A Home Organization Binder In the Palm of Your Hand

Weekly Smartphone App Roundup

Organizing a household has gotten much more complicated these days. We have schedules to keep track of, documents to secure, and appointments to remember. Add in bills, a budget, recipes, phone numbers and your home organizer binder suddenly looks more like a phone book. In this increasingly paperless world, all the important files and information that a family home needs can be minimized and made accessible through various apps. Here are a few we highly recommend.
iOS
LifeTopix There is no limit to how big or small LifeTopix can be. The app is capable of managing calendars, task lists, projects, notes, files, shopping lists, a budget, household utilities, contact information, health, events, travel, and educationm for starters. LifeTopix manages it all within a clean, easy to use interface, along with backup capabilities to popular cloud services like iCloud or Evernote, and can be accessed on the free desktop app too! $1 (For a limited time)
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Left: LifeTopix - Right: Awesome Note

Awesome Note
An app I swear by for all my files, notes, ideas, calendars, napkin sketches, documents and appointments is Awesome Note. In the days before smartphones, I carried about small spiral or moleskin notepads, but this one app makes me look back and wonder how on earth I did it. Awesome Note is beautiful, with custom styles to suit every individual's needs, and virtually contains any or all details for your life (luckily there is Evernote backup for safekeeping). $4

Android
Cozi
Catering to the family with two and a half kids, Cozi brings order to potentially chaotic family life. The free service is great for managing to-do lists, chore itineraries, calendars and even shopping lists. Journaling special family moments or making notes for later is a particularly helpful feature which is quick and easy to do with widgets. On top of all that, Cozi seamlessly syncs across multiple devices. Free
Also available for iOS

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Left: Cozi - Right: Google Drive

Google Drive
Google's own line of cloud based tools makes for an incredibly versatile home organization binder. With access to Google Docs you can create, edit and view a wide array of files from your Android handset. Download files for offline access, print them off wirelessly or share them with your contacts should the need arise. Free

Windows Phone 7

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Left: Evernote - Right: SkyDrive

Evernote
The powerhouse note taker app is made for tasks like these, and just keeps expanding in the features. Recently they added support for recipes so you can create a cookbook of your own home recipes or ones passed down from an older generation. The interface allows for complete control over every detail surrounding individual notes, which is perfect for keeping track of financial information, bills, receipts, contacts list and more. Free
Also available for iOS/Android

SkyDrive
The best part about Windows Phone is having the entire Office suite standard on your handset. Using them in conjunction with SkyDrive is a powerful one-two punch to organizing every detail of your home, from spreadsheet budgets to weekend itineraries. SkyDrive keeps this information and your handsets pictures/videos within reach and organized in a sleek interface that'll even make iOS users envious. Free

(Images: 1. Jason Rodway, all others: as credited above.)

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