App of the Month: BrightNest

BrightNest app

The BrightNest app can help you stay on top of household tasks and projects.

By Judy Marchman

As a homeowner, you face a never-ending to-do list, whether it’s cleaning and straightening up, working on the lawn or garden, or taking care of various fixit and DIY projects. And if you’re like me, you try to keep up with all of the “shoulds”: You should change your air filters every three months; you should change your smoke detector batteries twice a year; and so on. The trick is keeping up with it all.

The BrightNest home organization app can help you keep track of all those important tasks, from basic maintenance to seasonal cleaning and upkeep. You can schedule reminders through the app for regular or one-time projects, or put together a “wish list” of design and DIY projects you’d like to tackle. Once you’ve taken care of the task, you can mark it as completed.

You can take an interactive home quiz to establish your home’s profile that includes your home’s unique attributes and any personal goals you may have (declutter, clean out the garage, paint the guest room, save for new floors, etc.). The quiz also helps BrightNest provide you with customized household tips or you can browse the app’s repository of home-related articles, which run the gamut from “how do I clean …?” and “how do I fix …?” to simple changes to make your home “greener” and recipes and other entertaining ideas.

You can save your favorite tips and ideas for future reference, and by getting all those little household tasks in one spot, you don’t have to worry about forgetting to take care of things around your home. The only downside is that BrightNest can’t do the actual work for you.

BrightNest can be downloaded for free through the iTunes or Google Play stores and is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile devices.

Judy Marchman is a freelance contributor to NewHomeSource with 20 years of magazine and book publishing experience. You can find her on Google+.

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