10 Must-Have Apps to Streamline Your Life

UPDATED: May 23, 2024
PUBLISHED: November 17, 2017

1. Sortly

(Free; iOS only)

Organize your items into a virtual inventory so you know exactly what you have and where it is. This app can also be used to streamline moving or for creating a small-business inventory.

2. OfferUp


If you declutter your home but have some items of value, don’t immediately trash them. Upload a photo of the item with pricing and detailed information, and users in your area will see it and be able to purchase it. Think of it as a virtual garage sale.

3. Handy


If you’ve had a clogged drain for months and keep putting off fixing it, this app will make it easier for you. Find top-rated cleaners and repair people in your area. Just input what you need done, and pay through the app.

4. Acorns


Want to invest your money, but too lazy to put in the effort each time payday rolls around? Download Acorns, which collects your spare change from purchases and invests it into your own diversified portfolio.

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5. Workflow

(Free; iOS only)

Automate all facets of your busy life with this all-in-one app. Create workflows for everything from regularly deleting a certain number of photos on your phone to setting up annual appointments, and Workflow will complete the tasks for you.

6. If This Then That (IFTTT)


Simplify your life with this app, which creates shortcut buttons for the tasks you do most commonly on your phone. You can create shortcuts for things like texting your spouse when you’re on the way home, starting a new video recording or ordering an Uber.

7. Launch Center Pro

($2.99; iOS only)

Self-described as the speed dial app for everyday tasks, this app allows you to create shortcuts for everyday tasks, such as calling your mother, doing a quick search of Wikipedia, browsing Yelp for the closest salad spot or taking a photo and messaging it to a group.

8. Ibotta


Ibotta makes saving money on groceries easy. Search Ibotta for cash-back rebates at your local grocery story, shop for your groceries, and then scan photos of your receipts. After you submit your receipts, the app will send you money from the rebates you redeemed through PayPal or Venmo.

9. Clear

($9.99; iOS only)

This simple and easy-to-use to-do list app is perfect for the incessant list keeper. The app allows you to quickly create to-do’s and organize your tasks into separate lists, so you can have one for personal items and one for professional items.

10. Pocket


If you tend to surf social media throughout the day and see articles that pique your interest but are fairly long, this is the app for you. Pocket allows you to save articles, videos and websites for later when you’ll have time to digest them.

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