Adulting is exhausting work — even if we women are totally better at it than men. From keeping your apartment organized to working your side hustle, responsibilities big and small are constantly cropping up for you to handle, now. Which is exactly why we’re major proponents of using adulting hacks to GSD as easily and quickly as possible. We’ve rounded up 10 of our most-used on-demand services that let us spend more time on self care and less time running errands.
Amazon is taking over the world and, honestly, we’re here for it. With no-minimum free two-day delivery and access to Amazon Video, Music, Pantry, and about a thousand other features, Amazon Prime is an adulting must-have. For a $100 yearly membership, you can have your everyday essentials delivered right to your doorstep whenever you need them — this is especially life-saving for city dwellers who need to stock up on bulky, heavy things like cat litter and paper towels and dread schlepping them blocks back home.
Samsung Premium Care
Our phones have enabled us to do pretty much whatever we want and wherever want… and that includes from in your pjs on the couch. Whether you need help setting up a new phone, want a replacement phone delivered right to you, or are just eager to learn about the awesome features you’re not taking advantage of yet, Samsung Premium Care has you covered on your Galaxy S8 or Note8 phone. You can schedule a meeting with a Samsung pro to come directly to a location of your choice for whatever tech support you may need. You can even get in-person support once a month for a routine check-up to make sure you’re getting the most out of your phone. The first month of Samsung Premium Care is free, so go on and surf, shop, email, swipe, and double-tap to your heart’s content knowing that a team of Samsung pros is available to help.
There’s nothing more satisfying than a fridge full of fresh veggies and a pantry stocked with yummy snacks. Only problem? There’s nothing more annoying than going to the grocery store to make that happen. Enter Instacart. This grocery delivery service pairs you up with an Instacart shopper who purchases your premade list that you built on the Instacart website with any participating grocery store. They’ll text you in real time for clarification, updates, and substitutions: It’s like you’re the one doing the shopping, except you’re cozy in bed rewatching Parks and Rec for the hundredth time.
Big news, IKEA fans — the Swedish furniture brand just bought Taskrabbit, which means you can get down with their hygge winter collection without worrying about putting any of it together. Of course, you can also hire a qualified “tasker” to help you pack, move, or do yard work — basically anything that requires extra skills and time that you may not have. No time like the present for someone else to install those shelves and rake those leaves.
We take our skincare and beauty regimens seriously at Brit + Co — from face wash to eyeliner, we’re forever searching for the perfect product balance. With beauty subscription boxes like Birchbox and Boxycharm, you get a curated collection of products shipped to your door, giving you renewed motivation to stick to a nighttime skincare routine — since, as you know, adulting means always washing your face before bed.
Money management can be intimidating AF, but true adulting means having your finances on lock. You can make the process much less painful by signing up with a money management service like Mint, where you can pay bills, track your spending, set your budget, and even manage your investments right from your phone. It’s super-intuitive and user-friendly, and we honestly can’t live without it.
For those times when you’ve adulted so hard you’re too tired to cook, Postmates allows you to order delivery from anywhere, regardless of their in-house delivery policy, so you can indulge in your most random culinary whim no matter what. Be careful with this one though, since adulting also means being wise with your money (see above), and Postmates can be trickily addicting.
Good wine is an adulting essential, right up there with clean underwear and raw kale. And understanding and developing your palate is all part of it — we’ve moved past picking our bottles based on what label looks the coolest (for the most part anyway). But figuring out what wines you like can be an expensive (and confusing) undertaking on your own. Which is why we love Winc so much — after filling out a palate profile and choosing a bottle combination on their website, you get sent four bottles of wine each month. The variety, convenience, and thrill of a package of wine on your doorstep cannot be overstated. Must do.
We’re not sure why exactly, but laundry and dry cleaning are literally the worst errands of all time. Which is what makes FlyCleaners such an adulting gift. Just schedule pickup and drop-off times, and someone will be by your place to whisk your dirty clothes straight away to the washing machine. FlyCleaners is only available in NYC, but there are lots of similar services available in other areas, so get to Googling.
Adulting at its most luxurious, this on-demand massage service means you can get those kinks worked out of your back in your own living room. Book from Soothe on your phone for any time between 8am and midnight (hello, restful sleep!), and a licensed massage therapist will arrive at your door within one hour with their own table, sheets, oils, lotion, and music to provide you with a massage of your choice, whether it be Swedish, deep tissue, sport, prenatal, or even a couple’s massage. With options for a 60-, 90-, or 120-minute massage, you can totally customize your experience.
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