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Welcome to #breakthrulinkup 16!
'Tis the season, ya' know. Though Christmas may be over, it IS the season for many of us to start fulfilling our New Year's resolutions, or meet new goals, or just plain work on gettin' our act together! And one of the things we moms commit to - both periodically and annually - is getting the kids more involved with chores.
While many of us still rely on printables and stickers and laminated schedulers that get tacked up on the fridge, perhaps the younger ones around us tend to turn techie even in this area.
So I thought I'd dig up and spruce up republish a post I did a while back that appeared to appeal to many mom readers out there... Even then, I was blown away by the sheer volume of chore scheduling apps available! The post was initially titled "Using Apps to Schedule Household Chores"; today I'm simply calling it "Techie Chore Schedulers".
*Apple Chore Schedulers
Chorma (free) - This app provides a platform for organizing activities, and establishes a point system for certain chores. Looks like it would be a great system for incorporating with the kiddos!
ChoreMonster (free) - This is more-specifically targeted to kids, giving points when chores are accomplished, and allowing kids to purchase rewards with those points at different levels. It also works across devices, so kids can use it on a tablet, laptop or desktop, too.
HomeRoutines ($4.99) - By creating checklists for chores around the house and receiving reminder notifications and alerts, it could be pretty easy to keep track of all the things you need to get done! You can organize tasks by zones and frequency, so things get done when they need to get done 🙂
Tody ($2.99) - Similar to HomeRoutines, but instead of alerts, this app indicates how urgent the chore is, depending on an initial list you create.
EpicWin ($1.99) - If you totally want to make cleaning fun, you have to try this one! Chores become quests...you choose a name and an avatar and move your character along as quests are accomplished! Looks like a video game, but the downside is - could you forget about the cleaning in the process?? And yeah, that's what I look like when I clean 😉
*Android Chore Schedulers
House Cleaning Checklist (free) - Simple to use and doesn't require an internet connection. I love what one reviewer wrote: "Less effort in setup means more time to clean." Oh yay.
Interested in doing some of your own research? Check here for more Android products.
*Available for Both Apple and Android
Chore Checklist - ($1.50) Lite version and (iOS) (free) - From what I read, the only difference is that the full version provides statistics and reports chore completion history (IMO - who needs that? You can SEE when the chore has been done, right? Well, most of the time, anyway!)
BrightNest (iOS) and (Android) (free) - All the lovely creating and managing abilities found in HomeRoutines and Tody, except the cost 😉 Also, you have access to tons of articles on cleaning, organizing and home maintenance materials - win-win in my book!!
Cozi (iOS) and (Android) (free) - A friend of mine has been using this one for years... It is MUCH more than "just" a household chore organizer, tho. You can keep track of everyone's schedule on this one. Time to get rid of the ol' calendar on the fridge!
Motivated Moms (iOS) and (Android) ($1.99) - Apparently, "this is the app version of (a) popular e-book that thousands use each year to manage their homes". Apparently, I missed that memo. BUT, I do love that this system is designed by moms, and they're all about reducing stress in order to make home management easier...
Have you used any of these? Or do you know any others good ones? As always, please do let us know in the comments below...
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