Home maintenance isn’t on the usual list of fun things to do, but it has to be done every day. When you can’t keep up with each task, they pile up and create unnecessary chaos in your life.
For many people, the solution is to hire someone. Fortunately, there’s no reason to spend your hard-earned cash paying someone else to handle tidying up your home. All you need is a little help with your organization, and that’s where your smartphone comes in.
The following list of 5 apps will transform the way you manage your household tasks. They will help you do small tasks to make big, yet easy, changes to everyday things. Your smartphone will become your own virtual assistant that will help you manage your home.
In each app, you can create tasks, plan ahead of time what tasks to do, decide when and who will do them, as well as keep track of personal versus group tasks. Some of them can even help you learn about certain tasks if you aren’t sure how to do them. Each app is designed to be used by anyone, though there is no shortage of features for techies.
Tody is an iPhone app that is designed to keep track of all important household tasks which can be arranged by room. It also makes it easy to see how long it’s been since you’ve completed each particular task.
The best part of this app is that it’s designed to be used by a group rather than a single person. For families, this makes it easy to assign tasks and see who has completed their to-do lists. If someone isn’t doing their share of the work, they won’t be able to hide. The app will let everyone in the family know.
This isn’t a free app, but compared to a professional house cleaner, it’s well worth it. If you’re serious about organizing your household chores, this app is a great investment.
This iOS and Android app is fun and free and it’s actually designed with children in mind. The developers have tapped into children’s affinity for play and turned household tasks into character-filled games.
ChoreMonster allows the whole family to keep track of the kids’ cleaning tasks. As kids do their chores they are awarded points and once they earn a set amount of points they can get a reward. This motivates them to help around the house and gives parents an easier way to get the kids’ involved.
BrightNest is a beautiful, free iOS and Android app that will keep your home looking amazing. It’s a life hack for household chores and a way to keep you interested and streamlined.
A huge perk of BrightNest is that it offers you a lot of how-tos for tasks you need to get done, but aren’t sure where to start. It’s like having your mom with you to tell you what to do.
The app easily keeps track of your regular tasks for maintaining your home and lets you choose the best way to manage them. It gives tips and tricks to streamline tasks even further.
Wunderlist is a free iOS, Android, and Windows app designed to be the easiest way to get stuff done. It handles multiple to-do lists, schedules, and necessary tasks grouped together to help you stay organized.
Wanderlust will help you remember when your bills are due, or when you need to mop your floors, and will even follow the progress of a group project or planning for a vacation.
A useful feature is the ability to forward email reminders directly to the app to help keep track of important dates and events.
24me is a free iOS and Android app designed to be used by only one person and functions as your very own personal assistant. And it works for more than just household tasks. This app can assist you with things on your larger to-do list. Need a reminder for birthdays? Can’t remember important appointments or payment deadlines? This app integrates seamlessly into your calendar so that you can remember all the details.
The best part of this app is the social media integration. This means that you can pull information like birthdays, and even post messages on Facebook for someone’s birthday. Just make sure to double check your spelling since the app’s autocorrect feature isn’t great.
Whatever app you choose, there’s no reason you’d have to outsource your household tasks. You can stay organized and even get the rest of your household involved with just the click of a few buttons.
Guest article written by: Lisa Michaels is a freelance writer, editor and a striving content marketing consultant from Portland. Being self-employed, she does her best to stay on top of the current trends in the business world. She spends her free time trying out new recipes or reading Scandinavian crime novels. Feel free to connect with her on Twitter @LisaBMichaels.