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6 Apps To Save Time While Doing Stuff Around The House

6 Apps To Save Time While Doing Stuff Around The House

Getting things done around the house — you have your ideal goals set for getting everything done, but the reality is that not everything gets done. There are probably lots of reasons. After all, things come up. You have your job to worry about, the kids or grandkids to keep up with, and hobbies that sometimes simply must take precedence. Fortunately, today’s tech-savvy society can help. Take a look at these apps, as well as this list from Time Magazine, to ensure you get organized and complete your entire checklist!

1. Brightnest

This is a free app for Apple users. It offers tips and suggestions on various topics of keeping house, such as cleaning out the fridge, making towels fluffier, and organizing your closet. It is divided into eight categories — healthy, green, savvy, curious, clean, handy, creative, hungry. Within the eight categories, there are multiple suggestions. Each suggestion is shown on a colorful card and is broken down into steps, which make the tasks doable. Following some of these suggestions can help you save time when doing various tasks around the house.

BrightNest is available for free on Android and iOS.

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2. Chorma

This app is one that all members of the household can use interactively. If all members put it on their phone or iPad, they can see what chores need to be done and then choose which ones they would like to fulfill. Each chore will list the due date and points earned by completing the task. Each chore then can be assigned to members in the Chorma household. The points can be redeemed for something that all members in the house agree to, such as cookies, a movie, family pizza night, or whatever you choose. This app will give everyone more time because the household chores will be shared among all household members and will not fall on one person.

This is a free app for Apple devices.

3. Chore Checklist Lite

Android and Apple users alike can use Chore Checklist to get going on with cleaning the house. Sometimes, all you need to get motivated to get stuff done around the house and save time while doing it is to have a checklist ready to go and reminders set. The chore checklist app can be set up so that the user can list out everything that needs to be done with reminders and dates for when they need to be completed. Users can also opt for the regular version for $1.50, which unlocks multiple task lists.

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Free for Android and for iOS.

4. Fairshare

A free app for Android and Apple users that is similar to Chorma is Fairshare. This app allows household members to interact with one another as they list out, assign, and complete household tasks. Each task, just like in Chorma, is assigned points. The points can be used as a competition or can be used as a team approach. For example, if an individual reaches 300 points, then everyone buys that person their favorite soda. Or, if everyone together reaches 1,000 points, everyone goes out to dinner together and splits the bill according to how many points each individual earned. This app also features a shared grocery list that each user can see and can check off when they have bought something from the list for the house. App users in the same household can also private message each other within the app.

Free for Android and for iOS.

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5. Spring Cleaning Checklist

Android users can use the Spring Cleaning Checklist app for free. This app allows the user to organize their cleaning tasks into checklists for each room of the house. It also features cleaning tips and household trick videos. The checklist will help you to stay on task, thus reducing the time it takes to complete the cleaning chores. The cleaning tips and household tricks can arm you with instructions on how to do something specific, thus reducing the time you would have spent trying to figure it out yourself.

Free for Android.

6. Zillow Digs

A very inspirational app that not only helps you estimate the costs for repairs of things around your house, such as remodeling a kitchen or a bathroom, but you can also get real ideas. Browse from real-life examples and calculate what it will take for you to recreate the same look in your house. You can spend hours in this app alone.

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Free for iOS.

Using one of these 6 apps can help you remember what you need to get done around the house, when it needs to be done, and how to do it, thus saving you time to be able to enjoy life by watching movies, playing games, reading books, or doing whatever else makes you happy. Also, to save money for the stuff you do around the house, be sure to see Reviewsters list of the best free shopping deal apps.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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