Spruce up your Spring cleaning with these iPhone apps

Apr 6, 2011
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Whether you’re looking to de-clutter your closet, clear out the refrigerator, or wash the bedroom windows – or perhaps all three – Spring is the time to do it. Nothing prepares a body for warm weather like a good scrubbing. You are going to want to lay out a plan of attack. Organization promises to […]

Whether you’re looking to de-clutter your closet, clear out the refrigerator, or wash the bedroom windows – or perhaps all three – Spring is the time to do it. Nothing prepares a body for warm weather like a good scrubbing.

You are going to want to lay out a plan of attack. Organization promises to make the process more efficient – you might even be able to get your spouse and/or children to contribute. To keep you on task, we have assembled the very best household chores iPhone apps that we could find. Happy Spring cleaning!

Is that pile of dirty clothes growing taller than Mount Everest? The Laundry Pal app ($0.99) will help you break it down by color, material etc. while ensuring you don’t ruin your favorite silk blouse or knit cardigan. The app includes everything from very basic “how to” instructions, to detailed ironing tips.

For those who are on a strict cleaning schedule, or who would like to be, there is the Clean Freak Cleaning Schedule app for $0.99. It helps users to organize a rotating priority list, so you don’t feel overwhelmed at the prospect of cleaning the entire house all at once. For example, you put the most attention-worthy items on a weekly to-do list. But areas of the house that don’t get as dirty can be placed on the two- or three-week cycle. Once you have completed a task, check it off your list. The app then keeps count of the number of days that have passed since you last completed that chore.

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A great all-purpose option is the free Good Housekeeping @Home app. It includes cleaning tips such as how to best remove various stains from upholstery, or how to scrub a ceramic bathtub. In addition, the app also provides tips on how to reorganize furniture and redecorate. Nothing like a fresh room for a fresh start.

If you are looking for something with just the basics, try the Home Chores app ($0.99). Instead of writing out your to-do list on a scrap of paper, you can write it out on your iPhone. Categories include, shopping, exercise, pets, kids and so on. When you are done, cross out the item and move on to the next one.

Trying to get spouses and children to contribute to the upkeep of the house can be a chore in itself. The $2.99 Chore Pad app will help to keep everyone on task. It allows you to create chore lists, which you can organize by day and importance, and then assign them to various members of the household. And, each chore can be given a corresponding value. For example, washing the sheets can be given 2 points, and vacuuming out the car can be given 4. You child, or spouse, can accrue points via the chores that he or she does, but the rewards system is up to you.

And finally, for the old school cleaners among us, there is the 101 Vinegar Tips ($0.99) and the 101 Baking Soda Tips ($0.99) apps. Both of these prove that you don’t always need to spend money on expensive and toxic products. It is quite amazing what you can do with the stuff that is already on your shelves.

 

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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