5 Apps to Refresh and Organize Your Home

If you’ve ever taken a look around the house and seen the dozen or so little projects that await your attention — things to be fixed, cleaned, moved, sold, boxed, tossed, and so on and so on, you’ll appreciate this roundup of apps focused on home improvement, decorating, design and more.

On the other hand, sometimes a home just needs a little freshening up as your style and tastes evolve over time. If your abode is in need of a makeover, look no further. Herein you’ll find tips and tricks, plus plenty of inspiration. Now roll up your sleeves and click “more” to get started.

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BrightNest is a fun and useful app for getting things done around the house — cleaning, decorating, maintenance and more. It can deliver tips and tasks based on your interests and goals, such as saving money or greening up your home, plus take into consideration details specific to your situation, for example, whether you have a pet.

The app’s focus is on helping you simplify your life by restoring order to your household in every possible way, so you can expect tips for completing chores like washing the dishes and doing the laundry more efficiently, as well as how-to’s for basic maintenance tasks and ideas for creative decorating projects.

BrightNest can even save a schedule for you to keep track of chores, as well as provide you with reminders (when was the last time you changed your air filter?). All of this, combined with a brightly colored interface and cheery content, makes the app the closest thing you might ever have to a personal assistant just for your home!

Price: Free
Developer: BrightNest
Download: iTunes


Browse images of real properties advertised in Idealista, as well as celebrity homes and gorgeous hotels located around the world, all handpicked by the Idealista team to provide you with design and decor inspiration.

Check out photo galleries that cover the rooms or areas you’re interested in the most — kitchen, courtyard, terrace, living room, garden, facade, dining room, etc. — to gather great ideas you can keep for reference or show the architect or interior designer you’re currently working with.

You can open an image in full screen, save it to your device, like it, or share it with others via email, Twitter or Facebook. And be prepared to lose a significant amount of time to taking in all the eye candy.

Price: Free
Developer: Idealista
Download: iTunes


A cornucopia of information and advice regarding modern architecture and design, Dwell’s app has been designed very much with mobile devices in mind. Which is why you’ll no doubt appreciate the easy navigation, intuitive layout and smart menu.

View videos and slideshows highlighting what’s hot in modern home design and decorating. Browse product collections complete with high-quality images and informative write-ups. And educate yourself with the regularly updated editorial content covering trends and news.

And because it wouldn’t be complete without some way to share all your brilliant finds and ideas, Dwell also features Facebook and Twitter integration. Now you can get second and third opinions on that coffee table you can’t make your mind up about …

Price: Free
Developer: Zumobi Network
Download: iTunes

Houzz Interior Design Ideas

Houzz claims to have the largest database of home design ideas anywhere on the Internet, with more than 1 million high-resolution images categorized according to style, room and location. Save the ones you love to your virtual “ideabook,” which is completely searchable, and any of the ideas can easily be shared while you’re on the go.

One of the greatest aspects of the app is the large community you’ll become a part of as soon as you join a design discussion. Members of the Houzz community are encouraged to share their questions and conundrums through the app so that others can weigh in. If there’s a project you want to take on but aren’t sure how to start, chances are, someone else has tried it and can offer advice.

The app also affords the opportunity to browse products curated by the Houzz editorial team, plus content by top designers, architects, contractors and other industry professionals.

Price: Free
Developer: Houzz Inc.
Download: iTunes


If you’re already addicted to Remodelista.com, then you likely already know and adore its app; and if you aren’t already a fan, you will be soon. With this app you can get your daily dose of home design content from the website, including gorgeous architecture, thoughtful products and fun and stylish how-to’s.

But wait, there’s more. To keep you organized, the app can save products or ideas to your Design Files. Looking to remodel your front entryway? Bookmark tiles, paint colors, artwork and anything else you like or will find useful as you take on the project.

If you’re interested in a certain topic, you’ll appreciate the categories view — but you can also hide them if you’d rather just browse without distraction.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Remodelista LLC
Download: iTunes

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Where does your home design inspiration come from? And which apps are crucial to your home improvement and other DIY projects? Let us know in the comments below.