Are you looking for the ways how to simplify your life? Me too! I am tired of being the only person who wants to clean up (because for some reason I think it is a lot of fun). My goal is to create something that will be easy to maintain and could be handled by my lazy family members.
I have a full time job, a blogging business. I am a mom, a wife, a chef and a cleaning lady in my own house. Needless to say I do some jobs ummm… not very good. My cooking includes dozens of shortcuts and my other home chores constantly get pushed around into the dark corner of my to-do list. I hope you find this page to be a good resource for organizational solution.
My Personal ‘Simplify Your Life’ Solutions
Tools and Gadgets
Other Great ‘Simplify Your Life’ Resources
Getting Organized Magazine
Organizing tips for holiday decor by Views from the Ville
Organize Any Room
Laundry by Home Goods
Best Apps to Help You simplify your life:
A free app (unless you want to go pro for few extra perks) and website that helps you manage the chaos of family life with a shared calendar, shopping lists, to do lists and more. Cozi helps you keep track of everything from school schedules to sports activities, grocery lists, meals and chores — all in one place accessible by every member of the family and from any computer or mobile device.
E-coupon app SavingStar (www.savingstar.com) gives you coupons for stuff you need and want (diapers, soup, snacks) at your favorite grocery and drugstores. You pay the normal price in the store, and the savings from the coupons you choose add up inside the app. Once you reach $5, you can choose to put the savings in your bank account, redeem them for an Amazon gift card or donate them to charity.
If you love rewards cards, you will love this app. It stores all of your rewards information and lets you scan your phone in the store instead of carrying around those worn-out cards on your key ring.
ZipList (Devices: Apple and Android)
ZipList streamlines your grocery shopping by allowing you to search the app’s recipe database (there are over 300,000 recipes from popular sites like Martha Stewart and Food.com) and add the ingredients directly to your shopping list. Then you can email it to others, like your spouse, to save you time.
RedLaser (Apple, Android and Windows)
Great comparison-shopping app, RedLaser lets you scan barcodes for items of all sorts to see how much they would cost if you bought them from a competitor. The app pulls up comparative prices from almost anywhere online, including Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, as well as local stores. In addition to price comparisons, it also shows you nutritional information for different foods and even the nearest library stocking the book you’ve been wanting to read.
Evernote is a super-organizer’s best friend—it’s an interface where you can organize your notes and paperwork. For example, you can type in to-do lists (complete with checkboxes), scan in whole documents, insert pictures and videos into your notes and then automatically sync up those notes between your smartphone and your computer, storing everything online. The interface is a joy to use.
Ultimate to-do list. Organize your tasks by day, priority, type (work, home, kids) and more. Find yourself in town with half an hour to kill? Look up your to-dos by proximity to where you are (via GPS) and check them all off your list. It also offers the option to send yourself reminders by email, text message or instant messenger, and integrates with your Google Calendar and Siri on your iPhone.
BigOven offers a database of 200,000 delicious recipes to help you do so. Need to meal plan? Drag-and-drop recipes onto a calendar for a day, a week, or a month. ( Pro version ( $15 a year) generates your grocery list.)