I used to be an organized person. Really, I did.
Then I had kids and my brain turned to mush. I can’t remember anything on my own. I usually rely on my 8 year old and his unbelievable memory or my smart phone to keep me on track. Fortunately there are plenty of apps to keep me on top of things. It’s really crazy how many things you can organize from your phone. We gathered our favorite apps to help you stay organized and on top of your life.
Some days my routines are what saves me. If I can turn all the random stuff I need to do to keep my home running into a habit then it’s much easier for me to make sure everything gets done. The Home Routines app lets me set up morning, afternoon, and evening routines so I can make sure none of the everyday stuff gets forgotten. You can even set up lists for the different zones in your house to make sure you tackle the deep cleaning tasks once a month or so.
I love that I can see my progress throughout the day and my lists reset at the end of each day so I don’t have to worry about making a new list or unchecking anything the next day. My favorite thing about this app is that it has an “accomplishments” feature that pops up and lists everything you have gotten done during the day — perfect for those days when you just feel like you are spinning your wheels and need a bit of encouragement.
Cost of App: $4.99
Losing the baby weight is at the top of my to-do list at the moment but finding the time (and energy) to fit that into my already busy schedule is just not happening. The My Fitness Pal app makes it easy to stay accountable to your fitness plans by giving you options for entering fitness activities and keeping a food log (with an easy search function to help you determine total calories). I have a love/hate relationship with the fact that you can link up with your friends to provide encouragement and accountability. I’d probably feel better about that if the scale was moving in the other direction.
Cost of App: FREE
Do you have stacks of your kids’ artwork and school papers that you aren’t quite sure what to do with? I don’t know a mom who doesn’t! I feel guilty throwing those things away because I know I’ll want to look back on them later but I hate the paper clutter. ArtKive is a great solution. You can photograph your kids’ important papers and then turn it into a printed book when you gather enough of them. I want to try and do this once a year for each kid. Right now I just have papers stored in boxes but they take up so much space!
Cost of App: $0.99
I’m big on lists. It I don’t writing things down I know they just won’t get done. Since I always have my phone with me it just makes sense to keep all my lists there. There are a lot of list apps out there. I don’t have time for anything complicated though. I need something that it easy to use, simple to organize, and keeps my tasks right in front of my face so I don’t forget about them. The Things app keeps things organized without a lot of clutter and I like that. I love that I can schedule tasks for certain days and not have to see them cluttering up my to-do list in the meantime. This format takes a little bit of getting used to because it’s a bit different than others but once you figure it out it’s really simple. It separates things out by things you need to do today, next, and things that are scheduled in the future. There’s also an option to create projects that include several tasks that you can then go through and schedule. There’s also a desktop app that I haven’t tried because it’s a bit pricier but I’m loving the iPhone app. Well worth the cost. My only complaint is I wish I could include reminder times for each task.
Cost of App: $9.99
The past year I’ve had so many wonderful acts of services done for me as I was on bedrest with twins and coping with having my toddler in the hospital. It blows me away how compassionate and generous everyone has been to our family. I have a mile-long list of thank-you notes that I really want to send out but the reality with caring for twins while working from home and homeschooling means I’m lucky to just get through the day right now. Red Stamp is an app that makes it easy to send out thank-you notes. They have some adorable designs that you can customize with photos and a personalized message and then you can either email them to your recipient (for free!) or have them mail a card for you. When I plugged it in it was only $1.99 for a personalized postcard and postage. This is a great way to simplify thank-you notes, holiday cards, and invitations!
Cost of App: FREE
If you have teens, you NEED Cozi. This shared calendar lets you keep track of what everyone in your family is doing and even allows you to share grocery and to-do list to keep everyone on the same page. If you use the FlyLady system, you can sync the monthly cleaning zone tasks into your calendar so you can keep track of those without the hassle of entering them in. There is also a paid option that gives you more features like a contact list, birthdays, and the ability to see a month view on your phone.
Cost of App: FREE
What are your must-have apps for keeping yourself organized?