My 13 Favorite Time Saving Apps
I need more time. Everyone could use more money, in addition to also also sure, I could use more help however more than anything I genuinely need more time. With two tiny, needy, unpredictable children in addition to also also a demanding career, I’ve come to realize in which my time is actually the one thing of which I am SUPER protective of. Luckily, Silicon Valley in addition to also also all their VC backers know in which I’m not alone, in addition to also also the inundation of time saving apps has filled our phones, to the point where grocery shopping seems like a nostalgic event – especially in LA where traffic makes a quick trip for a gallon of milk a 3 hour situation.
So I’ve made a list of all the time saving apps in which I’ve used – sometimes I even call them my diva apps because a few of them have to do with beauty needs. Most of these are luxuries, however they are Great to have in your arsenal when you look at your week in addition to also also realize you barely have time to brush your teeth, let alone your hair.
Handy.com – This particular’s a handyman in addition to also also cleaning service with vetted dudes in addition to also also ladies. I’ve used This particular once for an electrician/tv mounting in addition to also also he was great in addition to also also will continue to book him. This particular was $60/hour which ain’t nothing, however electricians are way more expensive so This particular was a genuinely Great option. He mounted my TV (hooked This particular all up) in addition to also also hung drapery hardware in addition to also also drapes in 3 hours. This particular’s like hiring a husband without the marital argument. however we also use them for our office cleaning every two weeks!
Taskrabbit – Taskrabbit in addition to also also Handy are probably in competition, however I use them for different things. I use Taskrabbit to clean the leaves on my tree (I’m not kidding, each one has to be wiped off individually because This particular features a stupid virus), put together furniture, in addition to also also move furniture around my house. I found my go-to dude through Taskrabbit, in addition to also also today I just book him directly. Everyone is actually a different cost, ranging through $25 – $60 an hour based on experience in addition to also also the task. They will do literally ANYTHING – put together Ikea furniture, paint, pick up your rugs for cleaning, grocery shop, run random errands . . . anything.
Porch – Porch is actually more about experts in a service. This particular could be yoga, accounting, tutoring, or house painting. I’ve used This particular to find a Great window washer, gardening services, in addition to also also to get quotes through contractors. Yes, even I find This particular EXTREMELY hard to find the right contractor in addition to also also am constantly trying out completely new people.
Blow Me – Calm down, This particular’s just a blow out (of the hair). I’ve done This particular today twice, right after I had Elliot when I felt so schlubby in addition to also also ugly (as you do when you are spending 49 hours a day in pajamas in addition to also also only showering every third day), however I couldn’t genuinely leave the house because I was breastfeeding. So some dude/chick comes to your house in addition to also also blows your hair out. This particular’s not as Great as Dry Bar, however This particular’s at your house in addition to also also sometimes you just need someone else to brush your hair in your own home – words of a true basic bitch, right there.
Saucey – Booze/wine/mixers on demand. I think in which the warehouse is actually located near me because This particular takes like 20 minutes through order to delivery (I’m sure This particular’s not the same everywhere). This particular’s more expensive than the stores, however you are paying for convenience. This particular’s perfect for those dinner parties where you see your stash dwindling, or those lazy Sundays with friends, when no one is actually volunteering to go to the store.
Washio – today, I haven’t used This particular one yet because I’m too lazy to even collate all my dry-cleaning into one bag, in addition to also also instead I opt to wear the same clothes over in addition to also also over in addition to also also over, however I hear This particular is actually wonderful. We are redoing our laundry room inside next few weeks, so while This particular’s under construction we’ll be using This particular app, I’m sure. My friends in which use This particular love This particular, in addition to also also if This particular stays successful This particular will make going to the dry cleaner obsolete – which is actually not Great for dry cleaners, however might be Great for moms.
Instacart – Grocery delivery within a couple hours. I do This particular everyday. This particular’s rather financially irresponsible because This particular is actually more expensive than going to the store. however taking those two kids to the store is actually almost impossible, in addition to also also using my free time to do in which seems absolutely ludicrous. The pluses are in which you get your groceries delivered through anywhere you want (Whole Foods, Ralphs, Costco), the minuses are in which sometimes you think you ordered 3 carrots when instead you ordered 30 pounds of carrots. Or often This particular’s hard to find “chicken” at Whole Foods on the site, even though they obviously carry this particular.
Despite all in which, This particular is actually what we’ve chosen to do because I hate grocery shopping that has a mad passion in addition to also also between work in addition to also also those kids, This particular is actually the only way I can keep fresh food inside house so we aren’t ordering take out every night.
Soothe.com – Massage on demand. I’ve done This particular today three or four times. There is actually something weird about This particular, I’m not going to lie. You feel both bougie in addition to also also dirty at the same time, however sometimes you just want someone to pet you with oil in your own home. Two of my three massages have been decent however not amazing. However i keep coming back because the service is actually so convenient in addition to also also this particular’s the same cost as a spa, although much more expensive than going to your local Thai massage joint.
All in all, sometimes on a Friday night (again if you have kids in addition to also also didn’t book a sitter) This particular’s the perfect treat. I did those mostly when I was pregnant, while everyone else was at happy hour in addition to also also This particular did give me something to look forward to at the end of a long week.
Amazon Prime today – This particular’s only on your phone in addition to also also This particular means you can get many things to you within hours – at least in LA. This particular’s crazy fast in addition to also also easy. I couldn’t find an image of This particular (This particular took me forever to realize This particular’s JUST on your phone).
Postmates – Restaurant delivery. I think they do different things too, however mostly we order take out through them. When we first moved through completely new York to LA we were horrified at the lack of takeout. Seven years later we finally don’t need to leave our own home to eat bad Chinese.
Door Dash – More restaurant delivery, very similar to Postmates, however often they do have different restaurants in their arsenal.
Care – While most of our sitters are through word of mouth, every today in addition to also also again we’ve been stumped. Care.com vets the nannies, sitters, in addition to also also mother helpers. You interview them, in addition to also also we stick around the very first time with them, however then we have a completely new sitter to call on when The Bachelor invites us back for the “Women Tell All” episode.
Doctor On Demand – I’ve done a couple sponsored posts with them because This particular’s a service in which I genuinely like. We use This particular once a month (in addition to also also no, I don’t get This particular for free), for random little things in which are more serious than a Google search, in addition to also also less serious than immediately going to a doctor. Read This particular in addition to also also This particular post to see how in addition to also also why we’ve used This particular.
So what am I missing out on? When you look at This particular whole list together, This particular looks as though we rarely need to leave our homes, or in which we don’t do anything for ourselves anymore, however I think in which the planet (Silicon Valley) is actually responding to our basic need to not be oppressed by minutiae of day to day living – especially in a city in which takes FOREVER to run 1 errand. So while we can’t outsource every single annoying thing in our lives, This particular’s Great to know in which we have more options so we can spend more time with our kids in addition to also also friends in addition to also also less time waiting in line for a parking spot at Trader Joes.