How to use Apple Reminders to track your house chores

The Apple Reminders app is a great tool for managing household chores. It's easy to use and allows for sharing with others.


The Apple Reminders app is a useful tool for managing tasks and to-do lists, as it is a built-in feature on Apple devices and is available for free to all Apple users. Its simple and user-friendly interface makes it easy to create and organize reminders, set due dates and times, and even assign tasks to specific people. Additionally, the app allows for sharing of lists with other Apple users, which is particularly useful for households.

While the Apple Reminders app is a good option for Apple users, it is not the only one available. There are other alternatives such as Todoist, and Google Keep, which offers similar functionality but may come with a cost for certain features, particularly for shared lists.

Personally, I use this approach to keep on top of all our household chores and really like the ability to share the chores with members of the household. Typically on an ad-hoc base we also negotiate and trade chores as we become bored of repeating them every week. Different chores have different weightings depending on the member of the household, so eventually, the workload evens out.

Start with a list of chores

Breaking down tasks into manageable chunks is an effective way to increase productivity and make it easier to complete the tasks. This can be achieved by dividing a larger task into smaller, more manageable parts. Each part should be able to be completed within a set time frame, such as 15-30 minutes.

For example, if you have a task to clean the house, you could break it down into smaller tasks such as:

  1. Cleaning the kitchen (dishes, countertops, sink)
  2. Vacuuming or sweeping the living room
  3. Dusting the bedrooms
  4. Cleaning the bathrooms (toilet, shower, sink)
  5. Doing the laundry
  6. Cleaning the windows

Each of these smaller tasks should be able to be completed within 15-30 minutes. This will allow you to focus on one specific task at a time and not feel overwhelmed by the larger task.

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