How I use Trello to Manage My Home

I recently purchased a new home with my wife, and in our moving frenzy we searched for ways to make it easier to track house issues, to-dos, and projects. We found a few resources like BrightNest and HomespotHQ, but neither offered exactly what we wanted and seemed a bit too “revenue focused” - that is, trying to sell us products for our new home thinly veiled as advice. We even saw someone using Github!

At work, my coworkers and I were using Trello to track our web software development projects, and while using it one day I realized it would probably work great for house issue tracking! I set up a Trello Board (“House Maintenance”) and invited my wife. The ability to sign in via Google OAuth was a nice feature (no extra passwords to memorize!).

Here are some of the features of Trello and how they work great as a House Management app:

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The entire board is a “status” of all our projects - not started, started, and completed The “Filters” functionality allows you to see only certain views of your data that are pertinent to you (I like the “Urgent tasks that are assigned to me” filter).

The filter choices: Trello Filters

Filtered cards: My cards, filtered

Trello has worked out well for us so far. The one thing it doesn’t offer is ideas for house-specific things that we should be doing (like replacing the furnace filter) - we have to remember to add those things ourselves.

What do you use to manage your house?

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