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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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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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