Lifestyle » Vol. 46

Technology takes the work out of cleaning

Now that the weather is finally on your side, the last thing you want to do is spend hours inside cleaning. Put away the mop with this armada of apps and services that will do your cleaning for you.

TECHAppstoCleanStore your off-season items

Store your winter gear using MakeSpace’s on-demand storage system. When you schedule a free MakeSpace pickup, pack the bins with your winter stuff and gather your skis. The company will pick it all up, store your bins in a secure storage facility and create a visual catalog of your stuff, so when you need something delivered, it’s just a few clicks away.

Outsource your chores

Like a personal assistant, TaskRabbit is a reliable one-stop shop for doing your dirty work. Taskers, who are fully vetted by TaskRabbit and reviewed by other customers, obliterate a spring cleaning to-do list by taking care of pretty much anything imaginable, including cleaning carpets, helping someone move into a new place, mounting a TV, getting groceries, cooking, etc.

Get your home cleaned

Give your home the deep clean it needs after winter without any effort by using Homejoy. Background-checked and certified professional cleaners will come to your home and clean every room. Homejoy will even wash your dishes, do your laundry, fold your clothes, make your bed and take out your trash and recyclables.

Get butler-esque service

Get a personal butler using Alfred. Twice a week, a carefully vetted Alfred will swing by and complete chores and errands and free up your time. Alfred will sort mail, tidy up an apartment, do grocery shopping, stock the fridge and pick up and drop off dry cleaning, laundry and pharmacy items.

Sell almost anything

Use OfferUp to easily sell just about anything (except for a few forbidden items) to people in your neighborhood. All you need is the app, your phone’s camera and 30 seconds to list any item for sale on OfferUp. Just be sure to double check the buyer’s reviews so you can get your cash with confidence.

Sell your stacks

Have unwanted video games, Blu-rays, CDs or DVDs? Send them to Decluttr and collect dollars. The app turns your phone’s camera into a barcode scanner, so you can get an instant value for your discs. Ship your discs to Decluttr using the free shipping label and get paid when your collection is processed

Ship your stuff

While purging your closet, ship items across the country using Shyp. All you have to do is take a photo of the item and enter its destination. Shyp picks it up, securely packs it and sends it anywhere in the world using the most efficient option.

Go paperless

Recycle your stack of papers after downloading and using Scannable to scan and digitally save any paper. Got an important business card? Use Scannable to transform it into a contact in your phone, complete with LinkedIn details.

Stop receiving junk mail

Using PaperKarma, stop junk mail from ever reaching your doorstep. Just snap a photo of the mail, and PaperKarma will contact the senders to remove you from their distribution lists.

Mass unsubscribe from junk email

Strip from unwanted junk mail from your inbox with Unroll.Me. Unroll.Me allows you to see your subscription emails in one place and unsubscribe from the junk you don’t want in just one click. For the subscriptions you do want, Unroll.Me lets you combine them into one email called the “Rollup.”

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