Get the family together with smartphone organizing apps

By Christine Ottoni

Best organizing apps for families on the go

Consider this an authoritative guide to getting your home and family organized through the power of the smartphone. The best part? All of these apps are cross-platform for iPhone and Android phones and let you share information between devices. Upgrade your organizational strategies like never before.

To-do

Wunderlist

Wunderlist is a simple app for creating to-do lists and managing tasks. You can set due dates and alerts, organize tasks into groups and share your lists with family members who may need a little helpful reminder. Even better, Wunderlist is totally free and even accessible through a web interface.

You can grab Wunderlist for your iPhone or Android device.

ChoreMonster


You’ll never hear an argument about whose turn it is to do the dishes again when you download ChoreMonster. The app lets you create scheduled chores for your kids to complete, each with their own point value. By finishing chores that you approve, your kids earn points that they can cash in for rewards that you define, like a movie night or a camping trip.

Download Choremonster in the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

Financial

Venmo

Allowance, textbook and grocery prices can stack up quickly. Sometimes, you might feel like you have to hire a full-time accountant just to keep track of who exactly owes money to whom. Venmo is a digital wallet that lets you send and receive money between people you trust, keeping records of every transaction so that you know exactly where everyone stands in the ledgers.

Download Venmo for your Android or Apple device.`

Goodbudget

On the other hand, if you’re struggling to figure out where all that money disappears to by the end of the month, you might want to give Goodbudget a try. The app uses an “envelope system” that divides your paycheck into specific categories, giving you greater oversight of your spending habits. Goodbudget can sync between mobile devices and the web, letting everyone in your family get on the same page.

Get Venmo on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Travel

TripIt

Already have your tickets booked for your next trip to Disney World? Make your family vacation a painless experience by keeping track of your travel plans with TripIt. This free app automatically scans your emails for information about plane tickets, car rentals, hotel reservations, and more to create an itinerary that’s accessible from any device. You can sync your travel plans with your calendar as well as securely store travel documents like IDs and passports within the app.

Download TripIt for Android and iPhone.

Calendars

Google Calendar

If you have a Google account (and these days, almost everyone does) Google Calendar is the perfect solution for family time management. The app can automatically create calendar events based on the content of your emails as well as suggest contacts and places as you create a new entry.

You can get the Google Calendar app on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Cozi

An excellent alternative to Google Calendar for busy families and a three-time winner of the Mom’s Choice Award, Cozi lets you see what your entire kin is doing with a quick glance. Each family member is color-coded for ease of use. Making and syncing appointments, sending reminders and sharing to-do lists are all possible within the Cozi interface, letting you make the app your one-stop shop for family organization.

Get Cozi for your Android or iPhone.

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