There truly IS an app for everything! Here are my favorites when it comes to staying organized:
Problem: Getting my outfit planning under control.
There’s an app for that: Cloth
Originally, this app sold for $2 but when I went to purchase it, it was “free” for a limited time! Whenever you put an outfit together that particularly works for you, snap a photo of it (either laid out ahead of time, or on you when you’re dressed) and you can apply all sorts of tags and categories to it. Over time, you have a library of ready-to-go, guaranteed-fabulous outfits for any situation.
Problem: Lots of bills, all due at different times, and the amounts are always changing. And sometimes I just wonder where all my money seems to go.
There’s an app for that: Pageonce
Not only does this app keep track of all your bills, when they’re due, and remind you ahead of time, but it allows you to see at a glance where your money is going. This means everything from a breakdown of categories in which you make credit card purchases, to an overall look at where you stand financially – from savings to debts and everything in between. Even my hard-to-impress web designer hubby was a fan of this one!
Problem: We’re all vulnerable to theft and natural disasters. How do you begin to document what might need replacing someday?
There’s an app for that: American Family DreamVault
I’m not sure how truly “organization” related this one is, but I am perhaps a tad more neurotic than most when it comes to keeping inventory of our worldly possessions. I watched in 2006 as my sorority house was ripped apart by a tornado. In 2008, I watched as much of my hometown of Cedar Rapids went underwater during massive flooding. We have tailgated with some friends-of-friends who recently lost everything they owned in a freak fire started by a gas grill. You just never know what could happen.
You may remember I took on a huge home inventory project back in ’08. It took me weeks to get everything together and recorded, and try as I did to be organized about it all, it was still cumbersome to document everything both in text and pictures. We love our insurance company, American Family, (Hi, Bob!) that developed this app that allows you to, by property and then room, take a picture on your phone of every notable possession and attach to it any details including cost to replace. Even if your phone itself is destroyed, the inventory can be recovered from any internet connection using your username and password to aid you in filing a claim.
Problem: Keeping track of kids’ chore assignments, ensuring they get done, and rewarding accordingly.
There’s an app for that: iRewardChart
I don’t even have kids and I think this one is genius! It’s been featured in several magazines and on television shows, which to me, says credibility. You create the list of tasks for kids to complete every week, and mark off as they are accomplished. You set the rewards (i.e. ten stars equals a trip to DQ). Just as if your kid had invoiced you, the app keeps track of what they’ve done, what they have left to do, and which rewards they have earned thus far. I could see older kids having the app on their own ipod and being accountable for recording everything themselves as opposed to Mom or Dad doing it. Where was this when I in my allowance years?!
Anyone else have any cool organization-related apps? Or any fun apps in general??