7 Genius Decluttering Apps to Simplify Your Life
For the hyper-organized, this is your dream app. Sortly lets you create a visual inventory by taking photos of your items or scanning QR codes. After you input your items, you can sort them into category folders by location (like in the jewelry box or in the garage closet). You can also tag certain items for easy search and include purchase and warranty dates for even more detail. And if you’re moving in the near future, you can use this app to keep track of inventory in boxes.
To buy: Free, itunes.com. For iOS devices.
Motivate yourself (and your family members) to clean more often with this smart app. You can create cleaning tasks and to-do lists by frequency and the app will tell you when a chore is due or overdue, and when something was last cleaned. Family members can track the chores they’ve done and gain bragging rights, and also see who’s been slacking. Even if cleaning isn’t your favorite task, you’ll get a little sense of satisfaction by tapping on the “Just did it” button after you’ve completed a task.
To buy: $4, itunes.com. For iOS devices.
If getting your kids to do their chores is as bad as getting them to eat their vegetables, this is the solution. ChoreMonster makes these tasks more appealing by turning them into games. Parents can set chores and offer different rewards (like an hour of free play or a trip to the ice cream store) for completion. Kids can log into the app (with their parents’ supervision, of course) and track their tasks, earn points for completing chores, and view potential rewards.
To buy: Free, choremonster.com. For iOS, Android, and Windows devices.
If you need to unload something that’s taking up way too much room (think an old dresser, a bike, clothes, or even appliances), all you need to do is snap a picture and upload it onto the app with details and pricing. Your posting will be circulated to users living in your neighborhood. You can negotiate prices and pick-up times through the in-app messaging service, so there’s no need to give out your personal number. And since everyone on the app has a profile with ratings from previous transactions, you’ll know who’s reliable and who’s not.
To buy: Free, offerupnow.com. For iOS and Android devices.
This is the ultimate app for roommates—you might never have a fight again. Keep inventory of supplies like toilet paper or dish soap and track who buys what. Or divvy up chores by assigning or claiming tasks. And keep stock of utility bills and due dates so everyone knows when to pay up. The app also has a “whiteboard” feature where you can message roommates about all of these tasks.
To buy: Free, homesliceapp.com. For iOS and Android devices.
Sometimes you might need to ask for extra help. This is where Handy comes in. With this app you can schedule a date and time for a cleaning professional to come and tidy up. Plus, track the progress of your cleaning session—from when the cleaner is on the way to when he or she is just finishing up. The payment feature is easy to use through your phone, and it’s secure, too.
To buy: Free, handy.com. For iOS and Android devices.
Use Yerdle to make swaps instead of spending your actual money—plus, there’s an added sustainable element to this idea. Post a picture of something you no longer want and ship it to someone who does—then you’ll get “Yerdle Reuse Dollars” to buy something on the app. And if you’re wondering what kind of products are in the marketplace, don’t worry: They’re gently used items from popular brands like Patagonia and Maclaren.
To buy: Free, yerdle.com. For iOS and Android devices.