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9 must-have tech tools for an organized family

Say farewell to chaos and hello to a smooth school year with these online tools that will keep your family on track, on schedule, and on the same page.

By Christina Tynan-Wood

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Farewell to family chaos

The marked-up kitchen calendar. The cluster of kid-related schedules held by so many magnets on the fridge. The school forms languishing at the bottom of your purse. These stabs at “family organization” had their place... in the old days. Lucky you — to be living in the digital age that boasts a wealth of organizational tools to ensure that every form to sign, schedule to coordinate, and activity to attend doesn’t fall through the cracks. Our tech expert serves up nine online products that could transform your home from a certifiable disaster area to an oasis of order — just in time for the new school year.

Christina Tynan-Wood writes the Family Tech column in Family Circle magazine, the Family Tech blog at, the Spark! Blog at and has written about technology for dozens of national magazines.