Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Know Your Stuff

When I was eight years old, Hurricane Floyd hit the eastern seaboard of the United States, and the impact for coastal North Carolina was substantial. Though the actual hurricane did minimal damage, North Carolina received a substantial amount of rain. We were living in a riverside community at the time, and about two days after the hurricane, my parents woke my brother and I in the middle of the night and said we had to evacuate immediately. The amount of rain had caused the river to rise and water was coming towards our home from three angles. Thankfully, my parents knew exactly what they needed to do. 

The bottom floor of our home at the time was mostly garage and playroom areas, but there were still some valuables, so my parents immediately enlisted our help to get everything we could reach to the next story. Though our home flooded over four feet and there was significant damage to the flooring and walls, thankfully, we were all safe and no true valuables were lost, which was not the case for everyone. It also helped that my parents had a relative plan and knew what needed to be moved, and the plan was put into action.

Now that I live on my own, I'm working towards truly knowing the value of my belongings, which helps with insurance and future claims. With a simple app, I'm able to keep track of exactly what is in my home. I live on the coast of NC, and though I'm hoping this hurricane season will be a mild one, it's always good to play it safe. This is all thanks to Know Your Stuff, a home inventory app that helps you maintain a list of the items in your home - so that you truly do know your stuff.

The  app is very user friendly, allowing you to add photos of the exterior, rooms in your home, and the items in each room from both your phone and computer. My bedroom and living room are the two that I've spent the most focus on, due to my electronics and of course, my jewelry. The other great thing about the app is that it allows you to keep inventory as you go. My mom recently had to go through a good portion of her jewelry and some of my grandmother's and take photos of each. My snapping photos of what I have as I go, this will eliminate the future hassle of going through everything that is in my home.

So often, I think we're quick to forget that our home is not indestructible. While it's not something we like to think about, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires or other disasters can strike when we least expect it. Like in most situations, it's better to expect the unexpected. I'm reminded of the flood that struck my childhood home. The water rose after the danger of the hurricane had passed, and for many, the rising water was very dangerous, very destructive, and very unexpected. Going forward, I'm happy to have the Know Your Stuff app to give me peace of mind.

Be sure to check out the Know Your Stuff website by clicking here - and download the app straight to your iPhone or Android phone!

This post was sponsored by Know Your Stuff, but all opinions are my own.



  1. Growing up in Florida we did this before every single hurricane - thankfully never really needing it but it's nice that they have made an app for it now! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. What a cool app! I am so glad to hear that you guys suffered minimal damage. I am keeping my fingers crossed this hurricane season too. Hurricanes are no joke!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  3. Living in Florida I know about this all too well! I didn't know there was an app to help with keeping track of everything so I'll definitely have to check that out! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  4. What a cool app! Although we are inland in Virginia, we got a glimpse of what hurricanes are like with Hurricane Sandy. This is a great way to account for everything in your home.

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  5. Wow, this is such an incredibly helpful and relevant post, girl! After Hurricane Sandy hit a few years ago, many of us on the East Coast, who hadn't experienced anything like it began to really put much thought into action in regards to taking inventory of belongings. My husband and I have talked about it, but the thought of going through everything seemed daunting. I'll defiantly have to check out this app and start to do so now, which is a perfect time, since we're moving and sorting now anyway. Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a great day!



  6. Every year around this time we start to prepare for the possibility of hurricanes and/or flooding. It's so scary to think about, but it's much better to be prepared and to know your stuff. Such a great app!
    Green Fashionista

  7. What a great and practical app - definitely need to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

  8. That's a great app, I have to try it out! x

  9. An app sounds like a great way to track all of this! It can be so tricky, and I am sure after your personal experience very real.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  10. This is a great and helpful ad! I live in California, we don't hurricane but we have earthquakes! An app like this would be super helpful, I'm definitely checking it out!


    Tamara -

  11. This is a great idea! Will have to check it out. We just moved to NC so I'll have to refamiliarize myself with hurricane season after living in FL for many years (then moving away from the coast for a couple)!


    Alecia - La Joie de Vivre

  12. That's a great app! I will try it out :)

  13. OMG I SO need to do this! What an awesome app!

    xx Leah /

  14. This is a great app! I remember when Hurricane Floyd came through and our neighborhood flooded, too. Totally a necessary app for any home owner! xx, I'm Fixin' To

  15. I was six when Hurricane Floyd hit. I live in Virginia and it was mainly a rain even for us. I grew up on a hill so our house didn't flood but I still remember driving through town a few days later and seeing stores being cleaned out from the flood and the water line on the walls of buildings. It was my first hurricane memory. My parents have always had an evacuation plan. We'd probably leave move of our stuff but take our pets with us!
    Kiersten @Autumn Country Girl


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