been happily married since 2003, are parents to two teenage boys, and have over 20 years of combined experience as Licensed Counselling Therapists. Being experts in the Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) model and using it to help couples in their work, Tina and Michael drew from the EFT model to create a list of 10 Habits of Happy Couples. In this series of articles, they take you on a comprehensive walk through the 10 Habits, and with each, they give you an overview followed by specific tips you and your partner can use in your daily life.

Life as a couple is a beautiful journey, but it comes with its fair share of challenges, stress, and misunderstandings. Juggling multiple responsibilities can be overwhelming, and it’s essential to acknowledge that both partners are imperfect human beings. However, there is hope! By establishing clear relationship rules and organizing your daily lives, you can limit confusion, chaos, and upset, and foster a stronger partnership.

Relationship Rules

Relationship rules are tasks, chores, values, and ways of being that both partners agree upon. They form the backbone of how your family operates on a daily basis. However, it’s important to approach these rules with flexibility in mind, as preferences and life circumstances can change over time. By ensuring that both partners are on the same page and checking in regularly, you can strengthen your bond and prevent unnecessary conflict. 

The Three Essences of Clarity and Organization

Finances: Money matters can be a significant source of stress in a relationship. Sit down with your partner and take a pragmatic approach to discuss your financial situation. Understand what’s working well and what needs improvement. Avoid a rigid 50/50 mentality and be open to taking on more responsibility during challenging times. Consider seeking professional help, such as a financial planner, if needed, to ensure a secure future.

Household Chores: Maintaining a tidy and functional home is vital for a peaceful living environment. Create a list of tasks and responsibilities, and discuss who would be better suited for each role. If there are chores neither of you enjoys or excels at, consider outsourcing those tasks to outside help, like hiring a house cleaner. Having a well-organized system for distributing chores will prevent misunderstandings and frustration.

Parenting: If you have children, effective co-parenting is crucial for a healthy family dynamic. Discuss parenting styles, discipline approaches, and responsibilities as parents. Ensure both partners are actively involved and contribute to raising the children. Communication and shared responsibilities create a nurturing and loving environment for the entire family.

Tips for Establishing Relationship Rules and Daily Organization

Reflect on Your Current Situation: Take time as a couple to assess your daily life, including finances, household chores, and parenting. Identify what’s going well and areas that need improvement.

Stay Away from 50/50 Mentality: Understand that life isn’t always perfectly balanced, and one partner may need to shoulder more responsibilities at times. Be open about feelings of imbalance and work towards a solution together.

Seek Organizational Help: If organizing tasks and schedules is challenging, reach out to a friend or family member with strong organizational skills for guidance.

Embrace Technology: Utilize electronic calendars to sync schedules and make them accessible to everyone, including children. However, remember that technology doesn’t replace open communication.

Regularly Communicate: Schedule daily or weekly touch-base conversations with your partner to stay aligned and address any emerging issues before they escalate.

Having clear relationship rules and organizing your daily lives is a practical and crucial step towards a fulfilling and harmonious partnership. By acknowledging that life can get messy and unpredictable, you and your partner can work together to establish a system that caters to your needs and values. Regular communication and flexibility will enable you to navigate life’s challenges and cherish the beautiful moments of togetherness. 

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