With our busy lives, keeping up with family events, household chores, and errands like grocery shopping can be hard. But with the right tools, you and your family can stay organized at all times. Share calendars for important events, split up and assign chores, and even plan your meals with these terrific family organizers for iPhone.
1. Cozi Family Organizer (Free)
When it comes to complete family organization, Cozi is a wonderful tool. Since 2006, the team has introduced and modernized household sharing features for families everywhere.
Available on the web as well as mobile devices, you can keep everyone in the loop with the family calendar, to-do lists, shopping lists, and recipes sections.
An additional feature that makes Cozi stand out is the Family Journal. This handy section lets you capture special family times with cool photos and fun descriptions. You can also send automatic updates so that others can share those moments. So, not only can you and your family stay on track, but enjoy reminiscing when you are on-the-go.
While you can certainly take advantage of the features for free, Cozi Family Organizer also offers a Cozi Gold subscription service upgrade. For $19.99 per year, Cozi Gold provides a birthday tracker, multiple reminders, various themes, and ad-removal. For the complete package, Cozi delivers.
2. Hub Family Organizer (Free)
Another good app is Hub Family Organizer. Like Cozi, Hub lets you share the family calendar. This lets everyone in your house stay up-to-date on events and appointments. You can also share shopping and task lists. For managing chores and grocery shopping, check out the due date and reminder features.
Hub lets you post photos and include text right on the Home screen. This is a neat option so that whenever your family members open the app, they can check out the family news right away.
Hub Family Organizer is free, with Hub Gold subscription options starting at $4.99 monthly. The paid service provides unlimited sharing, recurring events and tasks, comment and note inclusions, and syncing with other calendars. If simplicity is what you want, then check out Hub.
3. Flayk: Made for Your family (Free)
Flayk is a family organizer that offers calendar, event, and to-do list sharing with a clean interface. However, this cool tool offers additional features that really make it stand out from similar apps. First, you can set up multiple families. This allows you to organize extended families, teams, and even a group of friends. Each “family” that you create in the app is color-coded so that you can view what you need at a glance.
Next, Flayk offers a nifty reward system. This is convenient for when some incentive is needed for chores and other tasks. The rewards are customized by you and let you track the activities. For instance, your kids can earn points for completing their chores and then redeem them for real rewards if you like.
Flayk is a free app with a premium upgrade listed on their website for $1.99 per month. But, according to the App Store description, the latest update as of this writing (version 1.6) states that the premium features are available for free. So if a reward system sounds appealing and helpful, then Flayk is for you.
4. Family Organizer: Calendar Planner (Free)
If you love the sharing features offered by family organizers, but would prefer one without in-app purchases for additional options, check out Family Organizer by Sevenlogics, Inc. This intuitive app gives you a family calendar with assignments, to-dos with due dates and reminders, and a recipe section.
What is awesome about Family Organizer is the other extra features you get. The daily journal is a fun spot to include recent family photos with short descriptions. You can pop in pictures from the family vacation or your kid’s birthday party for all to see.
You can track birthdays, sync your schedule across devices, and check the daily weather forecast. In addition, the interface is quite attractive and allows you to set your own background music and photo. With great customization options, Family Organizer is a super choice.
5. Picniic (Free)
Picniic is another smart family organizer that gives you a little bit of everything. You can share the family calendar, to-do and shopping lists, recipes and a meal planner, and create group events. What makes Picniic unique is the grid layout and other handy features it offers.
For viewing everything the family needs at a glance, the grid layout of Picniic is both useful and attractive. Each section such as the calendar, to-do lists, recipes, and events are within color-coded boxes. This provides a wonderful view as soon as you open the app.
Picniic also gives you the option to connect to additional calendars. For example, you can share read-only events from work, sports, or school calendars. Plus, you can subscribe to Piniic from Apple Calendar, Google, Outlook, and Yahoo!.
With a monthly or yearly subscription, Picniic provides an Info Locker and Family Locator. The Info Locker is a convenient area for securely storing family documents like emergency contacts, insurance papers, and similar important items.
The Family Locator lets you quickly share your location with the family and know where your kids are at all times. Note, the Family Locator does use GPS which can affect your phone’s battery life. Paid plans start at $11.99 per month.
Don’t Forget Apple’s Free Tools
These apps all come with some sort of premium option, but you don’t necessarily need to spend money to organize your family life using your smartphone. For the best, voice-activated shared shopping lists you can beat Apple’s Reminders app with Siri integration. There are no limitations on users, and you can add items to your shopping list without even unlocking your device.
Apple’s own Notes app has found favor since iOS 9, and now features a refined interface, attachment support, and note sharing with multiple parties. iCloud makes it easy to create shared calendars that you can access from your iPhone, Mac, other organizer apps, and via a web browser.
You can do other things using in-built tools as well: share photos via iCloud Photo Sharing, set up a group chat over iMessage with the Messages app, and even share your iTunes purchases with your family using Family Sharing. None of these are quite as unified as having everything in one place, accessible from one app, but they’re powerful tools — and most importantly free!
How Does Your Family Stay Organized?
Whether you have a small family of two or a large one of 10, staying organized and keeping up is essential these days. Do you prefer to use paper calendars and refrigerator notes? Or, does your family take advantage of digital organizers like these?
Share your thoughts and suggestions with us in the comments below!
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