Hack junkmail, take power naps, and ring doorbells: there's an app for that #My favorite things#affiliates#apps#electronics#house guests#phones#sleep March 27 | Cat Rocketship This post features offbeat affiliates, meaning that if you buy something featured, you'll be financially supporting this site's mission of bringing awesomeness to readers everywhere. Photo by MrDerk. Used under Creative Commons license. 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. Related Post Snap a photo of a house to learn everything about it When we were searching for a house, Zillow was a GODSEND. It makes so much relevant housing data available at your fingertips. But I've found... Read more 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? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo 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. PREVIOUS A Belgian B&B fit for a rogue's gallery of guests NEXT Things that seem normal when you live alone Toggle comments [ 6 ] PaperKarma is my favorite app! In two weeks it has gotten me out of 12 pieces of junk mail without me having to wade through to find the opt-out information. Love it! Now I'll have to try that power napping app… Reply HOMETOWN PRIDE for the PaperKarma folks. I used to work with one of the developers at a start-up here in Seattle. GO PAPERKARMA! Reply A+ recommendations! At my 5-adult, all-iphone household, we make liberal use of the speaker dock and the Pandora app for awesome music all the time. Also, Monterrey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch app reminds us what seafood is in season and most sustainable in our area. Reply Can anyone suggest some Android apps for those of us without iPhones? I'm excited about PaperKarma but I would love other make-your-life-easier apps (I literally only have games and just downloaded a grocery list app last night that seems useful (it can sync with my husband! yay!). 1 agrees Reply I'm an Android person, so here's my house-related apps: – Astrid Tasks. I'm horrid at remembering to do periodic chores, so I put them as recurring tasks in Astrid. Magic! – OurGroceries. It's a shopping list app at its core, but I also use it for packing lists for trips. (I have a "recipe" for the things we always need to remember but often forget, like contact lens solution or medications…) – Evernote. My partner and I both use it for our favorite recipes. It's brilliant. – RunKeeper. I'm a Fitocracy addict, and they don't have their own app yet (their iPhone one is launching soon, so I hope the Android one is not too far) but RunKeeper syncs to Fitocracy, so! As a bonus, I believe these are all available on iPhone, too! (As an aside – PaperKarma and Pocket Doorbell both seem to be dual-platform apps as well!) 1 agrees Reply Thank you! I am definitely going to check out Astrid Tasks- that sounds like something I could use! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.