An extremely simple online solution for tracking and sharing home improvement (or any) to-dos.
Restoring a house basically comes down to a million-and-one simple 'to-dos.' If it wasn't tough enough learning how to sister a joint, you have to keep track of all the different things you'll need to pick up at the store, too.
In our house this is complicated by two things:
In to this quagmire now enter Ta-Da Lists, a cute little website that actually makes creating, tracking and sharing to-do lists simple and even fun!
The site really is so simple that a description of how it works almost seems goofy...after you create an account you can create up to 10 different lists, each holding as many to-dos as you like. You then specify other people you want to share your list with via a simple email invite form.
The neat thing in my opinion is how easy it is to track your list in different ways. Simple buttons along the right hand side allow you to email the current to yourself or, if your a fan of RSS newsreaders you can have updates to your list syndicated too. In my case, this means any updates Jeannie or I make to the list appear automatically on my My Yahoo! page, like this:
This all certainly isn't rocket science, but I think Ta-Da Lists is exceptionally effective because the company behind the site--37Signals--takes design very seriously. If you've ever picked up an iPod you'll recognize the same feeling here--the simplicity of the design disguises the fact that lots of planning took place behind the scenes.
So, if your renovating a house (or if your just trying to get your spouse to remember to do stuff) I suggest trying it out!
PS--37Signals offers another website called BaseCamp that's a more robust project-management tool. I'm thinking of trying it out and will report back if I find it is useful as a more elaborate solution...