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Getting Organized with a Virtual Family Calendar

by Jennie on April 16, 2013

I have been trying out different calendar methods and they all kept falling short. I am one of those that has to have a tangible calendar so that I can look at our month and as a whole, but I also like to have a virtual calendar as well for when we are on the go.

I would love to have an iPhone because I could sync my iPad with it, but I get my current phone and plan for free through hubby’s work so I doubt that will happen unless they change providers. My iPad calendar is what I use as my main calendar, but then I would be out with just my phone and not be able to make appts etc. because I didn’t have my iPad calendar. Needless to say, my system wasn’t working.

I read somewhere about Cozi and what a popular family calendar app it is so I thought I would give it a try. I LOVE IT!!! You can download it on any device you have and they all sync with each other. I download it to my phone, my iPad and Steve’s phone so we both have access to it. If you have older kids with phones, you could put it on theirs as well.

cozi calendar app

All the things I love about it:

  • The whole family can log in with a shared family password and see what each individual has going on so you don’t have to worry about scheduling conflicts!
  • Each person is color coded so you can keep it organized!
  • You can set reminders for any scheduled event and it will text you with the alert. I can even add something and have it send directly to Steve so he knows of an important event that was just scheduled!
  • The app also includes a To Do list, Shopping List (which you can add multiple stores so you can keep track of what you need from where!) and a Journal so everyone can add their grocery needs etc and it all goes to one place!

I am hoping this keeps me more organized as the kids get older and things get busier with school and sporting events. The only drawback is that you can’t see the entire month in one view :( You have to upgrade to the plus app which is $5 a month….not sure that I need to do that at this point.

My plan is to log everything into my Cozi calendar and then transfer the events to my wall calendar at the beginning of each month (stay tuned as I will be sharing my “command center” makeover soon!). I will keep you posted on how it goes.

I would love to hear how you keep your scheduled events organized! What type of calendar system do you use?

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Maddie February 16, 2014 at 10:27 am

Just checking in almost a year later, if you're still using Cozi. It would be interesting to learn how often you used it since you posted your article and what you like and didn't like, overall. Great site, and keep up the helpful tips!

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Motherhood Support February 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm

I LOVE this app! We use it as our main calendar! I have gotten much better about putting everything and I mean EVERYTHING on it! It texts us with alerts, my hubby and I can both see each others schedules and it keeps us all in sync! I like that I can add my shopping list there too so my hubby can run to the store on his way home to pick up what we need! Ok let's be honest, I pick up the groceries, but the thought is nice right?! lol

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