Guide • March 18, 2013

Spring Cleaning 2013

Tidy up everything from files to closets with these 16 helpful tools
  • Shopilly

    Shopilly is an uber-handy tool that extracts all the marketing emails clogging up your inbox and arranges them in a Pinterest-style board for virtual window shopping.

    Go to Shopilly

  • Trovebox

    Your digital photo collection spans Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, and about five other sites. Trovebox collects all your photos into one big album and stores it in the cloud.

  • Agenda

    A manageable schedule starts with a clean calendar. Agenda for iPhone, iPad, and Android makes it feel like you’re using a simple paper calendar – one with serious digital prowess.

    Go to Agenda

  • Attachments.Me

    10,000 emails and you’re supposed to find a photo attachment from two years ago? Try for Gmail, which catalogs everything you’ve sent and received for lightening quick searching.

  • PaperKarma

    The only thing worse that junk email is junk real mail. PaperKarma for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone allows you to unsubscribe from all forms of physical junk mail by simply taking a picture of it.

    Go to PaperKarma

  • Contacts+

    Updating your address book is a time-honored spring cleaning tradition. Luckily, doing so on your phone only requires an app like Contacts+, which turbo boosts your contacts with everything from photos to Twitter handles.

    Go to Contacts+

  • Postable

    The easiest way to update your actual address book? Make others do it for you. Postable generates a custom link to send to select friends allowing them to update their entry in your address book.

    Go to Postable

  • CleanMyMac andCleanMyPC

    The great, unspoken mess in your digital life: your computer. These two tools – CleanMyMac2 and  CleanMyPC – automatically and intuitively clean your cache, trash, and other pesky system slowdowns.

    Go to CleanMyMac and CleanMyPC

  • Clean Master

    Android phones get cluttered. It happens. In less than a minute, Clean Master automatically disposes of the app cache, unused files, and your cumbersome search history. It even includes one-tap app uninstallation.

    Go to Clean Master

  • Collections.Me

    Can’t remember where you put that video of your cousin singing “Born To Run”? Facebook? YouTube? Twitter? Collections is a Mac tool that connects to your social networks and allows you to search them all simultaneously.

  • Carrot

    Clearing off your to-do list will take some motivation. Guided by the age-old adage, “Spare the rod, spoil the full-grown adult,” Carrot uses not-so-veiled insults and threats to make sure you achieve your goals.

    Go to Carrot

  • Cozi

    Soccer is on Tuesdays at 5, violin is on Thursdays at 4, and karate is… wait, who takes karate again? If you’re a busy parent, make sure you have Cozi, a family planner app that coordinates everyone’s activities.

    Go to Cozi

  • LikeTwice and Thredup

    You can hastily throw unwanted clothes in a trash bag, or you can fill a garment bag from LikeTwice (for women’s apparel) or ThredUp (for kids apparel), mail it in for free, and take a cut of the profits when they are sold.

    Go to LikeTwice and ThredUp

  • PageOnce

    You get bills for heat, electricity, water, internet, TV, gas, the personal French chef… who can handle all that? PageOnce lets you pay everything right from your app. Then get back to the crème brulee.

  • Trello

    Getting others to work well together usually requires begging, pleading, and bribery. Trello makes delegating and getting things done so easy you can save the donuts for something more important – like your kitchen.

    Go to Trello

  • Winston

    Want to buy yourself some free time? Winston for iPhone reads you the weather, news, and the day’s social media updates while you brush your teeth, eat your breakfast, and commute to work. Who said multitasking was hard?