GET BACK TO SCHOOL SMART WITH TASKRABBIT

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There’s magic in the air.

A sense of excitement and anticipation, like something wonderful is about to happen, like you’re going to wake up to a wonderful surprise.

No, it’s not Christmas — it’s back to school!

But, getting ready to send the kids back to school can be a complicated process, which is why we’ve got your back.

The only thing a Tasker can’t do is help you with your kid’s homework — trying to remember high school algebra is entirely up to you!

TASK OF THE WEEK: HELP ME ASSEMBLE MY IKEA FURNITURE

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If you’ve ever run the IKEA gauntlet, you know it’s the sort of thing that can either make or break relationships.

It goes like this: You and your significant other (or roommate or whatever) just moved into a new pad and you can’t wait to make it your cozy new home. You decide to pick up some furnishings from IKEA, and excitedly go through the catalog checking off the items you want for the place, and make sure to schedule some time to grab some of those famous IKEA meatballs at the end.

However, as you try to decipher IKEA’s illustrated instructions, you begin to wonder how the pieces in front of you will ever come together as a dresser or if you’re missing parts or why you didn’t just spend the extra money on fully assembled furniture. Tensions rise and your head starts hurting.

That’s when it’s time to turn to TaskRabbit.

IKEA furniture assembly is one of our most popular tasks.

For a Client in Los Angeles who was trying to meet a deadline, Tasker Heber showed up ready to help put together furniture for his design studio so it would be ready to receive clients for the coming work week. Heber was able to help get everything assembled in about three hours — we imagine the job would have taken longer solo.

Meanwhile, on the east coast, a Client with a sizable IKEA haul enlisted the help of Tasker Michael to help get the job done. After all, your time is money, and if you can cut down the time it takes putting furniture together, the sooner you can get back to spending time doing the things you want to do.

As for another Client, she knew she was in way over her head when she managed to put her dresser together only to discover that three of the six drawers would not close. Tasker Jared was able to diagnose and solve the problem in a short amount of time, and everyone was happy.

If it requires assembly, it probably requires TaskRabbit.

BEFORE AND AFTER: PATIO MAKEOVER

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Has this ever happened to you? You move into a spot with a yard, patio, or balcony, and you start fantasizing about balmy summer evenings spent sitting out there, perhaps with a drink in hand. Or perhaps you have visions of cultivating a little balcony garden or a window box of bright flowers.

But then something disrupts your plans — winter or work or something that drew you away — and your outdoor space becomes overrun with spiders and plants gone awry. Little by little, your dream dies, and now you can only gaze wistfully out the window and imagine a cozier spot.

Well, one of our London Clients decided to take back her balcony. Wanting to make use of her limited outdoor space in time for summer, Farah hired Tasker Jack, who helped clean and beautify the balcony with an arrangement of potted plants. Though there was not a lot of room to work with, Jack made the space a “wonderfully peaceful place to spend a relaxing summer evening.”

Have any yard work we can help you with? Summer isn’t over yet — there’s still time to make your outdoor space a place you can enjoy during the warm evenings!

Have some TaskRabbit before and after photos you’d like to share? Send as un email at tales@taskrabbit.com — we’d love to see them!

GUESS WHAT THE MOST REQUESTED JUNK FOOD ON TASKRABBIT IS

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Yesterday was National Junk Food Day — although if you ask certain people at the office, everyday is Junk Food Day — so we wanted to know what junk foods Clients get delivered the most.

According to our research, deliveries of beer, pizza, cupcakes, candy, donuts, and champagne make up our “junk food” tasks, and the most popular of all? Cupcakes!

Even if you didn’t celebrate National Junk Food Day yesterday, remember that we’re always available to pick up and deliver any food you’re craving!

GET RID OF THE MONSTERS IN YOUR CLOSET

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Did you know that when you stuff things in a closet, they slowly procreate and proliferate? It’s true. Those books you didn’t want to toss but you didn’t know else to do with so you stashed them in your closet? They’ve mated and given birth to a litter of scarves you’re never going to wear.

Suddenly one day, you open your closet and then promptly shut it because even just looking at it makes your heart flutter with panic.

And trying to decide what to keep and what to get rid of is hard, especially when an item elicits nostalgia. Just getting started can be daunting.

Knowing what lurked in her closet and what a challenge organization can be, Sarah enlisted the help of Tasker Chloe as a personal assistant. Together they conquered Sarah’s wardrobe. Sarah said that even though she asked Chloe to be “ruthless” in her approach to decluttering and tidying up, the Tasker did so in a “really lovely way” and Sarah highly recommends her.

Got an inspiring before and after TaskRabbit story to share? Email us at tales@taskrabbit.com!

TASK OF THE WEEK: GET SOME BEES

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Alan in San Francisco is on a mission to save the world — one bee at a time.

Bees get a bad rap — for some folks, a bee sting can result in a life-threatening allergic reaction — but these hard-working little insects are actually responsible for pollinating a significant portion of all flowering plants worldwide. Sadly, they’re disappearing from the planet and no one is quite sure why.

Bees!

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Alan had everything he needed to help the bee population: Two hives and all the other necessary bee-keeping supplies. The only thing he was missing were the bees themselves!

So he headed to TaskRabbit and found Tasker Elena’s help. The task ended up being a little more complicated than anticipated, but Elena was happy to do the research. She even took the time to ask some bee-loving friends where she could get a small colony (called a “nuc”) of bees. Eventually, she found a place that sold bees, negotiated the price down, and delivered them to Alan and his hives.

We’re stoked we got to help Alan on his mission to save the world!

How can we help you?

IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR THAT SUMMER VACATION

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We’re halfway through July, so that still leaves August for your summer getaway.

If you’re trying to figure out how to squeeze in a vacation while the weather is still warm and beach-friendly, never fear! TaskRabbit is here!

  • Not sure where to go? How to nab the cheapest flights or a hotel closest to the best attractions? And what the best places to eat are? Hire a Tasker to help do your research for you. You can give them a set of parameters to search within, and let the Tasker do the rest. They can even arrange your travel bookings for you.
  • Dreaming of getting away but have a pet who needs to stay home and be taken care of? Don’t worry — there’s a Tasker for that! Taskers are available who can make sure your pet gets fed, played with, and walked daily while you’re away.
  • No matter how often you travel, every trip seems to require a shopping list of vacation accessories like sunscreen, a couple new shirts, medication, and those little tubes of toothpaste. Send a Tasker to run all your pre-travel errands so you can focus on all the myriad of other things you have to get done before leaving.
  • Okay, you’ve got everything in order; now it’s time to pack! Avoid baggage weight fees or forgetting your favorite jacket by hiring a Tasker to act as a personal assistant who can help you decide what to bring and what to leave behind.
  • Last but not least, don’t forget your future self. No matter how fun vacation is, it’s always nice to get home. And what makes coming home even nicer? Returning to a nice, neat, clean space. Depend on a Tasker to tidy up your home, and thank your past self when you get home.

Anything else we can help you with? Just let us know?