The Basics of a Sustainable Organization System (SOS)


As my daughter welcomed her new doll into her home, I watched as she looked around her room. I could tell she was looking for something. After continuing to observe her, she was giving her doll a home. She was determine where in her room she would live.

I thought to myself, why don’t we do this as welcome a new object into our homes? In my experience, one of the MOST common causes of clutter whether it is related to paper, objects, or seasonal where is that it does not have a home OR the home does not make sense.

Have you ever noticed an object that seems to be floating around the home? Sometimes you will see it on the counter, sometimes on the nightstand, and other days it seems to live in the bathroom. Or spent countless hours looking for basic objects like batteries, lightbulbs, or that bill that was due a week ago?

Yes, I believe most of us have had those moment. These simple frustrations that many of us deal with on a daily basis. They drive us insane, BUT we do not actively do anything to change it. In a time in society where the average person spends much of the time being overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious about their current place in life, I believe we have control to take action on the things that cause us stress. We owe it to ourselves to do this.

I believe that this practice starts at home. Those small frustrations build. They cause us stress, they cost us our time, and they cost us our energy. We have the power to make simple changes to prevent all of this and put more energy toward the things that matter.

This leads me to talking about SOS. Not Save Our Ship, but essentially the message is the same. SOS stands for Sustainable Organization Systems. These are the systems that will SAVE your home, your sanity, your relationships, you mind, and all the things. It will take time to build SOS in your home. BUT it is necessary.

What are the basics of SOS?


Everything in your home needs a home, a place. Take a look at the clutter in your home. Does it have a home? Does its home make sense? Has the home been communicated with those that use the object? When starting to create your systems, you can simply start by tackling the clutter in your home. The things that are visibly affecting you. Find them a home or get rid of it, if it is not truly serving you.


Communication is one of the most important parts of creating SOS in your home. If you live with others, whether they are roommates, your children, or your significant other, you need to communicate the system you have created. For example, everyone in the home uses the kitchen. When I rearrange the kitchen, I communicate and visibly show my husband where I have placed something. I communicate the system I have created. I ask for feedback. I need to know if this system makes sense to him. If it is too complicated, it will not be followed. This can lead to feeling discouraged and lead to giving up!

Do not Over Complicate the process

Organization should be easy. It should take little effort to maintain. If it is too challenging to maintain, you will not do it. It will not be sustainable. For instance, I love a pretty jar. Have you gone out to Pinterest and looked at all the great apothecary jars and containers lined up nicely in the pantry. You likely pinned this, so you can do the same or get inspiration for your pantry. I personally use similar methods in our “pantry.” It saves space and looks nice. Here is the issue for some. It will require you to empty the food from the containers that it comes from and place it in the jar. For some, this is not a problem. For others this will be challenging to maintain. The containers will get pushed to the back of the pantry and they will add the boxed items in front of it. Consider the practicality of the process you are trying to put into your home. It does not need to be pretty. It does not need to complicated. It does not need be Pinterest perfect. It NEEDS to be practical. It needs to work in your home with your family.

Get Visual

Humans are visual creatures and creatures of habit. According to Forbes, 65 percent of people are visual learners. We take this into account when organizing your home. Labels, clear containers, pictures, and strategic placement of objects help to appeal to the visual learner. It helps the process remain easy and sustainable. This is our goal.

Organization is meant to be simple. It is meant to make our lives easier. It should not take anymore time than not maintaining our home. Actually it should take less time. It will be easier to maintain your home. Previously, I would spend the entire weekend and most of my weeknights trying to maintain my home. All of this time and energy spent only to do it all over again. I was not alone in this. I know this is the reality that many are still living. It takes a toll. It takes you away from the things that are important to you, your goals, dreams, and family. It affects your relationships.

Intentional Living Tip

Organization is a process. It  takes time to create a personalized system that works in your home. It is possible and the return is limitless. The return will allow you more time with your family/friends, more time to care for yourself, and more time to enjoy your space. It will decrease your stress and the time you spend maintaining your home. Your relationships will improve. Your health will improve.

So, keep these basics in mind when considering SOS. Take action to create systems in your home. Need help? Need support? Accountability?

Reach out to me. Check out my Courses. Join me in the Facebook group Home Intentionally.

I am always supporting you,



Published by Ashley Strong

I am a hardworking, full-time mother of two beautiful children under the age of two. When I became a mother for the first time almost 2 years ago, I changed greatly. Being a mother is one of the most amazing roles and I am grateful for the blessing. It is also one of the most challenging jobs, whether you are a working mother or a stay at home mom. Working through postpartum depression, I determined that the challenges of motherhood and life seemed to be overshadowing the many joys of motherhood. With much research, I found that the same words continued to pop up: intentional, purposeful, and mindful. This led me to start thinking about how I can be more intentional, purposeful, and mindful in all aspects in my life. The thought is really profound and overwhelming because it could be a major change for my family. I believe in this change and I am jumping into this journey with the great support of my husband. Here I am blogging about my journey. Please join me!

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