I live and breathe by the calendar on my electronic devices. I have all of the kid’s schedules in one place, color coded, so I can see where everyone should be and when they need to be picked up. But, since I’m never satisfied, I was curious to find out if there might be a better solution. I decided to check out Cozi, a family organization app, where you can house each family member’s schedule in one place. They also offer a ton of other features, including a recipe box, shopping list, to do list, printable planner pages and a journal. All of these features are offered for free, with in app banner advertising. You can access more features and get an ad free experience for $29.99 per year. It appears that the paid version allows for search options and more personalization.
Was it a better solution? I can’t tell you. I never made the transition. Honestly, I found the upfront time investment way too cumbersome for me to jump from my existing system. I already have everyone’s schedule in one place, synced across devices. I can share reminders and notes and my kids generally respond when I text them that I need them to do something.
One feature that I thought was really great was the recipe box. You can search for recipes and meal plan for the entire week, plus add all of the ingredients straight into a shopping list. This seemed very useful for someone who does such things. I think it’s been well established that I am not one of those people.
Overall, my research into Cozi made me feel pretty confident in the system that I already have in place. My family is on iPhones and the built in features are useful and work well together. I actually like to have my calendar, notes and reminders in separate apps, but maybe that’s just because I’m used to it. Do you use a family organization app? Paper calendars? How do you manage the mental mom load?