Make a commitment to get organized, stay organized and streamline your life. A few good apps can get you on the way to uncomplicated yet productive living.
Organize all the noteworthy things in your life with Evernote. With this app you can organize, manage and retrieve almost anything — from photos, videos and screenshots to handwritten notes, receipts and voice memos. With Evernote, you can track and retrieve all your “notes” from all your devices.
You often want to save web content to read later but then forget about it, or you stress yourself to rush through reading long articles online as soon as you come across them. Put the pleasure back in reading by using Instapaper to save and aggregate all your must-reads into one spot to read later when you really do have the time. You can read through your Instapaper in print, on your computer screen or on your phone.
File sharing is essential these days. If you don’t want to deal with any plug-ins or extra software, then this free, one-click app is the answer. Ge.tt allows you to simply drag and drop the files you want to share instantly. You can share the link even before the upload is complete, and the receiver can start downloading before you are even done uploading.
Get your household paperwork and receipts under control with Shoeboxed. You simply snap a picture of your receipts, and then Shoeboxed will categorize, organize and store them. It saves hours on accounting and tax preparation. This free iPhone app even creates and sends expense reports.
Organize your entire family with Cozi. Keep track of everything from school schedules to extracurricular activities and grocery lists to doctor’s appointments. You can access everything you need from any computer or use the Cozi app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android device. Over 8 million users love the Cozi family calendar/organizer.
Streamline your shopping experience with RedLaser. This free shopping app for iPhone, Windows phones and Android devices allows you to scan bar codes and compare prices at both brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers. The RedLaser app has been downloaded more than 22 million times. You’ll be surprised that you ever lived without it.
Flipboard — which is available (and free!) on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Nook — is like having your own personal news magazine populated with stories about topics you love as well as all the articles and photos your friends are sharing through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social sites.
Photo Manager Pro
Stop wasting time scrolling and hunting for your photos and videos. This management system allows you to create custom-named and coloured folders (and subfolders), and then you can tag and group images however you like. Photo Manager Pro is the perfect way to keep all your photos and videos organized so that you can find them by date, file name, genre, geo-tag, keyword and other filters easily anytime you like. You can share photos and other media privately or through social networks as well as password-protect them. If you have tons of photos and videos, then this app will be the best three bucks you’ve ever spent.
Manage your money, track your spending and pay your bills in one convenient, secure place with Check. You can get bill reminders, check credit card statements, see your bank accounts and much more. The free Check Money & Bills app is the perfect way to streamline and manage all your finances.
For the alpha business woman, a business card reader is a must. With the free CardMunch iPhone/iPad app, you can easily scan and convert business cards into address book contacts. From there, you can even add them as connections on LinkedIn. This app is a terrific networking tool.
Do you go grocery shopping several times a week because you are always running out of something? Stop wasting time, and streamline your grocery routine by getting organized with a grocery app. Grocery Pal points you toward sales at local stores, compares your shopping list to find low prices online that include free shipping and even allows you to buy from online stores directly from the app. This free app helps you track paper coupons, organize your shopping list by aisles and categories, sync lists among different devices and everything else you need for a productive grocery shopping experience.
Meal planning can make a huge difference in your life. You save money, waste less food and reduce the stress of last-minute grocery shopping and meal planning. You can find numerous meal-planning apps out there, but one of our favourites is Menu Planner. This $3 app allows you to create meal plans, import recipes from various websites, keep track of what’s in your pantry, create shopping lists and, of course, plan all your meals.
Want to start growing your own vegetables but don’t know where to begin? Streamline the process with Smart Gardener. Simply enter the size and shape of your garden, choose the vegetables you want to grow (by browsing, filtering and getting recommendations), and Smart Gardener will plot out your garden for you. You can even sign up for weekly emails to be reminded when it’s time to prep, plant, care and harvest your vegetables.
They say most of us wear only about 20 per cent of the clothes in our closets. Streamline your wardrobe by using the Stylebook app. Import photos of your actual clothes, create outfits, plan what to wear and get style inspiration from clothes online. It’s a terrific way to manage your wardrobe, create outfits and get the most out of your clothing. If you find you are still not wearing certain pieces after using the Stylebook app, it’s time to go through your closet and start donating.
Make recycling a whole lot easier with iRecycle. This app tells you how and where to recycle just about anything based on your current location or any address, city or postal code. Get all the details on what items can be donated at each location, as well as the hours of operation, website, phone number and directions to your nearest recycling spots.