NAME BrightNest (brightnest.com)
WHAT IT IS A place to find household tips, tricks and ideas.
HOW MUCH Free
WHAT’S GOOD If you enjoy discovering ways to keep your home spotless and organized, this is a great website app with a simple, clean design that’s easy to navigate. After you create an account, you’ll be asked basic questions so that the app can customize topics relevant to your home and lifestyle, from basic maintenance to cleaning tricks. The app will make suggestions for tasks (for example, inspect your air ducts), tell you why and how it should be done, what equipment is required, how difficult it is and how much time it will take. Click the calendar icon to add a task to your schedule. The app keeps track of your completed projects. There are handy household hints from both the developer and members, such as a quick way to clean your toilet: Drop an Alka-Seltzer tablet into the bowl, let it fizz and then brush the sides. In the Homefolio section, you can enter details about appliances, paint color and floor type for each room, then receive customized to-dos. The app also has topics on décor, health and recipes. There are mobile apps for Apple (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with iOS 6.1 or later) and Android (devices with OS 4.1 or later).
WHAT’S NOT Although the mobile app syncs with the website app, there’s no way to manually add a task to the schedule on the mobile app.
BOTTOM LINE Get your house in shape in the New Year.