As a young adult who’s only been out of my parents house, out of college and on my own for a few years, I’m going to admit that I know very little about maintaining a household. I find myself constantly asking my parents, friends and Google for tips on home remedies or how to fix things. So at the risk of sounding like an infomercial, let me introduce you to BrightNest, a free lifestyle and organization app available on Google Play and the Apple App Store that not only helps me, but can also help you perform and complete those unpleasant household chores.
At its core, BrightNest is a tool that helps break down the daunting task that is maintaining a household. The app uses a simple questionnaire to personalize your account so that it only offers information and tips that are relevant to you. The app asks if you own a water heater, furnace, pets, a yard, trees and a garage, to name a few example. BrightNest then takes that information and creates simple to-do lists and helpful tips to not only maintain the home environment, but to improve it as well. You'll find articles that explain how to maintain your fridge and freezer and clean your carpet, as well as tips like how to de-stress your home environment, protect it from burglary and how to recycle takeout containers for home decor and storage.
Unlike other websites and lifestyle applications, BrightNest also offers all of this wonderful information in a clear and concise manner. Scrolling through your weekly tasks is a breeze, and BrightNest makes completing them even easier by setting up a customizable schedule with reminders and giving approximate completion times for each task. This makes working around the house a much more manageable task for anybody and is a huge plus for anyone with a busy schedule.
Another great feature of of BrightNest is its ability to add other members of the household to an account. This means that you can create to-do lists that everybody can see and contribute to. I’m sure my mom would have loved this when I was growing up. I swear I just never noticed that the trash was full, Mom.
By visiting the BrightNest website, users can input even more information into their account. There’s a spot to add things like water heater and furnace information so that when you need to recall the manufacturer and model number of your utilities, you no longer have to dig through folders and drawers. You can also add info for emergency contacts, roofing, siding and window information and much more.
When you combine all of these great features with a nice presentation and design and a free download price, you get a fantastic app that is a trailblazer for how home organization and lifestyle apps should be designed.
The Good: BrightNest has a great look and design, a ton of useful features like scheduling and connecting with friends and family and, most importantly, useful content.
The Bad: The only thing this app doesn’t do is the chores themselves, so you really can’t complain.
The Verdict: BrightNest needs to be in your download queue. I couldn’t be happier with the helpful tips and proactive maintenance information that's available right when I need it. It's clear that BrightNest has its users' best interests at heart with this app. The information is incredibly helpful and the app is ridiculously smooth. Download BrightNest for free on the Play Store or the App Store.