It is hard to believe it has been more than a week since Hurricane Harvey made landfall and devastated Houston and surrounding cities. The hubs and I are located north of Houston and weren’t impacted as much as those south of us. We have many friends who lost everything and some who were lucky enough to have minimal to no damage.
It was beyond heartbreaking to watch the coverage on TV and social media knowing I couldn’t do anything to help. On several occasions I had to turn the news off and step away from social media. I saw friends posting every few minutes as they watched the water levels creep up to their homes. I read a Facebook status of an old friend who described how she felt as she prepared for rescue. She described the terrifying moment of writing her and her husband’s phone numbers with a Sharpie on their 5 kids in case they were swept away by the current or separated.
After the water began to recede the nerves and panic were replaced with confusion and inability to understand the devastation. Friends began to remove the damage from their homes with the help of family, friends, and strangers. I’ve seen countless pictures of possessions and debris stacked along neighborhood streets. I lack the words to describe the emptiness in my heart and the pit in my stomach. I cannot imagine the struggle and helplessness everyone is feeling as they return to their home and their community.
In all that has happened, the kindness and generosity of our citizens and neighbors is heartwarming to witness. It is a tragedy that something so devastating as a natural disaster is what it takes to bring out the best in people. This week people showed true compassion and a giving hand. I love that the blogging community used their platform as an influencer to help rapidly spread the word on ways to help. There are a million and one ways to help the areas affected and I encourage you to find the way(s) you want to help. Individuals are pointing the finger at organizations they feel do not give enough of funds received to the affected areas. There has been a lot of criticism about celebrities not doing anything or doing too little. To that I say, do your research and make your decisions how you feel most comfortable.
This is not a recovery that will take a week or a month, this recovery will take a year or more. It will be a long road, but if anyone can accomplish it, it’s Texas!
Until next post…xoxo Becca
Welcome back! We are about to enter the time between the month of organization (aka January) and spring cleaning. What a perfect time to do some closet organization?!
There is no need to keep clothes you haven’t worn in forever or clothes that don’t fit. Why not take the time to free up some space for new clothes? Every woman ought to like the sound of that! To begin purging my closet there are 3 categories items fit into; keep, trash, donate. The end.
Noteworthy, if I have a lot of time on my hands, I purposely wear an item and once washed I place it in a different section of my closet. Each day I can only select from the “not worn yet” section. Therefore, when I make it to the “I don’t have anything to wear” phase I know the remaining items in that section get tossed or donated. Leaving everything I have worn recently remaining.
Have empty wall space? Add a few nails to hang long necklaces or add towel bars for scarves. I recently placed Command hooks on the back of my closet doors to hang empty purses I use frequently. The others remain in their dust bags on the top shelf.
I love the look fabric boxes or bins give to a closet because it is a great way to hide items you need to keep, but aren’t using at the moment. For example, swimsuits, cover ups, that big floppy sun hat.
Just like making the most of the space, using tricks and everyday items to add a little organization is key. One of the best suggestions I ever saw (thank you Pinterest) was to use pool noodles as forms for your boots. Rather than buying expensive boot shapers, next time cut a pool noodle in half. This method works just as well at a fraction of the cost. Here’s another one for clutches, a wine rack!
I hope this information and resources give you the motivation to get in your closet and organize! Do you have any tips for closet organization? Share in the comments below.
Until next post…xoxo Becca