There are several challenges in managing a home, be it a house, an apartment or a terraced house. You need to create an inventory of all your belongings and belongings, keep track of all paperwork with the house, and maintain or repair the interiors, exteriors and essentials. Along with all that, you have to manage the occupants! It can be overwhelming. But don’t worry, these free apps to manage your home and family will ensure you are always in charge and on top of things.
1. Itemopia (Android, iOS): Home inventory app to keep track of items, warranties, documents
There are hundreds of home inventory apps to keep track of all the items in your home along with their critical information. We believe that Itemopia is the best because it is completely free, extremely easy to use and allows you to manage important information about the part that matters most: your family.
Itemopia divides the home inventory into items, memos and family. First, you will be asked to add spaces, such as a living room or garage. You can share any or all of the spaces with family members as well. Then, add items into that space by scanning a barcode to get its information automatically or enter it manually. You can also add a receipt for the item, along with warranty information.
You can create profiles for each family member and add information such as notes and photos, important documents (birth certificate, medical records, etc.), reminders and receipts. It’s your family’s hub for getting critical information in the blink of an eye.
The Reminder section is mainly for scheduling services or household chores. Itemopia can notify you when it’s time to pay bills or home insurance, or get notified when a warranty is about to expire. You can also create profiles for service providers like plumbers or cleaners and link them to these reminders.
Itemopia excels in being a central database of everything you need to know to manage your family efficiently, as well as finding critical data quickly when you need it.
Download: Itemopia for Android | iOS (free)
United Policyholders (UP) is a non-profit organization that teaches policyholders how to properly file complaints. For homeowners, they’ve put together a great guide on why and how you need to keep a home inventory. The guide includes valuable tips on how to photograph your home and items, keep this inventory securely so you can retrieve it when needed, and a sample of the forms you will need to go through to claim insurance.
But the best part is the free spreadsheet template (XLS file) that anyone can use in an app like Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets. You will find cards for different types of rooms (kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc.) and different types of activities or interests (pets, books, cars, emergency, etc.), already filled with fictitious data. To get started, you simply need to replace the existing text and numbers with your own. If you want to edit existing tables in sheets, please check FAQ tab on unprotecting Excel sheets and edit them.
If the recommended default spreadsheet is too simple for you, you can try the alternative home inventory spreadsheet created by a UP volunteer. It’s a more comprehensive way to document all the different items in your home, which also calculates the total value of your belongings based on factors like category, age, business or home expenses, etc. These are the factors that insurance companies will look for when deciding the actual value of your items, so the spreadsheet is a great way to estimate your claims.
3. Homechart (Web, Android, iOS): powerful app to manage everything in the house
Homechart allows you to manage not only your home, but also your family. Once you have entered all the data, the default dashboard shows today’s agenda, recent changes made to the app and links to bookmarks for quick access to all your data. This data includes:
- Health register: Record your family’s illnesses, injuries and inconveniences, vital statistics, and other health-related information on the master calendar.
- Notes and Wiki: Homechart allows you to create a personal wiki that your family can edit for things like instructions on how to use or repair certain appliances, notes about any room, how to take care of pets, etc.
- Planning and things to do: Create a to-do list for all the things that need to be managed around the house, assign them to people, and add them to your main calendar.
- Shopping: Access a central shopping list for all items that need to be purchased for the home, with categories such as groceries, personal wish lists, gifts, etc.
Homechart is completely ad-free, and the free version includes calendar, notes and wiki, health record, to-do list, and grocery and grocery lists. The paid version ($ 5 per month) adds budgeting, meal planning and cooking, home inventory, and pantry.
Download: Homechart for Android | iOS (free)
4. Maintenance (Android, iOS): free home maintenance reminders and tutorials
There are thousands of small and big tasks that you need to do on a regular basis if you want your home to function well and look good. Keeping track of everything is made easier by the good folks at Consumer Affairs in the form of Maintenance.
You will first need to select the type of home you have, which allows Maintenance Manager to make some smart decisions about the regular maintenance you will need to do. Then, add the items you own, such as a refrigerator, dishwasher, vacuum cleaner, TV, etc. Maintenance will ask for basic information about the object and then create a plan for its maintenance.
Once everything is powered up, Upkept creates a maintenance schedule with small tasks for each day of the week. Each task includes an estimated time to complete it, instructions on how to do it (such as cleaning the gutters or dusting the refrigerator coils), and tracks your progress. You can then use the apps to divide household chores equally among everyone who lives with you. It’s the best implementation of a home maintenance guide we’ve seen online.
The app is free for a month to try, after which it costs $ 5 per month. Considering how much it will save you in the long run, that’s a great deal. Plus, you can be assured of reliable, consumer-oriented advice from Consumer Affairs.
Dan Ramsey and Judy Ramsey, authors of numerous instructional books for new homeowners, have made some of their best advice available online for free. The Fix-It Club has a simple principle: You should be able to fix anything that isn’t working properly in your home with standard tools and basic skills.
The Fix-It Club has over 250 free guides, divided into categories such as home interiors, home exteriors, electricity, electronics, heating and cooling, renovation, plumbing, yard and garden, and many more. Each guide contains clear step-by-step instructions, with an emphasis on ease of use for anyone.
Take, for example, the Fix-It Club door repair guide. It will first tell you how a door works, what can go wrong and how to identify a problem, and finally, how to fix common problems with doors. Along the way, Fix-It Club points out where you need to be cautious and includes tips that can make your job easier. Throughout the site, you can expect this kind of practical, concise, and clear guide to fixing common home problems.
Not just organizing the house, decluttering it
Creating a home inventory, organizing all your important documents, and planning how to maintain the home is a combination that will reduce the chaos in your home. But once you’re organized, you may fall into the trap of saving every single little thing for a rainy day. Instead, make a conscious effort to tidy up your home and life and you’ll find that staying organized becomes a lot easier.