Apps can be really helpful tools when it comes to helping us get organized especially since most of us usually have our phones on us at all times :) I definitely have a few favorites that I will share with you today and I’ve also asked a few of my blogging friends to share their favorite organizing apps as well with you (and why they love them). I feel like I have to add a disclaimer here though because it’s important to note that while one app may work amazingly well for one it may not have the same impact on another. As with any app you have to use them to be effective but even then not every one will be a good fit for all. Give one or more a try and see what sticks. I’m hoping at least one of these organizing apps below will be new for you to play around with. Please know that I’m not affiliated with any of them in any way.
Oh and those of you that have been around here for awhile know that I use to have a pretty fantastic organizing app myself. Gosh I loved my app. Unfortunately my designers took it down when they didn’t have time to maintain it. So sad! I wish there was something else I could do to get it back but I know nothing of these things. Sorry about that!!
Recommended by Laura (me!):
Jamie’s To Do app (Free) – I like using a paper planner when it comes to my calendar however when it comes to lists sometimes it’s helpful to have them with me at all times. I like this app because it’s simple to use but still allows me to separate my lists into various categories. I like categories, they make me happy. Being able to easily shuffle and reorganize my lists makes me happy too. I can also set reminders which is a great feature. Available for both iPhone and iPad.
The Christmas List app ($2.29) – Oh my goodness, using a Christmas gift organizer app has been a game changer for me! Talk about being organized, you will feel like a superstar with this app. Just add the names and set budget for everyone on your list and then track items purchased as you go along. You can even take a picture of items you are thinking about buying or have already bought to remind yourself. This is especially helpful when you shop early like I do. The budgeting part is the best part because it’s so easy to go over otherwise. I actually enter stuff as soon as I buy it so having it available on my phone is perfect. And don’t worry about sneaky kids, you can set a password to get in. Available for iPhone, iPad and iPod.
Home Routines app ($5.79) – this app is a little more pricey but it’s pretty awesome. It’s designed to help you manage all the routine chores you do on a regular basis. Keep track of your daily tasks broken down by morning and evening routines/chores. Also keep track of weekly tasks and cleaning zones throughout your house. When you mark each task as complete you get a gold star. The tasks’ completion stars can automatically reset in time for your next time through the routine. The very best part and what makes the cost justifiable is that it comes totally pre-loaded with tasks. It would be pretty daunting to have to enter all the individual things you do regularly but because it’s pre-loaded it’s pretty easy to simply adjust it to fit your life. Also has a built in timer. Designed for both iPhone and iPad.
Recommended by Rachel of Useful Beautiful Home:
Good Budget app (free) – my favorite organizing app is called Good Budget. It’s like the envelope cash system to manage money without having to carry all those envelopes and cash around. It makes budgeting finances very convenient because both my hubby and I can access the same information on our individual cell phones at any time. It’s free (an important factor when the budget is tight) but you can also pay for upgraded features. This is a great tool to help you pay down debt, save for something big (like we’ve been doing for adoption), or develop excellent spending habits. I love it! Available for Android and iPhone.
Recommended by Morgan of Morganize Me:
My FitnessPal app (free) – I love this app! It’s an app that helps you to organize all things surrounding your health. In just a few minutes a day, you can log in your daily workouts and your meals. You can even just scan food that has a barcode (over 4 million barcodes are recognized) and through graphs and charts you’ll know how well you are eating each day. Additionally, you can track all kinds of exercise too! The best part is that you can connect with friends to help you to hold each other accountable. Accountability is key when it comes to living healthy and this app helps you daily to do just that! Available for Android and iPhone.
Recommended by Yuni of Love Your Abode:
The Artkive app ($5.79) – this is an app that tags, organizes, and safely stores all your children’s art works. It’s a great clutter-free method to saving those precious pieces of art. All you do is snap a picture of the art and you can file it away under each child’s folder. It also allows you to print their masterpieces. Designed for both iPhone and iPad.
The Wunderlist app (free) – is one of my favorite apps because it holds all kinds of to-do lists. Due to my scatterbrain, I always utilize this app when grocery shopping so I never leave anything out. You can also use it to manage projects or plan events. Available for everything :)
Recommended by Katie of Organizing Moms:
The Shutterfly app (free) – without this app all of our pictures would be lost in cyberspace somewhere! I use the Shutterfly app to upload any new pictures I take on my phone. By using the app, I’m able to more easily order prints, or make photo books. Shutterfly has good coupons and freebies, and by using the app to upload my pictures, I’m always ready to take advantage of a good deal. Available for Android and iPhone and iPad.
Recommended by Becky of Organizing Made Fun:
The Cozi app (free) – LOVE Cozi and have been using it for years! I love it because my whole family can use it including my tween/teen and my hubby (everyone shares one account that can be accessed from any mobile device or computer using their own email address and a shared password). It’s FREE and reminds me of stuff all the time because I’m totally forgetful. It also sends reminders and notices to other members in the family when I add something to their calendar – color coded for each person. Plus, it has a grocery list, menus, contacts, and more. Available for Android and iPhone and iPad.
I hope you enjoyed that round-up of great apps for keeping your life and family organized. If you have your own favorite organizing app recommendation please share with us in the comments!
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