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SAVOR YOUR SUMMER – LET TASKRABBIT CLEAN HOUSE

Seems like just yesterday we were gearing up for our first long weekend of the warmer season… But the summer is positively zipping by!  Don’t let errands and tasks get in the way of enjoying your last few weeks of carefree sunshine.  Spend a day outdoors while TaskRabbit cleans house. Let a Tasker spiff up your bathroom, while you head out to catch some rays. Make sure you can really take in the view. A Tasker will leave your windows crystal clear. Perhaps you’re overwhelmed by dishes post-BBQ?  We can help. Has the return from a big beach day left your place a sandy mess?  Don’t stress – Taskers are available to give your place a thorough cleaning. What else can we help you with?

TASK OF THE WEEK: TEACHER ON THE MOVE

Here at TaskRabbit, we are big fans of education.  After all, the children are our future.  But we also love to help our teachers out when we can. When one teacher moved from St. Louis to Chicago this summer, she wasn’t just moving house – she was moving classrooms as well. After 5 years of teaching Elementary and Special Education in St. Louis, our Client, Kristen, found that she’d built up a vast collection of personal teaching items and tools.  She had family help to move these hundreds of books, educational games, school supplies, and more from St. Louis to Chicago, but she knew she needed extra help to get it all into her new classroom. That’s where TaskRabbit comes in. With dolly in hand, Tasker Steve M. made the process easy for the Client.  He coordinated the unload, and efficiently carried all the items up the several flights of stairs well within the agreed upon time. Here’s to Kristen and all the hard-working educators, students, and parents out there.  TaskRabbit hopes we can help you prep for a great start this school year. Kristen tells us …

ARE YOU READY FOR THE BURN?

We’re talking about Burning Man — naturally. It’s nearly time to “return home” to the desert — throw off your corporate trappings and get freaky in Black Rock City where everyone knows your Playa name. But are you ready? Are you really ready? Are you still one or two metallic pair of leggings short of a week’s worth of outfits? Hire a Tasker to call ahead to all your favorite costume shops to make sure they’ve got gold pants in your size in stock before you make a trip to buy them. Do you have enough sunscreen? Water? Food? Face paint? Send a Tasker out to take care of shopping for the essentials — after all, nothing will harsh your mellow quicker than a sunburn or realizing you don’t actually have the tools necessary to paint a heart on your cheek. Need someone to supervise your art car overnight? It wouldn’t be the first time. Back in June Tasker Nathan watched the Disco Space Shuttle for an evening for a pre-Burning Man party. Let TaskRabbit help you …

LET TASKRABBIT HELP YOU GET OVER THE HUMP

It’s the middle of the week and you find yourself flagging. You had started the week so full of enthusiasm, positive you would charge through your list of things to get done. Now it’s Wednesday and your energy has waned while your to do list seems to have only expanded. Let TaskRabbit help you over the hump. It’s always the tedious errands that pose the biggest obstacles. Fortunately, Taskers are on hand to pick up the slack. Finally organize and clear all that paperwork that’s been sitting stacked on your desk. Bills, contracts, and receipts — you know you need to save them, yet somehow they never manage to make it into your filing system. Hire a Tasker to help get everything finally filed away. Demolish the dirty dishes in the sink. No matter how diligent you are about washing dishes, sometimes they just stack up, and then just the thought alone of tackling the task becomes daunting. Leave it to a Tasker to wash, dry, and put the dishes away so you have one less …

TASK OF THE WEEK: JUST A LITTLE TASTE OF KOKO

Jane Ko is a social media strategist, photographer, and blogger living in Austin, Texas who has a penchant for fine food, fine aesthetics, and never turning down a glass of champagne. On her blog, A Taste of Koko, Jane demonstrates the magic that can happen when creative visionaries and crafty Taskers combine their powers. With the help of Tasker Carley, Jane assembled and installed a set of IKEA BESTA cabinets, customizing them into a beautiful DIY wine and coffee bar. We didn’t know IKEA could look so grownup and stylish! Check out Jane’s blog for details on how she and Carley worked together to reinvent Jane’s living room. Feeling inspired? Let us help make your decor dreams come true!

