By Scott Baughman
Sure you dust and mop and do a little spring cleaning at the old homestead, but did you know now’s a great time to do some spring cleaning on your smartphone, too? Face it, we all have those five or six apps we use regularly, and then a few dozen homescreens worth of apps we never open. Whether it be that hot new game that everyone had to have a few years ago that eventually went nowhere (I’m looking at you, Flappy Bird!) or that workout app that was supposed to change your fitness regime – there are likely several hundred megabytes (if not a full gigabyte!) of apps and their attendant data that you can clear off your device to both restore storage space AND cut down on battery drain as the pull on the system resources gets reduced.
But after you clear off that space, what are you to do? Why, download some new apps for spring, of course! Here are seven apps in no particular order that you should likely check out – and best of all, they’re completely free to download.
- Wunderlist: Look, we all hate to-do lists set up in the traditional way (and especially “honey-do lists” for the husbands out there, am I right?) but with the Wunderlist app you can stay on track in digital style. You can even create lists that you can share across other users’ platforms and of course check tasks off when they’re done.
- Poshmark: Spring cleaning plans include cleaning out your closet, don’t they? Why not scrounge up some extra scratch while you’re tidying up. With Poshmark, you can create an account and a profile that lists your sizing details and lets you upload pictures of the clothes you don’t need or want any more. Then, you can sell the clothes and accessories to make a little extra dough. Also, you can shop in other people’s collections for up to 70 percent off retail! Did I mention there’s a version of this app available for the Apple Watch?
- wikiHow: You’ve got some decent weather to look forward to for once (man, it was a cold winter!) so naturally you’re going to have some household projects on tap for the weekends soon. Wouldn’t it be great if you could easily find out how to tackle that fuse replacement or headlight cleaning task? Well now you can with this app that is part of the Wikipedia world. wikiHow offers more than 180,000 how-to guides with step-by-step instructions including pictures and even videos.
- Goodwill Locations: Ok, let’s said you’d rather donate those old clothes or unused items instead of selling them with the Poshmark app. Well, your smartphone is there for you to support your philanthropy by helping you donate to Goodwill. The app includes directions to your nearest Goodwill location, store hours and even has a “donation impact calculator” to show you how much your donation will affect those who receive it.
- RetailMeNot: Not everyone is up for buying a new mattress every spring, but you might be in the market for a new vacuum cleaner for your spring Cleaning. Or maybe you’re going to get that new tool set to finish those tasks on your spring chores list in style. Either way, you can download the RetailMeNot coupon app to make sure you get the best deals on whatever you’re buying this season. The app lists deals and coupons from more than 50,000 retailers and provides personalized recommendations and notifications when new deals arrive or existing deals are about to go dead. This app also has an Apple Watch version for free download.
- Workout Trainer: Ok, so you’re New Year’s Resolution to exercise every day was a bit of a bust. No worries! You can get back on that horse now that spring is here with a free download of the Workout Trainer app. You’ve still got plenty of time to get into shape for the summer season so great news – there’s also an Apple Watch version of this app. The workout app from Skimble includes photos, videos and audio instructions for a variety of exercises and works great whether your focus is on Yoga or weightlifting.
- TaskRabbit: We all know the real reason we got these smartphones was to make life easier, right? And what better way to do that during spring chore season than to use this free app to – hire someone else to do all those tasks for you! Post what task you need done – such as cleaning, shopping, moving furniture or handiwork – and the app will show you the hourly rates for the best qualified taskers. Hiring someone via TaskRabbit is easy, but remember there is an hour minimum and you’ll have to pay a service fee for each “tasker” you hire. Still, I’m sure SOMEBODY out there is better at cleaning leaves out of the gutters than I am, right?
Ok, there are my recommendations for how to get better use out of your smartphone this season. Until next time … Download Complete!