HOW TO

Get Your Family Organized

Tap for family-management apps to help your kin collaborate.

From juggling multiple school calendars to planning meals, keeping your family going can feel like running a small business. Thankfully, these family-management apps can help by putting essential organizational tools in one place.

Picniic

In addition to a calendar, shopping list, and to-do list, this chipper-looking app also offers a meal planner, a secure place to store sensitive family info, and the ability for family members to share their location with one another. Picniic packages it all in a colorful dashboard that can serve as a vibrant family hub.

Picniic's Family Locator lets loved ones share their whereabouts in real time.

    Family Organizer by Picniic

    Shared Family Calendar & Lists

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Trello

Trello is unique in that it lets you organize all things digital—photos, web links, PDFs, and more—as “cards” on a virtual board. Although Trello is a favorite among businesses, the app is just as adept for domestic projects. Assign cards to your family members and watch your own to-do list start shrinking in no time.

    Trello — organize anything!

    Complete your life’s projects

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FamCal

There’s nothing fancy about the calendar, to-do list, and notes in FamCal—which is the whole point. Use it to create events, share tasks and shopping lists, and write notes for just about anything you need.

    FamCal: Shared Family Calendar

    A Shared Family Organizer App

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Cozi

Cozi Family Organizer covers the basics of keeping everyone on schedule and includes a couple of extras, like a recipe box and a journal for cataloging the family’s adventures.

    Cozi Family Organiser

    Shared Calendar & Lists

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Treehouse

If you want to move beyond basic calendars and task lists, try Treehouse Family Organizer. It offers family messaging, photo sharing, a social-media-like feed of your family’s posts, and a handy day-at-a-glance view.

Treehouse's Feed culls essential info from your family members—and displays the current weather.

Calroo

Calroo is a family organizer that puts an emphasis on permissions and collaboration. There are shared calendars and tasks, but you can also keep certain events, like a surprise birthday party, private from some members. You can also ask a family member to help you with a task or event with a single swipe, and the app makes it just as easy for them to reply (hopefully soon!).