RECLAIM YOUR SUNDAY AND LET TASKRABBIT TAKE CARE OF THE LAUNDRY

The worst day of the week is probably Laundry Day. If you don’t move quickly, someone else will claim the building’s sole washer and dryer for six loads of towels — that’s if you’re lucky enough to live in a building with laundry facilities. Otherwise you have to drag your dirty clothes to the corner laundromat and stand guard all day. And even if you have your own private machines at home, washing, folding, and putting everything away is a daunting task. Fortunately, we can help you every step of the way. If your pile of laundry has grown so big that it’s started to cultivate its own civilization, it’s time to call a Tasker. Sorting the lights from the darks, moving laundry from the washer to the dryer, and finally folding it all — leave it to a Tasker to take care of. What about all that “dry clean only” clothing? A Tasker can handle that too! Just hire someone for a pickup and delivery, and that’s one more thing you can check off your weekend to …

LET’S GET RETRO FOR VINYL RECORD DAY

Today is National Vinyl Record Day and whether you’re a hipster with a retro fetish or can actually recall with nostalgia using your parents’ record player, today is the perfect day to get your vinyl collection back in shape. Assemble furniture: A good home entertainment system starts with the right furniture. If you’ve recently purchased a console to house your sound system, you can hire a Tasker to help with its assembly so you don’t end up with mysterious “extra” pieces and a wobbly table. Organize your records : Trying to find your favorite record among your vinyl collection is not as easy as just searching for the title on your computer, so having your music physically organized is the best way to keep your tunes at your fingertips. A Tasker can help you put your vinyl in easy, accessible order. Setup your record player: If you’ve got all the pieces but just haven’t set them all up yet, a Tasker can help you wire up your sound system. Next all you’ll need to do is invite everyone over …

TASK OF THE WEEK: A PERFECT PHOTO FINISH

He had been training all year for this moment. For Hunter in San Francisco, the eponymous marathon was his first ever, and he could not be more proud of his accomplishment. Understandably, he wanted to share his triumph with friends and family. Unfortunately, his family is on the East Coast, and wouldn’t be able to watch Hunter cross the finish line in person. So Hunter came up with the ingenious idea of asking a Tasker to help him get the perfect photo finish. Tasker Angelo coordinated with Hunter to get the timing just right, showing up an hour before Hunter’s projected finish so he could score the best photo spot. As Hunter finished the marathon, Angelo snapped the moment, and even got some celebratory photos of Hunter with supportive friends. Hunter says the whole process was “simple” and “could not have worked out better.” We’re so glad we could help! Congrats to Hunter on his first marathon and kudos to Angelo for such great photos!

LET US TAKE CARE OF THE BARTENDING

As we mentioned, yesterday was National IPA Day. We hope that everyone of legal drinking age who wanted to celebrate got a chance to imbibe some hoppy, bitter brew. National IPA Day got us thinking about celebrations in general, and how we can help make your parties a success. One of the tasks we frequently receive requests for is bartending. Whether you need someone to simply pop caps off bottles or mix more elaborate cocktails, a Tasker can take the responsibility off your hands so you can spend more time hosting and socializing. If you’re planning to entertain any time soon, hire a Tasker to take care of serving the libations. Cheers to a great weekend!

FOR IPA DAY SEND A TASKRABBIT TO GET YOUR FAVORITE BREWS

Did you know August 6 is National IPA Day? Short for India pale ale, IPAs have become wildly popular the past couple of years. Known for bitterness derived from hops used to create the IPAs, the distinct brewing and flavor of IPAs were developed during the late part of the 18th century. The invention of the IPAs is largely credited to a guy in England named George Hodgson for the Bow Brewery. According to legend, a pretty ordinary batch of “October beer” underwent a unique maturation process on its voyage to India, where it impressed consumers upon its arrival. The rest is history. Celebrate this hoppy beer tomorrow with a delivery from TaskRabbit. We’ve made tons of beer runs for Clients, and if you feel like cheers-ing National IPA Day, be sure to schedule a pickup with a Tasker — they can deliver either to you or a friend! (21 and older, of course.) Enjoy!