I’m a list-maker. Always have been. I make detailed grocery lists, and epic to-do lists and lofty goal lists. But often those lists go unread by other members of the family, *cough* husband *cough*, and things get forgotten. And then I get frustrated. Can you relate? Moms just have so many things to remember and schedule and plan in order to keep the family moving forward. It’s exhausting. But I’ve discovered this free tool that has helped me learn how to be an organized mom!
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I can’t even tell you the number of times that I have carefully written out a list for my husband before he leaves the house, only to have it lying forgotten on the coffee table. Anyone else’s husband do this?!
Not to mention, now that the boys are getting older, they have soccer practices and swim lessons and appointments that all have to be remembered.
It is so handy to be able to keep all that information in one spot where we can all access it.
What is Cozi?
Cozi is a free family scheduling app. I was hesitant at first because I’m a pen + paper kind of girl. But so far, Cozi has really delivered.
You can use it to store your grocery or shopping list, multiple to-do lists (one for him and one for you!) as well as maintain a calendar of events.
How does it work?
You set it up on your phone first, then you can add family members. They install the app on their phones and sign in with your account. Then everything you input into Cozi will show up on everyone’s phones! So when I add something to the grocery list, my husband will see it. And he can never claim to have lost the list because it’s in his phone!
It’s super handy because if my husband thinks of something we need, he will often forget to write it down. Now he just pops it into the app and I see it right away.
It’s been great for keeping track of upcoming meetings and appointments. My husband often has meetings in the evenings. He tells me weeks in advance, and by the day of the meeting I’ve totally forgotten and I end up annoyed. (I guess wives aren’t perfect either, lol!)
I can see this app being super useful for keeping the schedules of teenage children organized. Especially since these days most teens have their own phones. They would have no excuse for missing practice or appointments!
Can you tell that I love Cozi?!
Haha, so at this point I think I’m starting to sound like a saleswoman. But that’s silly because the app is free! I just seriously love this app.
Yesterday we had errands to run so we decided to divide and conquer. I ran to the fabric store while my husband & kids picked up a few groceries. And for the first time in, maybe ever, I didn’t receive a zillion texts from him asking what we needed! He had all the details in his phone, no need to sheepishly admit that he forgot the list.
Plus I love that I can still add things to the calendar or shopping lists when I’m out and about. No need to force myself to remember them until I get back home and add them to my paper list.
How to be an Organized Mom
I mentioned that Cozi is free, right?! Give it a try, once you get used to it I doubt you’ll ever go back. This is app is a game-changer in terms of how to be an organized mom.
Tell me in the comments, do you have any tricks or apps that help keep your busy family on track?
It’s a great app!
I’m going to have to look into cozi. We currently use google keep for lists but I could definitely use something with a calendar component.
Katie Scott says
I’ve been trying to think of ways that I could digitally sync information to my husband. He’s by far the most forgetful person that I know, and my grandfather has dementia! Anything that can help my husband’s memory is a winner in my world. Thanks for the recommendation!
I asked for planner recommendations on my Facebook page and this app came up several times. I’m a pen and paper gal, but I definitely see the appeal of syncing with the whole family.
For many things I will always stick to pen and paper. But this app works so well for the lists and tasks that everyone needs to know about!
i’m downloading this app right now!
Yay! It’s been so helpful for my family!
Wow, this is perfect! I really need to get this so my husband can have a clue! It’s usually in one ear and out the other!
Haha, I hear ya! And then they all offended when you remind them of things! Oy.