Spring cleaning, two words that make me groan. I dread any type of cleaning, regardless of the room or the season. I don’t do floors or windows. I can, and do however, keep my computer and digital life organized. It’s the one space in the house that’s exclusively mine. I may not be able to keep the kitchen counter clear of sippy cups, or dirty clothes off of the laundry room floor, but I can keep my digital life free of clutter.
Windows 8 has some awesome apps that have helped me manage everything for our household budget, to staying on top of my to-do list. Once upon a time, I thought to do lists were a silly waste of time, but with age and children, I’ve come to appreciate how they help me stay on track. With the To-dos app (free), my list is conveniently located on my Windows 8 Start screen. No more hunting for that Post-It note that’s stuck to my shoe, or been hi-jacked by the kids and is now a work of art.
Every year in January, my husband and I decide we’re going to do a better job of managing our budget and saving money for a family vacation. And then, we never follow through with it. The All About Money app (free): has made it easier for us to stay on track. Using the weekly and monthly reports we can easily see where we’re spending too much money and then make adjustments for the following month. We always spend too much on food, but seeing it in a report, helps us remember to eat more frugally.
About 8 years ago, before I met my husband, his house had an electrical fire and was destroyed. They had to create an inventory list and report all items lost to their insurance adjuster before filing a claim. Afterwards, they realized there was a lot they forgot to mention. The NVIN Home Inventory app ($1.99 USD) makes it easy and convenient to create an inventory of your household items. If your home is ever burglarized or damaged due to a disaster, you can e-mail a report directly from the app to your insurance adjuster. Speaking from firsthand experience, this is a lifesaver after experiencing the loss of your personal items.
Other great apps for keeping you organized include the AboutOne Family Organizer ($1.49 USD). It helps you keep track of everything you need to remember, and turns your notes/ to-do’s, photos, videos, artwork, household documents and more into useful reports and reminders. Or if you enjoy spring cleaning, DIY crafts and organizing your home, you should check out Housekeeping (free). This app give you helpful tips on how to organize your house in an easy way, home décor tips, and craft ideas.
How do you keep your digital life organized? What are your favorite Windows 8 apps?
Disclaimer: I am a Windows Champion blogger. Information for this post was provided by Microsoft, but all opinions remain my own.