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Home Neat Home: 7 Steps to an Organized Closet

If you’re like us, you’ve recently added “tidy up” to your growing 2019 to-do list, opened the closet door, and silently begged Marie Kondo and the organization gods to grant you the strength to get started. Deep breath. Help is coming. Use these seven steps to maximize your storage space while maintaining your sanity — and if it gets too overwhelming, find a Tasker to help! Empty the closet and group like items in piles. Once you’ve taken stock of all the pants, t-shirts, blouses, etc. you own, sort each group into four piles: keep, repair, toss, or donate. Tasker Cheryl D. tells her clients to get good at parting with things. “If it’s stained, faded, has broken zippers, or is missing buttons, get rid of it,” she advises. If you’re making repairs, make a list of what needs to be resewn. Place the Repair, Toss, and Donate piles in appropriate places so they stay top-of-mind until they’re taken care of. Cheryl suggests by the front door or in your car — “or they will …

Weekly Task Inspiration: A Marble Bathroom & Dreamy Nursery

At TaskRabbit, we’re constantly trying to make our homes a place we love spending time every day. That means we’re always on the lookout for home inspiration, whether it’s a small tweak that makes all the difference or a big renovation to start afresh. Most often, we find them from you. Here are some of our favorite home projects from the TaskRabbit community this week. Have a project you completed with help from a Tasker? Share a photo using #TaskRabbit and tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to be featured! Mounting We’re nominating Tasker Dustin H. for most eye-catching task of the week thanks to the mirror and bathroom fixtures he mounted (on marble!) to finish off a client’s bathroom. In Boston, Tasker Ted D. helped a family feel at home by creating an impressive photo gallery, while @thetaskernyc anchored floating bookshelves to the wall. Assembly NYC Tasker Casey T. set up these barber shop chairs. In Austin, Tasker Randy B. made a client’s closet goals come true with this IKEA cabinet. Painting & Wallpapering In New York, Tasker Claire F. …

Get Ready for Winter Storms with this Snow Prep Checklist

We’ll never turn down a lazy snow day followed by a cozy evening indoors, but if you’re not prepared, the best part of winter — snow — can quickly turn into the worst. While winter weather is notoriously hard to predict, you can get ahead of the blizzard with a bit of careful planning. Prepare for every stage of a winter storm with this safety checklist. Caulk windows and doors. Get ahead of cold weather by fixing major leaks before winter starts. Caulk and weatherstrip windows and doors to keep out drafts and save on energy bills.   Trim overgrown branches away from the house. The last thing you want during a storm is for a stray branch to crash through the roof or down a power line.   Check smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries. Check batteries at the start of each season, especially in winter when heat and fireplace usage — and chances of power outages — increase. Salt driveway and walkways. Slow snow buildup by evenly sprinkling deicing salt on your driveway, …

Conversation Starters to Fill Every Awkward Holiday Party Silence

In an ideal world, there wouldn’t be any awkward silences at the dinner table this holiday season. Just in case that does happen, we prepared a few fun conversation starters that can get the whole table in a discussion about cartoon characters or bucket list items. Use this guide to make a conversation the party will never forget! Need an extra set of hands for your party? Hire a Tasker today to help cross off your holiday “to-do” list. 

Holiday Gift Wrapping 101

If one of the best parts of the holidays is unwrapping a pile of gifts with your name on them, one of the most stressful has to be wrapping a pile of packages for everyone on your gift list. We break down our tried and true wrapping method into a few simple key steps. Follow them for crisp edges and festive flair. Keep in mind that a little bit of tape goes a long way when used strategically! And if you’re facing a pile of boxes or a couple oddly shaped packages, hire a Tasker to help with the wrapping.  Lay Package Face Down Cut & Measure Paper You’ll want a piece that wraps all the way around the long end of the package, with an inch or so overlap. The shorter ends should come up halfway on the sides.  Fold & Tape Sides After taping the long side, fold the short ends of the gift by pinching two parallel edges toward the center. This creates two triangles from the opposite sides. Fold the triangles …