Family organization apps are such a lifesaver, at least once you accept that life admin is part and parcel of modern family life. Still, we all wish there could be a bit more life and a bit less admin sometimes.
So I was thrilled to take some time to research some of the best family organization apps to help parents delegate, organize, and assign tasks to the rest of the family.
I.e., not Mom!
I’m always saying that I wish I could export my brain to my spouse and children, and these family organization apps seem like the closest thing until that tech arrives. Here are a few options to help you find a little more balance in the meantime.
Top: The Family Wall app
The best family organization apps: 4 apps we love
Best family organization app for keeping multiple calendars: Cozi
So many parents are looking for the best family organization apps mainly to help share calendars and keep up with the day-to-day of lots of family members. The Cozy app has been a popular option for years when it comes to keeping families on track, and it’s easy to see why it’s still going strong.
While it does let you track things like chores and grocery shopping, it’s definitely more geared toward keeping up with school events and activities for multiple family members. And I like that it includes a recipe and meal planning feature too, because of course, any organized household is great with weekly meal planing. Right? (Well, sometimes. Kind of. Or…not.) (Free with in-app purchases)
Best family organization app for household management: S’mores Up
The slogan of the S’Mores Up app is “Let’s democratize household management!” So I’m already feeling seen. The S’Mores Up app lets you assign chores and then follow up with reminders if they don’t get done — plus hand out rewards if they do!
You can also create schedules for each family member on this family organization app — and sync them too. Users especially like that S’mores Up is entirely ad-free and they never sell your data. Kind of rare these days — and nice! But you’ll pay a small monthly fee in return. (Free, $4.99/month for premium)
Best family organization app for assigning chores (and making them a little more fun): Our Home
Like the S’Mores Up app, The Our Home app lets you assign chores and other tasks to each member of the family and merge calendars, but it also helps you gameify household upkeep, so that siblings can compete for the most points.
Our Home also functions as a smart family organization app since it includes a tool for keeping up with groceries, and any family member can add something when you run out. You know, instead of putting the empty box back in the pantry. What a concept! (Free)
Best family organization app that kind of does it all: The Family Wall
The Family Wall app boasts all of the cool features of the best family organization apps featured here — shared calendars, shopping lists, to-do lists — plus it syncs with your existing Outlook or Google calendar if you upgrade to the paid premium version. If you do, you’ll also get a meal planner, timetable planner, a recipe book, quick grocery lists, and it even keeps track of your family photos and can send you the real-time location of your kids.
The developers behind Family Wall have really thought of everything most families will need, making it a great option if you’re tired of toggling between Tinybeans, FindMyPhone, AnyList, and Microsoft ToDo.
Hey, they’re each good on their own, but it’s kind of nice finding one app that does it all. (Free, $4.99/month for premium)
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