Friday, 16 October 2015

One of the Ways I Stay Organised - Housework/Funwork 63

Today I thought I would share 1 of my favourite apps for keeping me organised in all aspects of my life but very much so in the home situation.

I am very much a

"what's the best free app for this situation?"

type of gal

so most of the apps I have are free.


However the one I am going to talk about today is not.


This is what happened......

Once upon a time there was a handsome prince who went on a journey to a far off land and returned to his beautiful princess with a precious gift (which at that particular time she did not realize she wanted).

But because of the personality of the handsome Prince, he insisted that his Princess do something immediately he had given her the gift.

He told her she had to buy something to add to the gift.


Ok so the handsome Prince was Fred and I'm his beautiful Princess.

He had gone to America on business and returned with an iPad for me.
( yes it really was a present just for me and even though he said later we were meant to share it, that was too late because I had completely fallen in love with it by then and he had to get his own)

As soon as we set it up he said we had to buy a certain app for it because he had heard it was very good and knew I would want to use it.

Of course I knew nothing about apps at this stage and certainly did not know you could get free ones so I did as he said ( yes I'm an obedient Princess too)



And this is the app we bought


Things     PAID
I use this app every day and I use it in various ways.






At this point I would like to state that I am not being compensated or sponsored in any way for this post about the Things App - I just wanted to tell you about one of the ways I stay organized.





Firstly I use the Today feature in the listing to see all the things that I should do each day or that need to be done soon and today might be the best opportunity to do them.

So everyday I keep checking off in this list hoping that someday I will do everything that falls for that day - not happened ever yet!


Any time I want to add a todo item I can either just leave it without a due date so that it just appears in my today list all the time until it is completed or sits in my Next list.

If I choose a due date I can also pick how many days before that date I want it to appear in my today list coming up to the date.




Then there is the great scheduling feature where I can schedule something for a particular day.
Not only for a particular day but I can also have it as a recurring todo ie. every week, every month, every year, every 9 days even.

There is a section for Projects as well and depending on what you want to do you can adapt the project feature to suit you.

There are also Areas that you can place your todos in.




For the Home I have some areas as you can see above like housework, and the odd project but I also use some of the other areas like daily, weekly, monthly.

I love the way I can keep track of when things need paid or need to be cleaned or need to be bought like birthday cards, presents and especially coming up to Christmas I utilize the Projects section for different lists.

You can see my Christmas List by Names below and then when I click on each name I have my Notes within that one for the ideas I have for their gifts.




Another thing I find very helpful is keeping track of the food in the house especially in the freezer.

As I put something away I note it in my Next list with the date I need to use it by and how many days in advance of this that I want to be notified by.

Then I use the Tags feature so that any time I want to check up or plan ahead about meals I simply go into the Next list and filter it by my choice of tag which would be food in this case and it will bring up all the food in different cupboards and fridge and freezer and the date it is due by.




I can refine this even further because I have tags in for each of the cupboards and fridge and freezer so can turn up just the contents of one of these at a time too.

Other tags can be centred around time, priority, or any kind of category you can think of.

I can also order everything by due date as well.




Most of my home life can be ordered by this app but I do love to use other list apps too.


One way to help stay organised


And as you probably know (if you have read any of my other blog posts in this Housework/Funwork Series), I love lists so when I'm working with this app I will call it Funwork instead of Housework



Decluttering  -  365 in 365 Days

At the end of last month I was so busy plus fighting a Throat infection that I did not do an update on my 365 in 365 so I'm adding that in here too.


5 items Thrown Out
A pair of slippers
A bundle of clothes
A pile of papers
Some hangers
Some pens


2 items To Car Boot Sale
2 black plastic adjustable stands


2 items Given Away
A Bundle of clothes
A Bundle of pens


So running total gives me

January        29
February      42
March          31
April              8
May               0
June             57
July              26
August         67
September    9
TOTAL    269 items  in  273 days  

Unfortunately I have fallen behind again so better do well this month!




11 comments:

  1. My hubby uses a free app- In Focus Pro- that he really likes... but I think this one might work even better! I'll have to suggest it!

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  2. This is so handy. I will have to go check it out. I can't get any apps on my phone to help with my productivity!

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  3. That looks like a great app Sandra! I can see how it helps keep you organized. Good job on the 365 challenge too... only 4 items behind... you can catch up easily!

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  4. That seems pretty handy! My hubby is in the process of ordering my first ever smartphone (I am very behind the times!), so this will come in handy for me.

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  5. Great post!! It's really not that hard to stay organized when you know how! lol...thanks for sharing at the DIY Crush Craft Party on Thursday!! I just pinned your entries!

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  6. This looks like just what I need. I have been looking for another more complex app to keep my stuff organized I was browsing the app store last night with no luck. Thanks for sharing on the LFEO Blog Party.

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  7. What great tips.. I need to look into this since I think it would help me a lot! Thanks for sharing at You're Gonna Love It! <3

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  8. iPads are so awesome and I love free anything! Thanks so much for sharing this with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

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  9. Looks like a great app. I like it when you can collect all your todo and appointments and everything in one place and can access it electronically on any device (or at least the device you always have on you).

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  10. you are so organized! I love seeing other people's ideas for keeping their homes in order and this app looks like a real winner. thanks so much for sharing on our #OTM link up :) ~ Leanne

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  11. This app looks great. I like how it keeps everything together instead of one having to use multiple apps for calendars, tasks, and other lists. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

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