Apps can help parents organize their family’s lives

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Most parents know all too well the feeling of double buying groceries or missing a scheduled doctor’s appointment. If putting pen to paper isn’t working for you there are apps that will not only keep you organized but in sync with your spouse for smoother home management.

Romni Scott is the mom of two busy boys ages one and two years old. She says she tends to use traditional pen and paper to keep track of things that need to be done to take care of her home and family.

“I am a little old-school about organizing. For me, as a stay at home mom, one of the biggest challenges is figuring out what day it was. When was the last time I washed the sheets, the towels. So I wash towels on Tuesday,” she said.

There are times, though, when she turns to her phone to make sure she and her husband are on the same page.

“I do use OurGroceries app and things like that. I can sync up with my husband. We add things to the list, (like if) we are out of baby soap or we are out of milk,” says Scott.

She’s on the right track. There are some very popular apps that could help organize your life.

  • OurGroceries: Manage grocery lists. Share with everyone in your home. OurGroceries also keeps track of the ingredients for your favorite meals.
  • Cozi family organizer: Cozi is a free app to keep everyone’s activities and appointments all in one place. Share shopping lists, chores, and more in real time. Store recipes and quickly add ingredients to your grocery list. Access Cozi on your computer or through the app.
  • Carezone: Document symptoms and privately share updates with family members. Keep record of doctor’s appointments and medical history of multiple family members.
  • TaskRabbit: Access to a network of tens of thousands of skilled taskers, all carefully screened and vetted by TaskRabbit. The TaskRabbit Guarantee: All tasks are fully insured up to $1 million.
  • Happy Kids Timer: Happy Kids Timer is simple to use app for children which helps them complete their morning routine easily and on time. This app is totally operated by your child, whom carries the mobile device with him/her to each area/room where the task needs to be carried out/completed. It utilizes a smart incentive program with award and printable certificate.
  • Chorma: Chorma synchronizes between devices, so it’s easy to coordinate who does what even when no one’s home. Simple signup gets everyone in the household connected.  According to the app developer, earn Chorma points by doing chores. When you’re ready, Chorma helps organize a group activity like a meal out. The more points you have the less you pay!

Using these apps won’t make life perfect for any parent that’s looking to be more in control of their day, but they could help a lot.

“It’s kind of a do what we can. Try each day. Embrace the chaos,” said Scott.

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