The arrival of summer might mean the end of hectic school and weekday activity schedules, but it doesn’t mean there’s any let up from staying on top of things. For busy parents and kids, daily summertime routines may be anything but business as usual, which is why staying organized can spell the difference between enjoying the summer breeze or spiraling into chaos. Check out our roundup of the best apps to help keep you calm, cool and collected.


Instead of spending all of your time creating lists and reminders to get things done, imagine an app that automates some of those basic tasks for you. That’s the beauty of IFTTT (an acronym for “if this, then that). This handy app lets you automate Internet-based tasks that range from sharing adorable vacation pics of your kids across your social channels to adjusting your connected thermostat and turning off your connected lights at home while you’re out of town. With more than 400 apps that work with IFTTT, including Gmail, Instagram, Spotify, and Weather Underground, and integration with devices such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Nest and Philips Hue, IFTTT aims to simplify your life through smart automation.

Free for iOS and Android


What are your favorite apps to help get organized? Share with us in the Comments!

—Kipp Jarecke-Cheng