There are many ways of keeping an apartment organized but things get complicated quickly when you have more than one adult living together. Things can get especially hectic when you've got roommates, girlfriends, boyfriends, kids, family, and significant others. A great way to keep things really well organized is to use a really cool tool from Google.
This tool is available for everyone and it's naturally Google Documents. Google Docs is a really great way of sharing files among people. Different people can access them at the same time. This means that once you have created a spreadsheet or file, all of the people living in your apartment can share it to see what's up. There are multiple uses for this. One of the easiest and most useful things to track are household expenses. This keeps a clean and easy record of all expenses related to a home, from groceries, power bills, rent, heating, and more. It also allows you to track them, adjust your spending habits easily, making it easier to save money in the long run.
All you need to do is to create a spreadsheet on your computer on Google Docs. Google Docs is a great platform for this. It's a web app and it's available in the cloud, meaning that you can access it from any computer. The only negative thing is that you can't usually access this information offline. Thanks to Google Gears, this is no longer an issue. Google Gears allows you to port the online apps like Gmail, Google Docs and Google Reader into an offline mode.
Once you've created the spreadsheet and customized it, you can share it with everyone involved by sending them invites through the share menu which is opened by right-clicking on the file. Different people can then edit it and view it. This is a pretty great way to track all of your household expenses. It's simple and easy to use. [image by Dan via CC license]