Wednesday, 18 January 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
If you're feeling stressed out by life's daily dose of details, it's time to get organized.
Whether it's your schedule, your house, or your photos in a jumble, there's no time like the New Year to resolve to organize your life.
And there are many new, technological tools out there to help.
Organize Your Schedule
When it comes to your schedule, are you still stuck on sticky notes? It's time to go digital so you can access your information when and where you need it. A mobile and online calendar and organizer can help you stay on top of your schedule by consolidating your family members' calendars and lists all in one place.
Consider a service that is available as an app on your mobile phone or tablet (as well as online) and synchronizes with your Outlook calendar. For example, Cozi (www.cozi.com), an online and mobile calendar and organizer for families, sends users email and text reminders about upcoming events and tasks, and helps manage meal planning and shopping lists.
With reminders coming directly to your phone about what to pick up for dinner or what time the school play begins, you won't miss a beat.
If after a full season of holiday activities you could use an extra hand getting your home, pantry and family back in order, consider using services like Alice.com, an online marketplace for household essentials.
It's all about simplifying errands and restocking your shelves with the essentials you need, saving you time, money and trips to the store.
"For the primary shopper of the family, getting stocked up doesn't have to mean running from store to store," says Mark McGuire, President and Co-Founder of Alice.com. "There are faster, more cost-efficient ways to shop for everyday items, and with one less errand to run, shoppers will have more free time to enjoy for themselves or with their families."
Such services help budget-conscious shoppers with competitive pricing, free delivery, instant coupons and simple management of household goods. Alice.com, for example, even has a free iPhone app as well, so you can stay organized on the go.
Organize Your Memories
If you love your camera or smartphone, you probably already have a ton of photos and videos that need to be organized.
You don't have to do the hard work if you choose a hosting site to protect, backup and share your photos. Be sure to pick one that has unlimited upload capability and privacy customization options.
Whether you're sharing photos with Grandma, or running a business, a site like SmugMug (www.smugmug.com) lets you set the look of your site or gallery.
There's no need to feel harried by the myriad details of managing your household. With a little work and the right tools, you can stay on top of your tasks in the new year.