5 Organizational Apps That Will Change Your LifeWhen disorder threatens to overwhelm your life, you can tame it--with help from the right apps, of course.
1. Simplify Web Browsing
WHAT IT IS: Evernote
WHAT IT DOES: This free program, which works on nearly all devices, is a way to keep track of everything you find interesting. Save online research for your next vacation, your favorite blogs (which it cleans up to remove ads), outstanding restaurant meals, and even voice memos of your brightest ideas.
HOW IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE: Never have that "Where was that great site I saw last month?" feeling again. Evernote lets you search and, more important, easily locate individual items in your library, or groups of items related to a particular topic.
2. Manage Your Family Photos
WHAT IT IS: Photo Manager Pro
WHAT IT DOES: Organizes your wild mass of photos (and videos) into a tidy filing system. You create custom-colored and named folders, then tag and group images however you like, all using simple drag-and-drop gestures. And you can rate each item to make it easier to find your favorites in the future.
HOW IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE: You'll save hours of scrolling and hunting, using the tagging info to search by genre, geo-tag, favorites, or keyword. It's easy to share images, privately or to social networks, and you can also lock folders to limit access.
3. Make Meal Planning a Breeze
WHAT IT IS: DinnerSpinner from Allrecipes.com
WHAT IT DOES: Find, manage, and save dinner recipes with this app. Create shopping lists and check them when you're on the go, plus scan grocery items to make supermarket trips faster.
HOW IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE: Store all the recipes you want to make in this app so you can easily scroll through them when you're picking up groceries. It's great for planning weeknight meals or when you need to prepare a special dinner.
Free at allrecipes.com.
4. Streamline Your News
WHAT IT IS: Zite and Pulse
WHAT IT DOES: Both free apps cover a wide range of topics and can help you find news feeds, blogs, and sites that interest you.
HOW IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE: If you don't have time to scroll through Twitter or scan multiple Web sites throughout the day (who does, really?), these apps will take the topics you're interested in and deliver the news to you. You might also discover new interests, too.
Both are free. itunes.apple.com.
5. Keep Track of Your Pet's Health History
WHAT IT IS: Pet Dossier
WHAT IT DOES: Keeps track of your pet's health history, medications, likes and dislikes, dietary needs, and veterinary appointments. Plus, you can take pictures and store them in a photo album.
HOW IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE: No more sifting through documents to find out the last time your cat received a vaccine or what day the dog training class starts, this app lets you store all your pet's information in one file. And you can share the information easily with your pet's sitter or caregiver through email.
cleaning & organizing: bring order to your home
Counter space. No matter how big the kitchen, you hardly ever hear anyone complaining that there's too much of it. Especially in a compact kitchen, clear counters are a precious commodity worth fighting for. Luckily, there are lots of smart storage ideas that can help you reclaim lost counter space. Here are 16 great solutions that are just begging to be a part of your kitchen expansion. By Tracy Anderson
So, you think your house is clean? Well … you might have to think again! If you're like most people, there are areas that you never even think about cleaning, unlikely places where dirt, dust, and germs may be lurking. Even if your home has its share of "dirty little secrets," you're not alone: A 2012 survey sponsored by Kenmore found that nearly half of Americans -- 49 percent -- say they cut corners when vacuuming by skipping areas underneath or behind furniture, and clean only when they see visible dirt on the floor. Because identifying the problem is the first step toward a cure, here are some commonly overlooked areas of the home that should be added to your housekeeping regimen -- and some tips on how to maximize your cleaning efforts.
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No matter how clean your home may be, it's probably still a little dusty. Dust is a pervasive problem that everyone has to deal with every day. It's more than an annoyance, however. For individuals who suffer from asthma, allergies, or other breathing problems, dust can compromise their health and their quality of life. Dust is composed of many elements, including tiny particles of dirt, pollen, mold spores, dead skin cells, hair, and fabric fibers, as well as airborne pollutants such as wood ash, chemicals, and vehicle exhaust. Minimizing the amount of dust in your home can make a huge difference in air quality and help prolong the life of furniture, appliances, and household electronics. Keeping your home as dust-free as possible requires vigilance and consistency, including establishing a regular weekly cleaning routine. Here are some simple suggestions on how to cut down on the amount of dust in your home.
Far too often, grass gets the short end of the stick. We trample on it, force-feed it fertilizer, and cut the poor stuff within an inch of its life — all while doting on our roses and tomatoes. But focus your attention on sod for a second, and its design potential will sink in.
A clean bed means more than washing your sheets and pillowcases.
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This polar vortex of a winter is finally starting to thaw out, which means only one thing: Spring cleaning is upon us. As we get ready to deep clean our homes and reorganize our garages, it's time to consider your wardrobe. Your closet--probably overflowing with clothes you no longer wear--needs to be cleaned out. Clearing our your wardrobe can be a daunting task, usually causing anxiety about what to keep and what to toss. When it comes time to editing your wardrobe, it can be difficult to part with particular pieces. If you haven't worn an item in a number of months or it doesn't fit, a good solution to tossing is to consign items. Who doesn't love the idea of putting a little cash back in your wallet while making room for fabulous new pieces? Check out these 11 tips that will help alleviate the stress of spring cleaning and make room for those fresh pieces your wardrobe desperately needs. It's time to shake off those winter coats and shimmy into some spring dresses. By Corri McFadden
The kitchen is often the heart of the home, but for small-homeowners and apartment dwellers, it can also become the bane of your existence when space is at a premium. To maximize every inch of precious countertop, check out these 12 essential items that will make your life in the kitchen less cluttered.