#breakthrulinkup 16 – Techie Chore Schedulers

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Though the Christmas is over, it is STILL the season for many of us to work anew 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. One of these "techie chore schedulers" may fit the bill!

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

Though the Christmas is over, it is STILL the season for many of us to work anew 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. One of these "techie chore schedulers" may fit the bill!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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14 thoughts on “#breakthrulinkup 16 – Techie Chore Schedulers”

  1. I’m thankful that we used a chore chart and stickers with our kids. Just yesterday I was talking to a mum of very “successful” young adults who haven’t a clue that the wastebasket needs to be emptied from time to time, and she laments that she did not add chores to their many enriching opportunities.

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    1. Yes, Michele, it’s kinda funny that sometimes “we moms” think we’re doing our kids a favor by not giving them chores! While I admit that I did sometimes fall prey to the “it’s easier if I just do it myself” attitude when my kids were young, and the “their job is doing well in school” mantra when they were a bit older, not giving them any responsibilities sets them up for some unpleasantness as young adults, dontcha think?

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  2. I’ve never used an app for a chore reminder/charting system or for helping me with household cleaning, Pat. It wasn’t that long ago that I had kiddos under-roof, so I wonder if there was an app that I could have used for them. But I did it the old fashioned way, by writing out a chart and determining a reward system. But these apps sure sound like a time saver! And I’ll have to check on the household cleaning apps. I could use some extra organization and reminders there! Thanks for the linkup, my friend! I hope your new year is off to a grand start!

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    1. Honestly, Beth, I never used tech ones either; I don’t even know if there were any when mine were younger… But honestly, it’s a different world today, and I know so many young moms who use their phones for almost. every. thing. Plus, their children are now digital natives (my youngest never even knew life without a whole slew of tech, such as cell phones, computers, tablets, etc… So they will (somewhat sadly to me) most likely make paper and pen a thing of the past…
      I am grateful for a great start, Beth…and I hope yours has been, too! <3

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    1. Debbie, Even tho’ I use my laptop a LOT for homeschooling, and I get good use out of my phone, I have to admit I’ve never used an app for homeschooling or chore scheduling either. Unless you count that I have my gmail calendar connected to my phone…
      But, geez louise, it seems like so many new-and-younger homeschoolers are using their phones for every.thing. these days, so I’m sure that in the future it’ll be much more commonplace.
      As for me, I’m happy with the new school/old school combo I use today! 🙂

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  3. Thank you for hosting. I linked my Creamy Dill Pickle Soup, Sautéed Zucchini, and a Crescent Roll Veggie Pizza. I hope you enjoy them! Have a happy week! #OverTheMoon #WWBlogHop #ThursdayFavoriteThings

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  4. I have gone back and forth between kinds of planners. They all have their pros and cons, but my online calendar and simple to-do list, also on my phone, seem to be the best combo for me. I have to be careful not to get too detailed or I never actually get things done. LOL Thanks for hosting, Pat. Have a great week!

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    1. Donna,
      I’m the same way! I used to feel bad about that – like there was something “wrong” with me – but now I realize that seasons change, situations change, new tools become available, etc, and I’m just adjusting! Right now it sounds like you and I have similar systems set up, and this one suits me fine, too!
      So I’m just running with it… lol
      Thanks for stopping by, Donna; hope you have a good week, too!!

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