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Hack junkmail, take power naps, and ring doorbells: there's an app for that

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Smartphone users! Have you availed yourself of any technologies to hack your house? There are iPhone and Android apps available which can control your thermostat or help you decorate a room or even just make grocery lists you can sync between multiple phones. I love the new Reminders feature on iOS 5; it's set to remind me to turn on the lights in my makeshift nursery, and off again 12 hours later, every day through planting time.

So there are lots of ways to hack your house with your smartphone, and here's a look at three of them: one zaps junk mail, one programs power naps, and one is a magical doorbell.

PaperKarma ends junkmail

I get way more junkmail than actual mail, and it's so frustrating! I'm using PaperKarma: Just snap a photo of a piece of junkmail and send it to PaperKarma, and the app removes you from the appropriate list. It's like a junkmail opt-out automator.

Get it: FREE for a limited time! Via Unconsumption.

Make the most of your sleep with Sleep Machine

A two-in-one white noise machine and nap-guide, Sleep Machine has a rep as a best-in-class of sleep apps — it does the job of $5.99 apps, but at just $1.99.

Get it: $1.99 on iTunes. Via Lifehacker.

Say "I'm here" with Pocket Doorbell

Pocket Doorbell is my favorite. If you think it's too much work to type the message "i'm here," when you get to a friends' place, just set up your pocket doorbell, and it'll do it for you. It keeps a list of friends you visit often, and will text or call them when you ring their doorbell.

Get it: $.99 on iTunes. Via Swiss Miss.

What apps do you use to help you manage YOUR house?

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About Cat Rocketship

I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things.