11 Home Organization Apps to Streamline Your Routine
Finding it hard to keep track of your family's meal planning, homework, chores and other tasks? These home organization apps are here to help.
Our brains only have so much processing power. With all the grocery shopping, budgeting, socializing and maintenance that goes into running a household, it’s no wonder we tend to forget things! Luckily there are a wide range of home organization apps designed to take some of the stress off your plate, helping to streamline your routine and keep your family on track. Here are 12 of our favorites.
MyCentriq for iOS and Android
Instead of keeping a drawer full of appliance manuals, use the free MyCentriq app to keep track of them. All you do is take pictures of your appliances, electronics and tools, and the app adds their user manuals and warranties, as well as related how-to-videos. It even helps you find and order replacement parts, making it perfect for DIYers!
Plan to Eat for iOS and Android
Meal planning can be time-consuming, but the Plan to Eat app takes all the effort out of creating weekly menus and shopping lists. It allows you to collect recipes from cookbooks, blogs and more, which you can drop onto a weekly calendar to automatically generate a grocery list. The app has a 30-day free trial, then costs $39/year.
S’moresUp for iOS and Android
Busy parents will love the S’moresUp app, designed to help manage your family’s chores, allowances and overall routine. The app lets you set up individual calendars and chore lists for family members, and you can even use it to schedule family events and playdates. There’s a free version available with limited functions, and the full app costs $4.99/month.
Happy Plant for iOS
Do you forget to water your houseplants? You’ll never mourn a dead plant again with help from the free Happy Plant app, which sends game-like notifications to remind you to water plants. You can use the app to name your plants. And if you take photos of your plants, over time the app will turn them into time-lapse videos.
Cozi for iOS and Android
If you want to plan meals, organize your family’s schedule and keep a to-do list all in one place, Cozi will be your new favorite app. It lets you store recipes and plan meals, create grocery lists, make color-coded shared family schedules and to-do lists and even create a journal and send updates to family members. Oh, and the best part? It’s free.
AnyList for iOS and Android
Trying to streamline your weekly grocery trips? The AnyList app can help with that. This free list-creation app suggests common grocery items as you type, and it automatically groups items by category — i.e. dairy items, produce, etc. You can also use it to store personal recipes and create shopping lists based on them.
YNAB for iOS and Android
YNAB stands for “You Need a Budget.” If you’re struggling to keep your finances in order, this is the app for you. It will help you set goals and keep track of your money — whether alone or with a partner — and it offers more than 100 online workshops to help you learn more about budgeting and money management. After your free 34-day trial, YNAB costs $11.99/month or $84/year.
Sweepy for iOS
When was the last time you changed your air conditioner’s filter? Or swept behind the fridge? Sweepy can help you keep track of all sorts of household cleaning tasks, ensuring daily, monthly and yearly chores get done on time. The app notes when each chore was last completed, and it automatically creates a daily cleaning schedule for everyone in your household. After your free trial, the Sweepy app costs $2.99/month or $12.99/year.
North Star for iOS
If a well-designed app is a selling point for you, North Star might be the way to go. North Star has an incredibly sleek interface that helps you keep track of goals and projects, whether big or small. Use it to track your savings, build healthy habits or work toward a goal using smaller milestones. After a free trial, North Star costs $5/month, $35/year or $50 for a lifetime membership.
Evernote for iOS and Android
Evernote is an extremely popular note-taking app for personal and professional use. Besides taking notes, it can also create lists, save online content and help manage your schedule. The basic version is free, but you can upgrade to Premium with additional features for $7.99/month.
Due for iOS
All the forgetful people out there need to download the Due app, which lets you set reminders for anything and everything. Whether you need a nudge to pay the electric bill, pick up the kids from school or give the dog its medication, Due, which costs $6.99, will send you periodic reminders until you complete the task. It can also be used for countdown timers!