Moving Home? Get Organised with Apps
Even the most organised and orderly amongst us need a bit of help with motivation from time to time. Moving home can be a particularly stressful time, and although they haven’t yet invented the technology to take care of the whole shebang from start to finish, there are loads of free online tools and apps that can help you track your time and tasks – and even give you some respite from the madness of moving. We’ve rounded up a few of the best – including those that work for us.
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Zoopla – Whether you’re buying, renting, selling or letting, the Zoopla app is a must-have, and keeps you up to speed on the latest properties, prices, running costs and market trends.
Google Keep – Keeping You On Track
Good old Google has the market just about covered in terms of productivity with its extensive suite of apps and tools. Google Keep is becoming a firm favourite, as it allows you to quickly capture what’s on your mind and set a reminder later – even at the right place. This feature comes into its own if you need to buy for example bin liners when you get to the supermarket – up pops your reminder when you get there. You can dictate voice memos, capture photos (including receipts and other documents) and organise them with colours and labels too so they’re easy to find.
Get Sorted with Sortly
Sortly is an inventory app that does what it says on the tin. It lets you create a visual inventory by taking photos of your items or scanning QR codes. After you input your items, you can sort them into folders by location and keep track of inventory in boxes – ideal if you’re moving home. You can also tag certain items for easy searching, and include purchase and warranty dates for even more detail. Sorted.
If you’ve got a big task ahead, and you know you’ll struggle to stay motivated, try the Pomodoro Timer and To-Do List app. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that helps you manage time-intensive jobs by breaking them down into manageable chunks of time. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks.
Straighten Up and Hang Right
Although not quite as accurate as an actual spirit level, Bubble Level is a reliable guide to never hanging a crooked picture again – it’s a spirit level in your phone! Bubble Level is a great app that does exactly what its name says – display a digital bubble level that you can use to make sure your paintings and photos are straight.
Choose colour for your new home with confidence with this fantastic app from Dulux. The easy to use app lets you pick a colour from anywhere, and, with augmented reality technology, allows you to see the colours live in your living space. You can save as a video or photo; which you can also share with your family and friends if you’re finding it difficult to narrow down your colour choice.
And finally…some light relief…
Not that we need another reason to waste time, but sometimes during packing up a house move, a bit of light relief is required and one app that’s easy to use and calming can be found in the shape of Paint by Number – therapeutic colouring-in and puzzles for everyone!