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Eight apps to make spring cleaning feel less like a chore

Jasmine France | April 25, 2014
Ah, spring: A time of torrential rain, wicked allergies, and the oh-so-pleasant ritual of cleaning your house.

Sell your stuff

Remember, clothes aren't the only things you can donate or sell. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to get rid of everything from electronics to furniture. For anything that's not too worn out, try listing it using the CPro Craigslist Client (free; Android and iOS).

You can take photos of your items, create a listing, and respond to interested buyers all within the app itself. CPro also lets you edit posts and makes it easy to re-list items after an ad expires.

Clean up your phone

No cleansing is complete without addressing your digital life as well. It's easy to forget that our phones suffer from clutter as well, and considering how much we use them, it shouldn't be a surprise. There are many, many apps out there to help you de-clutter your device, and most of them are free. For Android, one of the most popular is Clean Master  (free). This app is extremely simple and limited on options, but it gets the job done. It identifies junk files in your cache and cleans them with one touch, lets you uninstall bloat-ware, and offers a one-tap memory boost feature. It also includes a security scan option that helps keep your personal information safe.

iPhone users will be well served by Cleaner  (free), another simple app that provides limited but useful features. The app shows you the speed performance of your device and how much memory is in use, and then let's you clean it up with one touch. There's also a one-tap cache cleaner that's recommended for once- or twice-a-month use.

Keep your home tip top

Cleaning will be even easier in the future if you keep everything in order on a regular basis. To that end, Android users can check out FlyHelper (free). This app offers a simple, well-structured main menu that gives you access to several useful features. Routines let you set repeating tasks, Zones help you control how you keep your house clean and Menu Planner prompts you to plan weekly meals. The Day Plan feature loads your daily routines and which zone you need to clean, and provides a "flight plan" with general tips and prompts to keep your day organized.

For the iOS set, there's HomeRoutines ($5), a feature-packed checklist app that rewards your accomplishments with gold stars. With HomeRoutines, you can set the recurrence structure of your tasks anywhere from daily to seasonally, or just use the integrated to-do list for one-off tasks. There's also a timer for speed cleaning challenges, as well as a "Focus Zones" section, which includes detailed cleaning lists based on areas of the home.


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