5 Apps to make home life easier

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Mobile apps do more than provide entertainment and social connections — they can make our home life a lot easier, too. From helping to organise things to budgeting, here are some of the best apps that you can use to simplify your daily life.

Sometimes we would rather chuck our mess into storage than attempt to organise it. However, there comes a time when what’s out of sight is no longer out of mind. At one point or another, we’ve all shared Becky Pink’s experience of having chaotic cupboards: No matter how much you clean them, they always seem to be in disarray. Enter Tody, an app that tracks your cleaning progress per room. Clicking on each room provides a break down of tasks, like vacuuming the floor or taking out the rubbish, so you’ll know which one you should prioritise. Plus, the app reminds you when it’s time to clean, so you’ll never forget!

After all your decluttering, your next challenge will be what to do with all your stuff. It’s usually wise to segregate them into piles of what stays and what goes. And instead of chucking the second pile into the bin, Decluttr might be a useful tool for getting rid of stuff for profit. The app will essentially purchase your unwanted items — books, games, gadgets, and more — and sell them to other users. Yes, it means you’ll get paid for cleaning out your house. This app is a testament to the old saying: One man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure.

Whether it’s your plumbing, electrics, boiler, or heating, staying on top of your policies is part and parcel of home management. The HomeServe app provides users the option to do it all remotely — with a few taps on your phone, you can manage your coverage policies, make claims, and even get professional advice for free. These features ensure that your home is always protected against any kind of damage. More importantly, the how-to videos available on the app make it easy for homeowners to attend to simple repairs themselves, something that should be in everyone’s skill set.

Home cooking has never been easier with the plethora of free recipes online. Among its competition, Buzzfeed’s Tasty has the added feature of step-by-step videos, which make the recipes a lot easier to follow. You’ll also have something to compare your own cooking to, like if you have the right consistency of dough for the bread you’re making. There are lots of options for different dietary preferences. Whether you’re following a low-carb, gluten-free, and/or plant-based diet — you name it, it’s there! This means you can always keep things interesting in the kitchen for you and your family.

There are many budgeting tools for smart phones, but Tricount is particularly helpful for people who have to split household expenses, like housemates. The Stylist reports that many UK residents well into their 50s still live with housemates, which means having an easier way to manage household expenses is all the more crucial. Luckily, all you need to do is fill in the costs, and Tricount will do the maths for you. The app will show how much you owe your flatmate and vice versa, so you no longer have to argue about expenses.

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