6 Apps That Will Save You A Ton Of Time On Chores
You get home after a long day of work and all you want to do is pass out on your couch and binge watch some Netflix. But you can’t because — chores. In addition to buying groceries for tonight’s meal, you need to get around to installing that new dresser from IKEA that’s been sitting in a big box in your room for the past couple weeks. So instead of giving yourself some much-needed TLC, you end up running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to check off everything on your never-ending post-work to-do list. Luckily, the tech world has brought us countless new service apps that can help you knock off a chore from your to-do list with the click of a button (or, in this case, with a tap on your phone). Here are six of our favorites for every one of your most dreaded chores.
1. For your laundry and dry cleaning needs — Cleanly
If your apartment lacks a washer and dryer or you simply don’t have the time (or will) to do your own laundry, consider downloading the Cleanly app. The app lets you specify when and where you want your laundry to be picked up from and when you’d like it to be ready. Both your laundry and your dry cleaning can be cleaned and delivered back to you within 24 hours. If you live in a walkup you’ll love the fact that the Cleanly delivery squad will carry your hefty bag of laundry up and down the stairs for you (speaking from experience).
Regular wash and fold will cost you $1.5 per pound and delivery is $4.99 per order, unless your order comes out to be more than $30, in which case delivery is free. If you like the app after trying it out a couple times, consider subscribing to one of the app’s monthly membership options starting at $9.99 per month. With the membership, you’ll get unlimited free delivery and waived cancellation fees, in case you forget about your laundry pickup and you never show up to answer the door.
2. For your groceries — Instacart
It’s freezing outside and you just can’t brave the walk to the grocery store, but you desperately need more food in your fridge. Whatever the case, the treck to the grocery store, coupled with the long lines and the headache of dragging all of your groceries back to your apartment can be a real pain in the butt. Luckily, apps like Instacart allow you to do all of your grocery shopping online from your retailer of choice.
Select your groceries online, pay for them on the app and one of the Instacart shoppers will pick them all up for you and deliver them straight to your building. You can track the grocery items as they’re being shopped and see if any changes have been made to your order (maybe because of an out-of-stock item). The app offers same-day delivery, so you don’t need to plan your grocery shopping way in advance to make use of it. The delivery fee depends on the size of your order and the delivery time that you choose. When the app gets a lot of orders, on a Sunday afternoon for example, delivery fees might be higher.
3. For your furniture assembly and heavy lifting tasks — TaskRabbit
Some of us just aren’t very handy, especially when it comes to assembling furniture. That’s where apps like TaskRabbit come in. This app offers over 140 thousand vetted handymen and women who can help you with anything from refurnishing your apartment to lifting heavy boxes when you move. All you have to do is pick the task that you need done from the extensive list of services in the app, read reviews of taskers and pick the one that fits best with your budget. Once you schedule a service, you can communicate directly with your chosen tasker to solidify the time and location of the service. If you’re looking for someone to assemble your furniture, the average cost for a tasker on TaskRabbit is between $47 and $119.
4. When you need to get rid of old clothes and gadgets — OfferUp
This app lets you buy and sell items, all from the comfort of your couch. Just snap a pic of the item that you’re trying to sell, whether it’s a car or shoes, and upload it to OfferUp with a description and price. Once someone’s interested in your item, they’ll be able to message you directly to discuss pickup, dropoff and payment. You can even read people’s profiles and see their transaction history to make sure that they’re reliable. What’s more, the app lets you browse deals on items being sold in your neighborhood so you can avoid hefty shipping fees and having to travel far from home to pick up your new purchase.
5. For your storage needs — MakeSpace
You’re slowly transitioning from summer to winter clothing but you can’t seem to find space in your closet for that extensive collection of sandals. This is where MakeSpace comes in. At a tap of a finger, the MakeSpace team will pick up your items (everything from a bin of sweatshirts to furniture) and store them at a storage facility with 24-hour monitoring. Before you schedule a pickup, you can take pictures of the items that you’re putting in storage and save them on the app. This way you’ll always be able to track what you have in those bins. You can even use the app to have certain items delivered back to you if you just can’t live without them. The price will obviously depend on the storage space that you require, but your first pickup will be free and comes with free, durable MakeSpace storage bins.
6. If your apartment desperately needs some TLC — Handy
So you’ve been avoiding cleaning your apartment and now it’s become such a mess that one person can hardly tackle it alone. Apps like Handy let you schedule professional cleaning services from your phone on either a one-time or reoccurring basis. Just input the size of the apartment or house that needs to be cleaned and the app will give you a price for the service. You can then book it online, choose a date and time and pay and tip directly from your phone. Handy offers next-day availability, great for those looking to clean up before an impromptu visit from mom. If you’re not satisfied with a cleaning, Handy will allow you to schedule another one free of charge.