How do you organize your phone home screens?

I'll unlock my phone and snag a screenshot if you do the same. Let's talk about how we organize our precious pocket computers.

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You can see the Simple Calendar widget in the center (with a few names blacked out, because, well, birthdays are special). You also see a few standard apps, an icon in the upper right that unfolds a list of contact options for my wife, and Kik Messenger, which I consider a must-have app for any household split between Android and iOS (or just looking to keep SMS plans in check). At the top, you see three verb-based folders: Read, Listen, and Share. Those aren’t actual folders, though. They’re tiny shortcuts, created by Apps Organizer. The main benefit over Android’s standard folders is that these shortcuts automatically close their folder-like contents once you pick your app, as opposed to the Android keep-open practice that will slowly drive you insane. At the bottom is nothing, just how I like it.

The screen to the right contains my secondary apps and a standard Power Control widget:

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Up in the upper-left is a widget to show when Alarm Clock Xtreme is set to go off and slowly fade in the theme to Legend of Zelda, and then force me to solve a mid-level math problem to turn it off. A flashlight app in the upper-right and a few security and utility apps and shortcuts make up the the third row down.

On my left-most screen are all the things I want to know at a glance: what’s the weather like today and this week, what’s on my to-do list, and what’s playing on Google Music, so I usually pause or skip it.

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And that’s about it for my phone.

How about yours? How do you organize your apps, folders, and widgets? Is there a theme or mission, or did it evolve over use?

Share your screens, or at least your descriptions, and I’ll compile them for a best-of post later on in this same space. I promise this: it will be at least more fun to read than an update on the HTC-Apple European patent struggle.

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